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This course is eligible for a fee waiver

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for this course if you are aged 19 or over and unemployed / earning less than £17,004.00 per year.

Mode of study Part-time
Duration 36 Weeks
Campus London Road Campus
Start date Please ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 to find out when this course next runs
Tuition Fee £472
Exam/Reg Fee £226
Course code PLR2ACT001 (2021B)
Runs on Wednesday
  • Who is it for?

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional body for Accounting Technicians. Traditionally a wide range of people study for this qualification. This course is suitable for students aged 19 or over unless supported by Local employers or on an apprenticeship.

    If you have achieved at Foundation Level, you may be eligible for progression on to AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. You will be able to undertake duties at an introductory level in financial or management accounting; roles such as accounts assistant/administrator, accounts payable clerk, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, tax assistant, trainee auditor.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements but strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will need to attend college once a week over the academic year. To pass the qualification, you will need to complete 5 external exams.

    The topics covered include:

    • Comprehensive double-entry bookkeeping
    • Control accounts and reconciliations
    • Journals and suspense account
    • Banking
    • Introduction to costing
    • Computerised accounting (Sage)
    • Working effectively in accounting and finance
  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessments in the qualification will be computer based assessments (CBAs). CBAs are an up to date method of assessment that directly reflect the practical tasks that you currently perform or will be performing in the workplace. CBAs offer you greater flexibility as you can take these assessments as and when you are ready and with the agreement of your tutor. Also, as many CBAs can be marked automatically, you'll get a provisional result straight away - no more waiting ten weeks for the results.

  • How much does it cost?

    An indication of course costs for you to consider are:

    • Tuition Fees (including exam fees on your first attempt)
    • AAT Registration Fees (paid by you after the course starts if you are 19 or older). Currently £147  first time registration or £99 renewal fee
    • Re-sit Exam Fees, £45
    • Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older), approx. £80
    • Materials fee, £20

    All course costs are waived for students aged 18 years and under.

    There may be fee waivers available for students aged 19-23. For students aged 19+, financial assistance may be available through the College towards the cost of books and AAT registrations.

    For fee enquiries please contact course advice on 01743 342333.

  • Additional Notes

    In addition to attending the classes, all students will find it necessary to supplement their studies with home study.

    Previous convictions: Please note - When registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have committed any criminal convictions or had civil convictions against you. All declarations will be followed up by AAT. Serious convictions may result in you being barred from becoming an AAT registered student.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.

Fiona McGeevor

Fiona McGeevor

AAT bookkeeping

I enrolled on the part-time AAT bookkeeping course as a mature student and have found the teaching staff here superb as you get a lot of life experience from industry trained teachers.

Holly Gibbons

Holly Gibbons

Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting

I wanted to change my career and went to work with D.R.E & Co. Chartered Accountants, who put me onto this course to get all my qualifications. After I have finished studying at SCG I will do my charter training at university. This is a widely recognised qualification that you need if you want to be a Junior Accountant.

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Career Options

  • Financial and accounting technicians

    Up to £48,000

  • Chartered and certified accountants

    Up to £43,000


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