Is This for You?

This course is for those who are studying for the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting* qualification.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 60 CPD points upon successful completion

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In centre, online, or a combination
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About This Course

Students will learn the principles that underpin management accounting methodology and techniques, how costs are handled in organisations, and why organisations treat costs in different ways. Students will learn to recognise different approaches to management accounting and provide informed and reasoned judgements to guide management. They will also learn how to apply these principles and appreciate why effective management accounting is crucial to any organisation.

You can study this course at your own pace and the format of the course means that you can study this in one of our local centres or at home to enable you to fit it in around your existing commitments.

Once you’ve successfully finished this training course you’ll be able to take the unit assessment that forms part of the overall AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualification.

Course Contents

There are six elements to this course:

• The purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation
• Techniques for effective costing
• Investigation of deviations from budgets
• Spreadsheet techniques for management accounting
• Management accounting techniques for short-term decision making
• Principles of cash management

* Level 3 is the equivalent of Level 5 in Ireland and Level 6 in Scotland.

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Aims and Objectives

To understand the role of management accounting in an organisation.


Students should have gained the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualification.

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: –


  • 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

There are plenty of career progression options available and depending on aspirations, you could work towards a career as a Chartered Accountant, Finance Manager, or a Financial Controller.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.