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The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised professional accounting qualification (leading to letters after your name) perfect for those who want to work in accountancy practice, industry or are self-employed.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is both a qualification in its own right and also the second year towards a potential AAT qualification and membership making it ideal for existing Junior/Assistant Accountants. This qualification can also be obtained by completing the Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

The course is taught by qualified experienced Accountants/Tutors giving pass rates that consistently exceed the national averages by as much as 25%.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting builds on the knowledge gained in the Foundation Certificate and covers the following modules:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping – non-current assets, prepayments and accruals, inventory and extended trial balance
  • Final Accounts Preparation – Sole trader accounts and partnership accounting
  • Management Accounting Costing – Absorption and marginal costing, process costing, further budgeting and decision making
  • Indirect Tax – VAT, inputs and outputs, rates and partial exemption
  • Year End Revision Synoptic – revision of the subjects above and incorporating modules on ethics and spreadsheet skills

Assessments are independently managed by AAT and are taken on a computer with the results received the same day. The course lasts one year and on successful completion you will receive the Advanced Diploma in Accounting as well as being ideally placed to move on to the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma.

For further information download the AAT Factsheet 2021-22.

GCSE grade 4/C in English and Maths preferred. You will also need an AAT Foundation certificate in Accounting or equivalent Bookkeeping/Accounting competence.

The cost of this course is £2,545. The Advanced Learner Loan is available for this qualification. Costs include all books and materials and one exam attempt per subject. Extra costs are AAT annual membership fees – £99.

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How will I be taught?

Teaching is by lectures with practical examples and hands on practice.

What is the difference between day release and distance learning?

Day release is ideal for those who prefer the discipline of weekly classes with face to face tutor contact. There is a set timetable of teaching and exams and students generally complete their qualification with better pass rates and more quickly this way. A ‘day’ typically runs from 9am – 2pm and there is still an expectation that students will do some work at home to embed learning and revise. For this course we suggest that students work 6-8 hours a week on top of the lesson, with a little more in the run up to assessment.

For those who cannot attend a class on a regular basis, distance learning in the form of home self-study can be an effective option. Students can work more at their own pace to their own schedule and other commitments. Huish provides books and online tutor support via e-mail and telephone contact. This approach requires good self-discipline from students to adhere to a study timetable will generally- but doesn’t have to- take longer overall.

What is the timetable like?

Students may start in early September or January. We offer distance learning courses whereby students home study with remote tutor support.