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Mode of study Part-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date Please ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 to find out when this course next runs
Tuition Fee £1,835
Exam/Reg Fee £230
Course code PLR3ACT001 (2021B)
Runs on Thursday
  • 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 - usually those working in accounting or finance. Local employers send their employees to our College to study at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. On successful completion of Level 3, students can progress to Level 4 in order to obtain the full AAT qualification and/or onto the full Higher Level Apprenticeship. The Level 4 Diploma in Accounting also provides exemptions to some higher level qualifications. When you have completed the course you will be able to: undertake duties at an advanced level in financial or management accounting. A financial accounting role could include preparing final accounts for a sole trader or partnership and preparing VAT returns. A management accounting role could include preparing management accounts which are used to make critical business decisions.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are formal entry requirements and it is expected that students will have successfully completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping or have some other recognised finance / accounting qualification. Alternatively, we do accept students who have gained sufficient accounting experience in their place of work.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will need to attend College one day 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.
    • Accounting adjustments (assets, depreciation, stock, prepayments and accruals, bad debts and provisions)
    • Extended trial balance
    • Incomplete record techniques
    • Final accounts for a sole trader & partnerships
    • Indirect tax (VAT returns)
    • Cost and revenue information
    • Spreadsheets
    • Professional ethics.
  • 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.

  • How much does it cost?

    An indication of course costs for you to consider are:

    • Tuition Fees
    • Exam Fees (except where student is fully funded)
    • 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) approximately £84
    • Materials fee £20

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

    The course is eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan and other fee waivers may be 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

    If you have achieved at Level 3, you may be eligible for entry on to AAT Level 4 or Higher Level Apprenticeships, HND and/or a BA Degree. If you opt to take Level 4, you will be able to apply for full membership on completion of the examinations and after demonstrating key competencies and experience. You can then progress on to higher accounting qualifications such as ACCA (Associations of Chartered Certified Accountant), ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

    In addition to attending the classes, you will find it necessary to supplement youe 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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