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AAT Foundation/Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Fast track)

This is an opportunity to study for a professional accountancy qualification in under one year.

We cover the requirements of the Association of Accounting Technicians at Foundation and Advanced levels.

This is a qualification for people wanting a career in accountancy who wish to follow a route into employment. It is also suitable for people who wish to change careers.

What do I learn?
You gain practical skills in accounting, underpinned by thorough knowledge that will help you to achieve success in the workplace. At Foundation level you start to develop your skills in double entry book keeping and gain a grasp of management and administrative processes. You will learn basic costing principles, computerised accounting systems and how to work with purchases, sales and General Ledgers.

At Advanced level you are introduced to more complex tasks such as preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships. You also learn how to maintain financial and cost accounting records and use computerised accounting software.

You will learn practical skills in the classroom through interactive teaching and presentations. You work independently and in small groups with support from tutors. The course is modular with assessments taking place throughout the year which involve computer-based tests.
What do I gain?
You will gain a qualification that is valued by employers, the opportunity to specialise in accountancy subjects and will be well on the way to a pathway towards Chartered qualifications.
What do I need?
Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language and Maths (a minimum grade 4 in the new grading system for 2017).
What do I gain?
You could progress to the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional qualifications.
What else do I need to know?
The course fee includes tuition, exams and AAT membership but you will have to purchase books from Kaplan which cost £238.

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Location :

5BFACFB00R Full-time Kings Road, Reading


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Start Date :

Wednesday 05 September 2018

End Date :

Friday 28 June 2019
1 Year 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎0.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎2,573.00

Please note – Fees may be subject to change


case study

Verah Achieng – Foundation Degree in Business and Enterprise

When Verah Achieng moved from Germany to the UK in 2014, she had set her mind on improving her career prospects. Fast forward two years, and she is on track to get a qualification that could change her life.
Verah was working at Oxfordshire County Council as specialist customer service adviser for the Social Work team. She was keen to develop a career in charity management when a colleague, who was studying at City of Oxford College, part of Activate Learning, recommended the college to her. ‘The city centre campus is just around the corner from my workplace and it is really convenient. I just popped over one day at lunchbreak. The receptionist was friendly and introduced me to staff in the business department, so I could talk to them about the courses that I was interested in and how they fitted with my plans.’
Verah chose to enrol on to the Foundation Degree in Business and Enterprise, because it would help her gain a qualification to further her career in her chosen field, whilst fitting around her current job commitments: ‘I want to be a manager in a charitable organisation. The Foundation Degree in Business and Enterprise helped me gain an understanding of how businesses are formed and run, expanding my knowledge of leadership styles and of the context beyond the operational figures. This programme equipped me really well for my future career, especially in terms of leadership skills, creativity skills and skills auditing, learning to identifying your own skills, and how best to put all these in use. And because it’s a higher education programme, I also benefitted from a range of facilities available at Oxford Brookes University, such as the library.’
Vera is set to get her qualification in 2017 and has exciting plans to develop her future career in the field of international non-profit management: ‘I want to work for an organisation such as Oxfam, managing the delivery of aid programmes in the field. Further down the line, I want to run my own business.’
‘Studying at City of Oxford College has given me more experience and knowledge to help turn my dreams into a reality. I would say to anyone thinking about studying for a qualification to go for it, as long as they can make it fit with their commitments. It is a great opportunity to build yourself and invest in your future.’
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