SCQF Level 6
Enterprise and Commerce

Course Overview

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and will help you to pursue a rewarding career in accountancy and finance. You will be provided with the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress into employment in an accounting or finance role or to apply for further study of accountancy and finance. 

This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting and wish to progress or are at a more intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is also suited to those who have already started working in finance and who have a need to attain formal recognition of skills or school leavers who are interested in pursuing a career in this occupational area. It is also suited to adult students and those looking for a career change. 

What You Will Learn
  • Advanced Bookkeeping 
  • Final Accounts Preparation 
  • Management Accounting  
  • Indirect Tax 
  • Ethics for Accountants 
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting 
Entry Requirements
  • AAT Level 5 Foundation Certificate  
  • Two Highers in any subject  
  • It is recommended that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and Mathematics, for example, Certification at least at National 5 for both would be appropriate 
  • If you have other relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience then these may be considered as appropriate entry requirements 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • There are six mandatory units that you will be assessed on 
  • Four are assessed individually at an end of unit through a computer-based assessment 
  • Two are assessed along with the other four in the final computer-based exam 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be required to take the AAT Skills Check to indicate entry point
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • AAT Diploma in Accounting SCQF Level 8 course 
  • Professional Accounting qualifications offered by ACCA CIPFA and CIMA 
Career Opportunities
  • Become a full member of the AAT (MAAT)  
  • Employability and promotion prospects within the financial sector 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Open learning
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
An Edinburgh College Accounting student is hoping to calculate his way to award success as he goes up against fellow students at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Nineteen-year-old Junjie Xu, who studied a Financial Services Foundation Apprenticeship at Edinburgh College before progressing onto a HND Accounting course, has been shortlisted for Foundation Apprentice of the Year at the annual awards, for his achievements while studying at the College and working with the Financial Services team at Virgin Money. 

Junjie, who is partially sighted, doesn’t let his visual impairment affect his learning or willingness to succeed and embarked upon his Foundation Apprenticeship while studying at the Royal Blind School for Visually Impaired and Blind Children. Junjie said: 

 “When I heard that I was a finalist, it felt great! All of the hard work that I put into achieving the award has paid off and I have overcome some difficult challenges.” 

Read more of our student stories here. 
Start Date and Time

Open Learning

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Open Learning

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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