Level 2/3 Accountancy
About this course

If you want to work as an accountant or study accountancy, possibly without going to university, this is the course for you.

The Association of Accounting Technicians is well recognised and respected as a professional membership body throughout a wide range of businesses and requires its members to have a professional and ethical approach throughout their accountancy and finance careers

This course is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance, providing grounding in the core accounting skills and knowledge needed to progress either to employment or to further study. It is suitable for young people who are just leaving or who have just left school as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career.

The course provides both the theoretical and practical skills needed to work successfully in an accounting role, and you will learn the skills you need to become an accountant through regular practice of the techniques covered in class.


Our level 2/3 Accountancy course at Chippenham is delivered in partnership with Mander Duffill.

Mander Duffill is a firm of CharteredAccountants, Tax and Financial advisers based in Chippenham. The company’s aim is to provide the best possible service to their clients.

The Mander Duffill Accountancy Academy at Wiltshire College & University Centre aims to develop the region’s next generation of accountancy technicians.

Working with Mander Duffill, the Academy at Wiltshire College & University Centre aims to combine professional accountancy qualifications with work placements and master classes.

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What will I learn?

The course is divided into two parts. The autumn term provides an introduction to accounting by completion of the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. You will learn the basics of book-keeping and costing, as well as computerised accounting and working effectively in accounting and finance.   

In December, you will progress to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, where you will be introduced to the basics of financial and management accounting, spreadsheet software, VAT, and professional ethics.

Autumn term:

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting includes five mandatory units:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance

The first two units introduce you to double-entry bookkeeping, which is fundamental to the preparation of financial accounting records and statements. Elements of Costing provides an introduction to another key subject for accountants, management accounting. 

In Using Accounting Software, you will learn how Sage accounting software can be used to maintain financial records, and Work Effectively in Finance will explain the role of the accountant in the workplace, including an introduction to the important topics of professional ethics and sustainability.

Spring term:

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting comprises six mandatory units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

The first two units develop the skills and knowledge gained in the Level 2 bookkeeping units.

Entry requirements
  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English language and Maths or equivalent.
  • A good reference.
  • A satisfactory interview


Any student who has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings, IVA or other arrangements with creditors should contact AAT before enrolling on the course.  Such arrangements will not normally prevent you from studying AAT, however it may not be possible for you to sit assessments until the arrangements have expired.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During weekly classes your tutor will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed for each unit, using a variety of resources including lectures, handouts and e-learning via the college virtual learning environment.  Time in class will always include the completion of practice questions to consolidate knowledge, and this will be reinforced by home study.

Homework will be set most weeks, and you will also need to allow time for reading and working through questions in your textbooks.  Regular attendance in class is essential to maximise your chance of success.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is assessed by online examinations which will be taken at stages through the course.  Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Elements of Costing and Using Accounting Software are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments.  In addition, towards the end of the course you will sit a synoptic assessment which will assess the unit Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance, as well as knowledge and understanding from the other units of the course.

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is assessed by online examinations which will be taken at stages through the course.  Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Management Accounting: Costing and Indirect Tax are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments. In addition, at the end of the course you will sit a synoptic assessment which will assess the unit Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting, as well as knowledge and understanding from the other units of the course.

Individual unit assessments are not graded, however, you will receive an overall grade for the qualification of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The final qualifications will be Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting and Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Additional costs and information

Additional costs vary depending on your age at the start of the course or financial position.  The course fee includes all tuition and the cost of your first attempt at each assessment. However, due to the complexity of this area please speak to Student Services for further detailed guidance.

All students will need to buy textbooks costing approximately £250 and your tutor will tell you what textbooks to buy at the start of the course.

Before you can sit any assessments all students need to register with AAT, at a cost of approximately £130.  We recommend that you register as early as possible as this will give you access to the many study resources provided by AAT.

Should you need to re-sit any assessments, you will need to pay a re-sit fee of approximately £40 per assessment.

You will need to bring paper, pens and pencils and a calculator to each class. You will also need a large folder, such as a lever-arch file, to keep your handouts and notes in good order.

What could I do next?

There are many opportunities available once you have successfully completed this course. If you already have a previous Level 3 qualification, you may be able to progress to an accounting and finance degree after completing this course.

The Advanced Diploma provides 56 UCAS points (new tariff) and may be combined with other qualifications at Level 3, such as AS/A Levels, to provide a route into higher education.

Successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting will also enable a student to progress to the next level of learning, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4). This would allow you to gain full membership of AAT.  Students will be able to seek employment with confidence in a range of roles such as a credit controller, or assistant accountant.

You could complete the Level 4 qualification and use it to gain entry to university – some universities take AAT Level 4 students onto the second year of the degree. Or you could use the Level 4 qualification as a route to studying for the higher, chartered accountancy, qualifications without the need to take a degree at all.

You will be ready to start a career in a variety of organisations. All businesses need finance staff and job opportunities can range from large multi-national companies to small independent businesses, the NHS, Local Authorities and accountancy firms.