In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management, and cash and treasury management.
Achieve professional AAT full membership
If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional MAAT status.
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of this qualification. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. Professional 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. Ideally, students should also have completed the AAT Foundation and Advanced Level qualifications.
This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options.
The mandatory units are:
All assessments in this qualification:
At times, we may be required to change our plans in order to comply with Government guidelines. If we make changes, you will be kept up to date via announcements through your course VLE.
The hours allocated per week are taught hours with the teacher. Independent study sessions are required for this course, allowing you the flexibility to undertake your own studying/revision at home to reinforce what you have learned in class.
As part of your AAT course, you will need to purchase resource/text books to aid your revision. There may also be the additional cost of registration/subscription fees and exams (which can be discussed at interview).
AAT Membership = £147
Books = £128 (This is the total cost for 7 x tutorials and workbooks for each unit)
Assessments = £420 (Total cost for 6 x assessments)
AAT Membership and cost for first exams is included.
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy can give qualified students exemptions towards all or parts of the UK’s chartered and certified accountancy qualifications. The following chartered bodies offer exemptions to AAT students:
AAT level 3 student Anila Bara says she would recommend Derby College 100% – and not just for its accounting courses. Anila has been studying with the College since 2013, which is when she came to the UK from Albania.
She said: “I didn’t speak English when I first moved to Derby so I enrolled at St James Centre, Derby College and did my level 2 English. I then went to Joseph Wright Centre to take maths GCSE. Once I had maths and English, I enrolled on the AAT level 2 course at the Roundhouse and I’m now completing level 3, so I’ve been learning at Derby College for seven years!”
Despite having to study for her latest accounting exams during lockdown, Anila, who is 43, still manged to achieve a 100% pass mark in her management account costing exam.
She added: “My tutors are great – always so helpful. We’ve been learning online because of the pandemic and I’ve also been teaching my youngest daughter at home. She likes numbers too. I have three daughters – aged four, 16 and 20 and they’re all good at maths. I’d like to take the level 4 AAT course but I worry as a lot of it – about 40%, I think – is written and I’m still not that confident with my English. I liked every part of my level 3 course but I’ve really enjoyed learning about VAT. It would be good to work as an accounts assistant one day.”
Anila, who started a university course in Albania to be a primary school teacher, said she’s glad to be at the Roundhouse training for a new career in accounting.
She said: “I’ve always loved maths and working with numbers. I’ve been passionate about them from a young age and have always loved going to school. You might say I used to be a geek girl!
“I think Derby College is very good – and not just for accounting courses but for everything.
“All my tutors have been serious about learning and helping their students. I always tell people wanting help with English and maths to go to Derby College. I’d recommend it 100%!”
All my tutors have been serious about learning and helping their students. I always tell people wanting help with English and maths to go to Derby College. I’d recommend it 100%!