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AAT Accounting Level 2/3 Diploma (Fast track)

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Key information

Qualification type

Professional Course

Course code


Career Pathway



Level 2, Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

New and returning learners:

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This is an opportunity to study for a professional accountancy qualification in under one year. 

This is an opportunity to study for a professional accountancy qualification in under one year. 

We cover the requirements of the Association of Accounting Technicians at Foundation and Advanced levels. 

This is a qualification for people wanting a career in accountancy who wish to follow a route into employment. It is also suitable for people who wish to change careers.

What I'll learn

You will gain a qualification that is valued by employers, the opportunity to specialise in accountancy subjects and will be well on the way to a pathway towards Chartered qualifications.

You could progress to the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional qualifications.


How I'll learn

You will gain practical skills in accounting, underpinned by thorough knowledge that will help you to achieve success in the workplace.

At Foundation level, you start to develop your skills in double entry book keeping and gain a grasp of management and administrative processes. You will learn basic costing principles, computerised accounting systems and how to work with purchases, sales and General Ledgers. 

At Advanced level you are introduced to more complex tasks such as preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships. You also learn how to maintain financial and cost accounting records and use computerised accounting software.

The course fee includes tuition, exams and AAT membership, but you will have to purchase books from Kaplan which cost £238.


How I'll be assessed

You will learn practical skills in the classroom through interactive teaching and presentations.

You work independently and in small groups with support from tutors.

The course is modular with assessments taking place throughout the year which involve computer-based tests.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSE Grades from Grade 5 (C) and above including English and maths.


How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.