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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
4:30pm - 9:00pm
33/34 Weeks
Westmorland Campus

Professional Business Services

The professional business services department provides courses for those wishing to retrain or develop their career in the professions of accounting, HR, law, management and IT.

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Course Overview

This course will support you to develop the technical knowledge and skills to progress your accounting career.
You will learn how to prepare financial statements for Sole Traders and Partnerships, the importance of management accounting information, and how to prepare VAT returns.

The course is delivered in person, at Kendal College by industry experts, who have a wealth of experience at supporting individual learners to achieve. The in-class experience also offers a chance to study with others and begin to create a professional network.

To achieve the qualification, you will study and sit computer based assessments for 4 units:
- Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
- Management Accounting Techniques
- Tax Processes for Businesses
- Business Awareness

You will learn advanced double entry bookkeeping. You will account for depreciation, asset purchases and disposals, and prepare and extended trial balance. You will also learn how to prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships and work with incomplete records.

You will understand management accounting techniques used for accounting, cash management and decision making, including managing budgets and analysing variances.

You will study the VAT system, and learn how to complete and submit VAT returns to be compliant with HMRC rules.

Finally you will study ethics in accounting, business structures and the economic environment. You will also learn about technology in the accounting profession and the importance of data security.

Please note there is an additional course materials cost of GBP100 for this course.

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are AAT level 2 (or equivalent), unless you have significant work experience. Please contact college to speak to an accounting tutor if you are unsure of what level is appropriate for you.

All students need to be committed to the course and have a willingness to learn.

In addition to the course fees, students need to join the AAT as a student member. This costs GBP225 and is payable directly to AAT. This gives you access to AAT online resources and must be paid at the start of your course.

The course fee includes your tuition for the academic year and exam entry fees for the first sitting. Additional charge will be made for any resits required (GBP60 per resit). The course cost includes printed course notes. Students are encouraged to purchase text books (offered at a discounted rate) to support out of class study.

Students must complete the course in the academic year.

After Your Course

AAT qualifications are much sought after by employers, and the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualification is an excellent way to gain the knowledge to start a new flexible career. On completion of this course, you may progress into employment in the industry or work for yourself. Many students who complete AAT level 3 Diploma in Accounting progress onto AAT level 4 course. The qualification attracts UCAS points, and some students progress onto to study finance-related subjects at university.

On completion you may decide to apply for roles such as finance assistant, payroll clerk, sales ledger clerk, purchase ledger clerk or trainee accountant or accounts assistant.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.