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Foundation Diploma in Accounting with AAT

The Accounting Technician diploma combines the excellence of Pitman Training’s reputation and practical learning with industry leading knowledge from AAT, the professional body for accountancy.

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Is this for you?

It’s an essential qualification for anyone just starting out on their financial career path looking for junior/entry level positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk for example.

It would also be a useful qualification to gain if you’re a business owner wanting to confidently maintain and manage your business finances 

No matter what your reasons for studying this qualification, you can be confident you’ll gain a level of knowledge that means you can confidently apply your new found skills in any business setting.

There are a number of career and training progression options available from this qualification. If you hold a career goal of working as an Accountant or, Management Accountant for example, from here you could opt to continue your studies and seek to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification and then fully consolidate your skills and really take them to the top level with a Professional Diploma in Accounting.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 220 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date

Flexible

Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type

diploma

Duration

AAT recommended study time 340 hours

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About this diploma

Finance Skills x Qualifications = A Strong Career Path

Every business needs people with a strong grasp of figures, but these days to be in demand you also need to have the technical know-how to be able to input and report financial information using the latest software. Being able to provide business Directors with accurate and timely reports and data analysis is crucial.

Whether you’ve already got basic skills or are venturing into the world of finance for the first time, this qualification could be the rocket to really launch your career in accounts. This powerful diploma combines the excellence of Pitman Training’s reputation and practical learning with industry leading knowledge from AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians), the professional awarding body for accountancy.

Climb the career ladder

This is a fantastic diploma for those who wish to gain the skillset required to work in the financial industry. You’ll study a range of courses including manual and computerised bookkeeping, Sage, costing, along with gaining invaluable spreadsheet knowledge.

Not only will you gain the essential knowledge and understanding of basic accounting procedures, on successful completion you will be able to present your accounting qualification to potential employers and be confident in the knowledge that you’ve put yourself in the best possible position to climb the accounting career ladder.

This diploma holds valuable skills for any accounting professional. Whether working within a large or small organisation, or as a consultant or self-employed accountant, the skills learnt here are valuable to all. Small business owners who look after their own finances also find this Diploma hugely beneficial.

For the duration of your studies you’ll gain access to MyAAT the online AAT study support site with resources, study guides, practice assessments etc.

Once you’ve successfully completed your training you’ll gain a Pitman Training certification and then be well placed to gain the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting qualification.

Aims and Objectives

Packed full of practical training the Foundation Diploma in Accounting with AAT is your blueprint for building a successful career in finance and holding such a prestigious qualification can open up many doors.

 

If you are looking to gain an initial AAT qualification, this is a great starting point. Once you’ve completed your course you will be ideally positioned to go on and undertake the relevant AAT qualification examination to gain a Foundation Certificate in Accounting (previously Level 2 Certificate in Accounting).

Courses Included

In addition to the core courses shown below you'll also study the following AAT courses:

- Elements of Costing
- Work Effectively in Finance

Bookkeeping Level 2 - Module 1

People with strong bookkeeping skills are always in demand. This course is designed to give you an advantage over others with less experience, teaching you double-entry bookkeeping.

Bookkeeping Level 2 - Module 2

This course is the second module designed to further your bookkeeping level 2 studies using the double entry system so you can keep accurate bookkeeping records.

Bookkeeping Level 2 - Module 3

This third bookkeeping module covers many areas including using the journal, and year end accounts which include the profit and loss account and balance sheet.

 

Excel

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. This course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level.

Over 10 self-paced lessons you’ll learn how to format your spreadsheet to best display your information, handle simple and complex formulas, insert charts, learn how to insert functions such as IFERROR and much much more.

Sage 50 Accounts 2017

This Sage 50 Accounts course will help you learn how to process a business’ finances using this globally renowned accounting software. This is essential, interactive training using Sage Accounts, designed for those who already have an understanding of manual bookkeeping processes. 

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

This course will help you learn the processes and procedures involved in manual bookkeeping. You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping. Once you have completed this training, you will be well placed to go on to study computerised accounting. 

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

The course is perfect for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It’s the ideal intermediate bookkeeping course for those wanting to further develop their bookkeeping skills and want to learn the correct methods and techniques to be able to confidently manage the financial records for businesses or other organisations.

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, you also choose two additional elective courses. Below is a list of recommended courses but there is a wider list available. Please speak to a Course Advisor for full details of how best to tailor this Diploma to your requirements.

Understanding Business Accounts

For a business, nothing is more important than its finances. This course will provide you with a good understanding of business accounts – essential knowledge if you run a small business.

Outlook

This flexible study Outlook course takes you through everything you need to use this popular email system as a work tool, from navigation and views through contacts and appointments, to tasks and folders.

Health and Safety Essentials

Unlike many other health and safety training courses this is a flexible study course so you have the freedom to study whenever suits you. The interactive e-learning system makes this an extremely simple and useful health and safety course.

Effective Business Communication

This excellent course will raise your game when it comes to business communication skills, which is often top of the list of qualities demanded by employers. 

Sage Payroll

Of all our finance courses, our Sage payroll course is the most popular and the most in demand. This online payroll training course will help you gain the understanding and practical skills you need to use this popular payroll software. This course will prepare you to gain an IAB Level 2 Award in Computerised Payroll.

Payroll Principles

Payroll Principles is a great short course that can be studied in just 4 hours. The course is designed to teach those new to payroll the theory behind the practicalities of running a business’s company payroll.

Word Expert

This training course in Microsoft Word will propel your Word skills forward to an advanced level. Over several lessons, you’ll become confident in a range of Word’s more sophisticated features. 

Word

Our Microsoft Word course is designed to provide you with the essential skills you will need to be proficient in Word, in a work environment, in as short a time as possible. 

Access

An understanding of how to utilise Microsoft Access to its best is a highly worthwhile skill to have at your command. This is a popular database application that is widely used across many employment sectors.

Numeric Data Entry

This is a fast, specialist course of 2-3 hours that will teach you how to touch-type using the numeric keypad, essential if you regularly input figures into a computer as part of your role.

Introduction to Business Structure and Law

If you have or are thinking about setting up your own business, this course will provide you with an essential grounding in the basics of business structure and law.

Time Management

Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency - and this is the perfect time management course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time. 

Pre-Requisites

There are no formal pre-requisites required. 

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 

 

Self-Funded: 

  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

 

 

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

 

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

 

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

 

 

Career Path

This course is ideal if you're looking for a career in Accounts and Finance, working as an Accounts Assistant or bookkeeper for example. From here, you could progress to undertake the AAT Level 3 qualification which could lead to careers as an Accountant, Management Accountant, Finance Manager. 

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