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AAT Diploma In Accounting (Level 7)

(SCQF level 7)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

5th Sep 2022, 36 weeks


City Campus


£ 1250


This AAT course will encourage you to master some complex accounting principles in both Bookkeeping and Management Accounting. You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy and this will allow you to continue with your studies onto Level 8 Professional Diploma. 

About AAT  

AAT works across the globe with around 130,000 members in more than 90 countries. AAT graduates are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world, including students studying for a career in finance, people already working in accountancy and self-employed business owners. AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals.  

Many AAT graduates occupy senior, well rewarded positions with employers from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions. AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT-qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism.  

In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world and provides our students and members with a professional status to be proud of. 

Who should choose to study this qualification?  

The Level 7 Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.  

The purpose of the Level 7 Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress to employment in an accounting or finance role or to further study in accountancy and finance.  

The Level 7 Diploma in Accounting is suitable for adult students, career changers and 16–19-year-old students in full-time education seeking to develop their knowledge and skills in this occupational area. 

Why choose this qualification?  

The Level 7 Diploma in Accounting is a potential route into employment with a globally recognised qualification accrediting the skills and knowledge required by employers.  

On completion, students can successfully undertake a role in finance. It can also be a stepping-stone to further education, with students progressing onto the Level 8 Diploma in Professional Accounting. It works well for students who are studying alongside employment or for those already working in finance.  

This qualification will also suit those looking to gain the skills required to move into a career in finance as it provides a clear pathway towards a successful career in accounting and finance.  

In developing this qualification, AAT has carried out extensive consultation with and received input from a wide variety of stakeholders, including industry experts, employers and training providers. AAT qualifications benefit from being globally recognised and they are valued by leading employers, from small high street firms to large accountancy businesses. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers' at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR 
  • Other equivalent qualifications or work experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided. 

*Relevant subjects include any from a STEM discipline or English. 

Additional selection requirements

You may be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area. This will take place via a video meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. 

What you study

The Level 7 Diploma in Accounting covers a range of essential and complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication. This qualification comprises four mandatory units: 

  • Business Awareness  
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements  
  • Management Accounting Techniques  
  • Tax Processes for Businesses.  

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and develop skills needed for financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. They will also understand the business environment, technology used in finance and accounting, business issues regarding payroll and value added tax (VAT) (which may be known by another name in other countries), issues in business, management accounting techniques, ethical principles and sustainability considerations for accountants. Students will develop an understanding of business and its structure and purpose, as well as appreciating the wider business environment. Students will develop skills supporting complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, use of technology to provide management accounting information, and completion of VAT returns.  

Students will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgment within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work. Students will need to use a variety of data and information about a business to visualise and communicate key information needed for business decision making 

After the course


The accountancy skills developed through this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.  

It will lead to a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the Level 8 Diploma in Professional Accounting and a route to higher education. This qualification is part of a suite of AAT qualifications available to students that offer both horizontal and vertical progression channels. 

Completion of this qualification can provide progression onto the Associate Bookkeeping membership, where students will gain professional recognition with the designatory letters AATQB.  

Students may also progress onto Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria.  

The Level 7 Diploma in Accounting also provides the skills required to support the establishment and operation of a healthy business. Skills developed through this qualification could lead to employment as:  

  • Accounts Assistant.
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor.  
  • Assistant Accountant.  
  • Audit Trainee. 
  • Credit Controller.  
  • Finance Assistant. 
  • Finance Officer.  
  • Payroll Supervisor.  
  • Senior Bookkeeper.  
  • Tax Assistant.  


How the course is taught

The AAT Diploma In Accounting (Level 7) course is intended to be delivered on-campus in a face-to-face learning environment*.  Attendance is mandatory on two evenings per week for the academic session.  This course is delivered in the evening.  You will attend City of Glasgow College on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-9 pm.  

Learners will also be provided with additional learning resources via an online learning platform to practice in their own time. 

*Subject to and operating within Scottish Government Covid-19 operating procedures. 

Assessment methods

The four units are assessed individually through computer-based end-of-unit assessments 

The assessment will take place on completion of the teaching of each unit.   

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    5th Sep 2022, 36 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 1250