The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance. This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. It is also suitable for those who are at an intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. They will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.The AAT will require all students to register with the Professional Body. Restrictions to membership may apply. More information is available at www.aat.org.uk.
Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as:
• an accounts assistant
• an accounts payable and expenses supervisor
• an accounts payable clerk
• an assistant accountant
• an audit trainee
• a credit controller
• a finance assistant
• a finance officer
• a payroll supervisor
• a professional bookkeeper
• a senior bookkeeper
• a tax assistant.
Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper, or progress on to Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria. It also provides the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.
The assessments are computer based with a time restriction. Each contains a range of question types and formats, for example multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal. Some assessments will require written answers, particularly the synoptic assessment.
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and Maths. Accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience. AAT recommends that students use AAT Skill check via aatskillcheck.org to ensure that they are ready to start on a particular qualification.