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In Short

The course is for those wishing to develop their basic accounting skills, or to progress to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) and subsequently to the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) and AAT membership.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required. A key skills initial assessment will be required for all applicants who do not hold one of the following:

  • Qualification at Level 2 or above in a related field, (e.g. bookkeeping, business administration)
  • GCSE grade 4 (C) or above in maths or English
  • Recent, relevant work experience (on agreement with Course Tutor)

You will also benefit from having a working knowledge of using Microsoft Windows. If you have concerns about this please discuss with the Course Tutor.

Course Content

There are specified units which make up the key roles of the accounting occupation at this level.  These units are as follows;

Introduction to Bookkeeping

Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

Principles of Costing

The Business Environment (inc Synoptic)


Further details to the content and syllabus for each of these units can be obtained from the AAT website (

How will I be assessed?

You are required to successfully complete a Computer Based Assessment for each unit detailed above, plus a Synoptic Assessment at the end of the course.


Progress onto the AAT Advanced Diploma (L3), and subsequently to the AAT Professional Diploma (L4) and AAT membership.


Text book purchases are required for this course at an approximate cost of £75. Additional revision books are also available. These books can be purchased through any online bookstore, or direct from the publishers using details that will be provided nearer the time.



Aged 19+
Course fees* £632


*includes all aspect of the course, including tuition and exams (excluding textbooks – see below)

If you are unemployed and in receipt of a state benefit, or you are working or self employed and have a gross annual wage of less than £20,319, you may be entitled to a fee reduction. To qualify for the fee reduction you will be required to show evidence of either being in receipt of benefit, or if you are working a wage slip, which must be dated with three months of the course start date.


Textbooks will be required at an approximate cost of £75, payable direct to the publisher or your chosen bookstore.


All students will be required to register with the AAT as a Student Member. This incurs a one-off fee of £172. See for more details.


Refund of fees will only be paid in the event the College cancels the course, or if you notify the College of your intention to withdraw from the course 2 weeks prior to the start date.


Fees – All fees quoted are for British/ EEA Citizens with settled status who have been resident in an EEA country for the last 3 years or have exceptional circumstances or exceptional leave to remain. If you are in any doubt as to your status please ask for advice on enrolment.


Fee Reductions


If you are in receipt of an income based qualifying benefit, you may be entitled to a fee reduction. To qualify for the fee reduction an up to date award document, or a letter from the benefit agency, must be shown at the time of enrolment.


For further information or advice on fees, including any concessions, please contact the Information Centre on 01305 208808.  The College Fees Policy document is available at the College Library.

You can apply to enrol:-


  • By calling in to the Reception/Information Centre situated in Fleet Building at any time. Times of Opening are:  30am-4.00pm Monday to Friday.


For further information on this or any other courses, please either contact the Information Centre as above or visit the Weymouth College website


AAT Case Study

“When I left school my dream was to become an accountant. I decided to start work immediately and then try and find an apprenticeship. But life took over and I lost sight of that dream.

When my youngest daughter was 5 months old I started working in a supermarket –not a bad job at all but I knew it was not the field I really wanted to be in.

In the summer of 2016 I saw an advert for an accountancy course at Weymouth College and decided to give it a go – I was actually convinced I wouldn’t be accepted (I only had my GCSEs and they would surely be out of date by now).

I thought the application process would be gruelling – but in actual fact it couldn’t have been easier, and my existing qualifications were fine.

I was also concerned – as a single mother – how I would be able to afford to follow my dream. But the College put my mind at rest, going through all my options and how they could help me to achieve my goal without financial hardship.  Before I knew it I had started my Level 2 AAT.

I passed my Level 2 exams and continued onto Level 3. When I started level 3 I also began working as a finance assistant, something I could never have envisioned doing 18 months before.

It was hard juggling college, work and childcare but I have an amazing tutor who was always there if I needed help. She was able to make things so much clearer, helped me get a routine in place  – certain days for studying,  days for working out, for working and for being a mother. Everything is possible if you put your mind to it, my children are proud of me and the college make everything so seamless.

For anyone thinking about starting a course but worried about how it will all fit in, how it will be funded etc. – don’t worry it will work and once you start you will never look back. It is never too late to start learning something new!”

Katie – embarking on her 3rd year of studying AAT at Weymouth College

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