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Are you good with numbers? Do you enjoy the challenge of mathematics? You could be perfect for a stable, well-paid and respected career in accountancy.

About our accountancy programmes

We provide industry-standard, AAT approved programmes that lead to professional bookkeeping status; developing your core skills in business administration, boosting your employability, and supporting your progression into higher education if this is your intended route.

If you want to work as a professional accountant, we offer a pathway that combines two advanced-stage qualifications:

  • AAT Diploma for Accounting Technicians
  • Diploma in Business, Accountancy Pathway

AAT is the professional body for accounting technicians, recognised internationally as a respected foundation for chartered accountancy.

As part of your studies, you will also have access to:

  • the latest version of Sage software
  • computer rooms
  • study spaces
  • the opportunity to purchase discounted laptops through our partnership with Academia

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What is a career pathway?

Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.

Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.

By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds

While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click here to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.


What could my future job look like?

With our career pathway in accountancy, you could access a range of exciting careers. Here are some examples of roles and their associated tasks:

  • Credit control assistant: Assist in coordinating the debts of existing creditors and manage all money borrowed from or owed to your business.
  • Bookkeeper: be responsible for a business’ accounts, recording costs and income, as well as produce financial statements and other reports for supervisors and managers.
  • Chartered accountant: provide financial advice and services to clients. You can work within a business or as a freelancer, working on auditing, accounting, financial analysis, risk management and generally steering an organization towards profitability and efficiency.
  • Finance manager: develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of an organisation. Manage investments, produce reports for managers and be responsible for the financial health of an organisation.

The accountancy industry

Bookkeeping and accounting skills lie at the heart of success for thousands of organisations across the UK and many more internationally.

The accountancy profession plays a crucial supporting role in all types of commerce. The collection, analysis and reporting of financial information underpins business decision-making and administration at all levels. Professionals who are proficient in this ‘language of business’ are vital players in economic activity and success.

Over a million people are currently employed in the wider accountancy professions across the UK.

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Industry partnerships

We work with local businesses to design our programmes so that you leave Activate Learning with the exact skills that employers are looking for. These include:

  • BDO
  • academia for business

Furthermore, work placements give you practical experience and insight into potential careers within this sector.