Personal Learning Account

Are you aged over 19 and earning under £26,000? Or, has your employment been negatively impacted by Covid-19? Then this course could be available for free through the Personal Learning Account.

How to apply: To apply through the Personal Learning Account, visit this information page.

Is this course right for me?

If you’re looking to become a qualified accountant or to gain professional status, then this course will develop your practical accounting workplace skills and prepare you for higher level accounting qualifications.

The main topics are:

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

*Plus end of year Synoptic Assessment

Please see the relevant part-time prospectus for details of costs, including exam fees.

Entry requirements:

  • AAT Access Level 1 or alternatively GCSE Maths and English grade C
  • Ideally, you should be working in an Accounting role
  • All students are required to register with the professional body for accounting technicians
  • All places are subject to satisfactory interview


  • formal lectures
  • will involve a commitment to reading and practising your skills outside lectures


  • computer-based assessments spread throughout the course


Completion of the programme can lead to a range of options in employment and education, including:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.