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AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)


The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course will give you the practical, internationally-recognised finance and accountancy which is a very highly respected international professional body of accountants.


The Advanced Diploma in Accounting course will build upon the AAT Foundation Certificate skills and enable you to undertake more complex financial processes. This will include final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and VAT returns, and professional ethics. You will learn how to use spreadsheets in an accounting environment and gain knowledge and understanding of costing systems and aspects of budgeting that will help aid short and long term decision making. You will also learn about professional ethics that members of the Association of Accounting Technicians are required to adopt.

The Advanced Diploma course is taught in classrooms with highly experienced teachers who have worked in the accounting environment. Classes contain a diverse mixture of learners of all ages and backgrounds.

Students are required to provide their own textbooks and AAT Membership costs. Calderdale College will pay for the Examination fees for each unit. The College will also pay for the first attempt at an exam and if required, the first resit. Any additional resits can be taken but the learner will be responsible for funding these attempts, the College will not pay for additional resits)


Delivery of the programme is through a series of lectures, workshops and seminars. The pace of learning is accelerated which requires a commitment of at least seven hours home study per week. Homework, practice simulations and exercises are indicative of the programme to assess progress and learning on a weekly basis.

Course Leader profile

Louisa Smithson

Louisa started her career working in the Retail and Finance Sectors and began her ACCA studies in 2006. Louisa now works as a practising accountant with a local business. Louisa is passionate about teaching and helping students achieve their qualifications, incorporating working situations into her work to give learners a better understanding of the industry.

Entry Requirements

An interest in the subject and 4 GCSEs at grades D or grade 3 or above to include Maths and English. Accounting AAT Level 2 is recommended before enrolling on this course.

Interview Process

Interview with subject specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

• Advanced Bookkeeping • Final Accounts Preparation • Spreadsheets for Accounting • Ethics for Accounting • Management Accounting Costing • Indirect Tax

Does the course lead to a qualification?

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How is the course assessed?

Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Management Accounting Costing and Indirect Tax are assessed by an individual unit assessment. There will be a synoptic assessment towards the end of the qualification to test the understanding and connection between all the units.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Completion of the course will enable you to pursue a career as an accounts administrator or assistant, bookkeeper, purchase or sales ledger clerk, trainee tax assistant or trainee accounts technician, then progress to the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

How are aplications considered?

Interview with a specialist tutor.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9400.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day) and Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Hours per week: 6 hours per week
  • Days: Weds (day) Tues & Thurs (evenings)
  • Start Time: 9.30am (Day) 6.00pm (Evening)
  • End Time: 4.00pm (Day) 9.00pm (Evening)
  • Duration: 36 Weeks
  • Course Fees: Please contact Student Services on 01422 399316 For information on fees please contact Student Services on 01422 399316 for more details.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Awarding Body: Association of Accounting Technicians

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