What Will I Learn
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. It comprises six mandatory
• Advanced Bookkeeping
• Final Accounts Preparation
• Management Accounting: Costing
• Indirect Tax
• Ethics for Accountants
• Spreadsheets for Accounting.
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), which may be known
by another name in other countries) issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and
ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet
training for accounting.
What Will This Qualification Lead To
The accountancy skills developed through this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with
confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning. Students will develop skills including mastery of
complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, spreadsheet use for accountants,
VAT returns and professional ethics.
Students will need to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and
address problems that are well defined but also complex. They will be expected to take responsibility for
initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited
parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.
This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT
Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to higher education. More than 30 UK universities and
higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting
and finance-related degrees.
This qualification is part of a suite of AAT qualifications available to students that offer both horizontal and
vertical progression channels. 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. The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting also provides
the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.
4. Choosing to study the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting 9
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.
In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, Advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
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.