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Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The programme is aimed at people who would normally be working in an accounting environment. If you choose to further your studies with one of the leading chartered professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA, your AAT qualification will give you generous exemptions. This level is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree and teaches skills most relevant to finance team leader roles. The final level deals with finance team leader skills including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas. When you have completed the course you will be able to: Upon completion, you will automatically become an AAT affiliate member and with relevant work experience will qualify for AAT full membership. You will be able to undertake duties at a management level in financial or management accounting; roles such as Accounts Supervisor, Finance Manager, Indirect Tax Manager, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Senior Bookkeeper, Tax Supervisor.

Entry Requirements:

There are formal entry requirements and it is expected that students will have successfully completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting or have some other recognised higher level qualification including a strong element of finance and accounting.

You will need GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English or the willingness to work towards them.

International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course and refer to the Course Specification for the IELTS requirement for your individual course.

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 6 external exams, including 1 synoptic assessment. There are 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units covered as follows: Mandatory Units - Financial Statements of Limited Companies (exam); Management Accounting Budgeting (exam); Management Accounting Decision and Control (exam); Accounting Systems and Controls (Synoptic Assessment). Optional Units - Personal Taxation (exam); Business Taxation (exam). All exams will be computer based and will be spread out throughout the year. Single units are also available allowing you the flexibility to study level 4 over a longer period. The synoptic assessment covers all of the mandatory units.

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. As there is a written element within each exam the results are released six weeks later following the exam.

How much does it cost:

Please refer to the college website for up to date tuition fees. 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) £92 renewal fee; Re-sit Exam Fees £45; Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older) approx. £144;  All course costs are waived for students aged 18 years old and under. The course is eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. For fee enquiries please contact course advice on 01743 342333.

Additional Notes:

There is nothing to stop you progressing on to even 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, 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.

 

Open For Applications: No
Who is it for?:

Within this apprenticeship there are various job roles which would be applicable such as;

Accounts Assistant - Maintain relevant financial records (both manual and computerised) and ensure the proper handling and control of all cash transactions.

Accounts Clerk - Performs any combination of the following; calculating, posting and verifying duties to obtain financial data for use in maintaining accounting records.

Cashier - A Cashier is responsible for maintaining outstanding customer service as per company standards, processing sales quickly, accurately and efficiently, cash register operations and safeguarding company assets.

Credit Control Clerk - Maintaining a number of sales ledger accounts, with involvement in the entire ledger process, from assisting new customers for credit limit, through to debt collection and cash allocation.

Finance Assistant - Duties may include accruals and prepayments, assisting in the processing of financial transactions and in the provision of financial information and produce monthly income cost reports.

Purchase Ledger Clerk - Duties may include generating internal invoices to authorise payments, coding and checking invoices, working out any additional VAT payments on top of the basic costs, paying out money via BACS or by cheque, checking and reconciling supplier statements and filing invoices and statements.

Sales Ledger Clerk - Duties may include setting up new clients, producing invoices and chasing up outstanding debts.

Entry Requirements:

In order to complete this Apprenticeship you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards this Apprenticeship. Some employers will specify their own minimum qualification entry requirements, which would be detailed within their Apprenticeship vacancy.

What does the course involve:

There is one main qualification within this Apprenticeship:

  • AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

As part of the Apprenticeship framework, if you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grades 9-5, you will also be required to study functional skills in these subjects as well as Employer Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

How is the course assessed:

This Apprenticeship is taught at our London Road campus on a day release basis once a week. If you need to complete your functional skills, then this will be covered at college. In addition, you will be visited at your workplace regularly by your assessor, for the duration of your apprenticeship to review your workplace progress with your employer.

Additional Notes:

Typically this takes 12 months to complete.

What do I do next?:

To be an apprentice you will need an employer who can offer you work and release you for your training. Once you have an employer in place, you can apply online. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring the Apprenticeship Team on 01743 260400 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open For Applications: Yes
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 £129 first time registration or £88 renewal fee
  • Re-sit Exam Fees, £40
  • 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.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Bookkeeping qualification is suitable for a wide range of students who are interested in gaining skills in manual bookkeeping. This could include those with no prior knowledge of bookkeeping, or those who have some practical knowledge who would like an accredited qualification in the subject.

The course has been specifically designed for:

  • People who are already working in finance and looking for formal recognition of their skills
  • People who have an interest in conducting bookkeeping services for local businesses and becoming a professional bookkeeper
  • Those who want to work in bookkeeping as part of a company’s finance department
  • Those not currently in employment or training who are looking to acquire skills to get into the workplace

This course can be complemented by studying it alongside the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting.

On successful completion of the course students will have the basic skills and knowledge to be able to understand the double-entry bookkeeping system and associated processes. They will also be able to maintain the journal and control accounts, reconcile balances and make corrections, and redraft the trial balance. This will be particularly attractive to those looking to start their own business as it gives them the essential skills to manage their books effectively. If you have achieved at Level 2, you may be eligible for progression on to the part time AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping.

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 one evening a week over a 16 week period. To pass the qualification, you will need to complete 2 external exams on a pre-arranged date. Re-sits can be taken almost immediately.

The topics covered include:

  • Comprehensive double-entry bookkeeping
  • Accounting for sales
  • Accounting for purchases
  • Maintaining a cashbook and petty cash book
  • Trial balance
  • Control accounts and reconciliations
  • Journals and suspense account
  • Banking system
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. Each of your 2 exams is marked immediately.

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 £43
  • Re-sit Exam Fees, £45
  • Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older)£22
  • 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, you 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.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

As the course involves processing accounting accurately using Sage Line 50 software, basic computer skills are necessary. Prior knowledge (or experience) of book-keeping / accounting is also desirable.

What does the course involve:

Areas covered include: Creating customer, supplier and nominal accounts; Processing accounting data; Knowledge of sales and purchase ledgers; Producing accounting reports; Aged creditor analysis and sales day book summaries. The college uses Sage Line 50 Accounting Software.

How is the course assessed:

There is one AAT exam for you to complete at the end of the course

How much does it cost:

Please refer to the current prospectus for tuition and examination fees. A small materials cost is also charged. A resit fee of £45 applies if you are unsuccessful in your examination. You are required to register with AAT at a cost of £43.

Additional Notes:

The part-time course is one evening per week. You will need to register with AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) within 2 weeks of starting your course. You will be able to complete the necessary forms in class.

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.

Progression: You can complete the full AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting Course. Passing your computerised accounting exam will give you an exemption from the computerised unit on that course. Alternatively, you may decide to complete separate manual book-keeping units to support your computerised skills gained.

 

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: The programme is aimed at people who would normally be working in an accounting environment. If you choose to further your studies with one of the leading chartered professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA, your AAT qualification will give you generous exemptions.
Entry Requirements: It is expected that students will have successfully completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting Course 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: To pass the module, you will need to complete 3 external exams. The exams will be computer based. The modules covered include: Advanced bookkeeping, Indirect Tax and Final Accounts Preparation.
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 will get a provisional result straight away.
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 £135 first time registration or £92 renewal fee
  • Re-sit Exam Fees £45
  • Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older) approximately £60
  • 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 your studies with home study.

Previous convictions: Please note - When registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have 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.

Open For Applications: Yes
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 (including exam fees on your first attempt)
  • AAT Registration Fees (paid by you after the course starts if you are 19 or older). Currently £135 first time registration or £92 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.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Accounting is a progressive route for those successful at Level 2 or those with the ability to demonstrate their prior skills, attainment and experience to the required standard. Job roles include: Trainee Accounting Technician; Assistant Accountant.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship, however, you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards these qualifications. Please note, employers sometimes stipulate their own entry requirements which would be detailed against their specific vacancy.
What does the course involve: The main specialist industry qualification is through The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Our training will give you the practical skills and financial expertise to follow a rewarding career in professional accountancy. As part of the Apprenticeship programme you will also study further qualifications in English and maths (if appropriate) as well as Employer Rights & Responsibility and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.
How is the course assessed: This apprenticeship is taught on a day release basis with exams held throughout the year.
How much does it cost: The apprenticeship training programme is fully funded for 16 – 18 year olds. For apprentices aged 19 years and over, your employer would be required to contribute towards the training costs.
Additional Notes: Previous convictions: Please note - when registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have 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.
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: The Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting is a progressive route to train accountants to technician level who work for accountancy firms or in finance divisions within other organisations. Job roles include: Accounting Technician; Accounts Manager.
Entry Requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for an apprenticeship, however, you will be expected to complete an initial assessment in maths and English to ensure you are at a suitable level to work towards these qualifications. Please note, employers sometimes stipulate their own entry requirements which would be detailed against their specific vacancy.
What does the course involve: The main specialist industry qualification is through The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). In addition to AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting, a Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills is also included as well as Employer Rights & Responsibility (if appropriate) and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.
How is the course assessed: This apprenticeship is taught on a day release basis with exams held throughout the year. Some assessments will also take place in the workplace.
How much does it cost: The apprenticeship training programme is fully funded for 16 – 18 year olds. For apprentices aged 19 years and over, your employer would be required to contribute towards the training costs.
Additional Notes: Previous convictions: Please note - when registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have 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.

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