AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

Our AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course is perfect for those individuals keen to enhance their knowledge and understanding of accounting. This programme covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Studying in the colleges dedicated classrooms and facilities, students will learn and master a number of financial processes including:

  • Accounting Principles and Concepts
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts
  • VAT Issues in Business
  • Management Accounting Costing Techniques
  • Ethical Practices for Accountants

The course also develops software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting. This qualification comprises of six mandatory units (390 guided learning hours), and its purpose is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a business, finance or professional accountancy career or into further education.

What you will study

All units within this qualification are mandatory - four units are assessed individually at the end of unit assessments. This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the course, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the field:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping - end of unit assessment
  • Final Accounts Preparation - end of unit assessment
  • Management Accounting: Costing - end of unit assessment
  • Indirect Tax - end of unit assessment
  • Ethics for accountants - assessed within the synoptic assessment
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting - assessed within the synoptic assessment.

Students must successfully complete four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%.

All assessments in this qualification are:

  • Set and marked by AAT (with the exception of RPL, which is marked by the training provider)
  • Computer based
  • Time limited
  • Scheduled by training providers or assessment venues
  • Take place at approved centres and venues under controlled conditions

To achieve the qualification and to be awarded a grade, a student must pass all the mandatory unit assessments and the synoptic assessment.

Unit and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to the student’s overall grade for the qualification.

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £225.00

Course Fee: £970.00

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AAT Level 2 with commercial experience. You will need to attend an interview and pass an AAT Skills assessment.

Teaching and assessment

  • Assessments

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.


What our students say

When I came back into education I knew this was the place to go. Moodle is great and there’s a lot of content on there, any questions we have the tutors are very quick in responding.

Breeze Thompson
AAT Accounting Student
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Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


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