This internationally recognised qualification is designed for students who intend to work in accounting after their studies at St Brendan's or university.
The Foundation Certificate is designed to prepare you for junior roles in accounting firms or in the finance department of most general businesses.
If successful in your first year of study, you will be able to progress onto the Advanced Diploma in Accounting in your second year.
Find out more about the many benefits of studying with AAT by visiting the official website here.
Year 1 (Foundation Certificate in Accounting)
You will be learning how to use accounting software, how to record a range of financial transactions, how to verify your book-keeping records, deal with simple costing methods and learn how to work effectively in a finance environment.
Year 2 (Advanced Diploma in Accounting)
You will build on the skills learned in Year 1 by carrying out adjustments to the books to reflect more complex situations, using those records to prepare the financial statements of sole traders and partnerships. You will also use spreadsheets to prepare accounting records, use more complex costing methods and learn the importance of applying ethical considerations in an accounting context.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Accounting is a practical skill and lessons will be spent practising how to record information in the books of accounts and learning how to check your records. You will also learn to use Sage, a well-known accounting package in year 1, together with use of spreadsheets in year 2.
Method of Assessment
After studying each unit you will be assessed by an AAT computer based assessment/test. In each year there are four unit assessments plus one ‘end of level’ assessment which assesses your knowledge of the whole year’s knowledge and skills. In each assessment students must get at least 70% to pass and must pass all assessments in the year to be awarded the qualification. Grades achieved for each unit assessment and the ‘end of level’ assessment are used to determine the final grade for the level - Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Important: AAT rules state that if a 16-19 year old student does not pass an assessment first time they are allowed only ONE resit opportunity. If they do not pass the resit they cannot complete the qualification.
All teaching resources are prepared by experienced AAT teachers. In addition there are revision materials and practice assessments provided by the AAT through their online platform that students will have access to. One of the units in Year 2 is likely to require a textbook.
You are required to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above or the equivalent from 4 subject areas including GCSE English. Mathematics at grade 6 or above is also necessary to join this course.
Students will need to pay an annual membership fee of around £95 to become a member of the AAT which is payable in each year of the course. Retake fees for the assessments (if needed) are also payable and currently cost around £45 per unit. Students receiving a Bursary may be able to have these costs paid from Bursary funds.
Most students will be expected to progress to the Advanced Diploma in Accounting in their second year. Successful completion of that qualification will give UCAS points depending on the grade achieved, thus providing a sound basis for students wishing to go into Higher Education.
Upon achieving the Advanced Diploma in Accounting, students are likely to be highly employable, and many businesses offering apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships or training contracts will be keen to support them in completing their accounting studies.