AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Blended Learning)

L3 Level 3
Part Time
7 September 2020 — 28 May 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Students will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

What you will study

All units within this qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end of unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification:

• 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

* Indirect Tax will be study on a full face-to-face format, attending classes 2 evenings a week. All other units will be studied on the Online & On Campus format from January 2018 onwards.

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) 

• are computer based 

• are time limited 

• are 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: £222.00

Course Fee: £1,228.00

Entry requirements

4 GCSE's grade A*- C or L2 ESOL (writing, speaking and listening). You may need to attend an interview and undertake a skills assessment. Mature learners will be assessed on English Language and Maths. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate some experience of working in an accounting or business environment.

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

Start date

7 September 2020

End date

28 May 2021

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Lev


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE