Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 6

What is special about this course?

AAT Level 6 in Accounting is the intermediate level of the AAT Accounting Qualification. It offers technical training in accounting and its main purpose is to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills to gain employment in an accounting role and / or the opportunity to progress to further qualification in accountancy or a related field.

At this intermediate level, you’ll master more complex financial processes, including final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics.

Once you’ve completed the intermediate level, you’ll be awarded the AAT Level 6 in Accounting.

Entry requirements

Completion of Introductory Level or relevant previous qualifications or work experience.

There are 6 mandatory units at the intermediate level:

  • Accounts Preparation
  • Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships
  • Costs and Revenues
  • Professional Ethics
  • Indirect Tax
  • Spreadsheets Software

How will I study my course?

  • Day release

Mixture of Classroom based activities and self-study.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Students can progress to the AAT Accounting Level 8


    • Accounts Assistant
    • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Assistant Accountant
    • Audit Trainee
    • Bookkeeper
    • Corporate Recovery Analyst
    • Credit Controller
    • Finance Assistant
    • Insolvency Executive
    • Payroll Administrator
    • Payroll Supervisor
    • Practice Bookkeeper and Payroll
    • Tax Accountant
    • Tax Assistant

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    "I had always been interested in accountancy but had thought the only route was through university. However, whilst at college I found out about AAT and once I realised it was possible to become qualified by doing a vocational qualification I immediately signed up".

    "The continuing path to a successful accounting and finance career".

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