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Accounting and Finance

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) accounting qualifications are the ideal first step to becoming a qualified accountant. Recognised by leading employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you're just starting a career in finance, already working in industry or are looking to retrain in a new career.

South Devon College have been awarded AAT Champion 2016 and Large Training Provider of the year 2015.

Our 3 AAT qualifications will develop your practical skills and prepare you for the workplace, developing essential finance administration skills, from preparing final accounts to complex management accounting tasks. Each level of the AAT is a standalone qualification, as well as providing a good progression route through the accounting qualifications.

Our fast-track programme means that upon completion of the AAT Level 4 Diploma, you can progress to the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), as you study the Fundamental Examinations, with exemption from Units F1 - F3. By completing Units F4 - F9 you will gain Chartered Status (alongside 3 years of supervised, practical experience), which will enable you to work in all fields of business and finance. This unique route will help you achieve Chartered Status more quickly than a university programme of study.

In addition to our AAT and ACCA qualifications, we also offer the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) Certificate in Payroll, which means that whatever skills you want to develop in accountancy, we will have the course for you.


Why South Devon College?

Business Advantage has served businesses and sole traders throughout the South West since 2005, providing high-quality training across a variety of areas, including accountancy, management and leadership, first aid, health and safety, human resources and more.

We pride ourselves in offering bespoke solutions that suit your needs and make a real and lasting difference to your organisation, regardless of the size of your business. Whether you need a short half-day course or a substantial programme of management training, we will have the courses to help you develop your company.


Tom Bray, AAT level 2 and 3 student

One of the many benefits is the vast number of progression routes which come from this AAT qualification. The AAT caters for both practice and industry based roles which has helped prepare me for my future career.


Don Mackintosh, Tally Ho! Coaches Ltd, Kingsbridge

The AAT is a great way to move from being a bookkeeper to a mini Accountant; from my perspective I can start collecting strong management information in-house, which is quicker and cheaper than using accountants or consultants. It also makes work more interesting and fulfilling for our bookkeeper.


Anna Kingman, Titan Furniture, AAT level 4 student

The AAT course was the perfect way for me to get into the world of accounts. I have met lots of new people and have made necessary contacts for possible future job roles. I really recommend the AAT course at South Devon College.


Access to Accounting (Online Course) - AAT Level 1

Even if you have no experience of working within the finance sector, our Entry Award in Accounting can give you a real insight into the world of accounting. It is therefore suitable for those considering accounting as a career option. As well as getting a taster of what it is like to work in a professional environment, you will pick up accounting terms and get additional support with literacy and numeracy. You will learn basic accounting principles and practice over four units covering the following subjects:

- Mathematics for accounting
- Essential accounting procedures
- Creating business documents
- Accounting in a professional environment

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
AW1AAT1ONLPaignton Campus TBC Var 9 00 -
10 00
8£99.00 Apply

To find out when the next Access to Accounting (Online Course) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - AAT Level 2

If you want to become a professional bookkeeper, our Intermediate Certificate in Bookkeeping will give you the skills and essential knowledge you need to manage books effectively. The course offers a solid introduction to manual double entry bookkeeping, including associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard, providing a great starting point for anyone wishing to start a career in Bookkeeping. You will learn basic bookkeeping practice, split into two units, covering the following subjects:

• Processing bookkeeping transactions
• Control accounts, journals and the banking system

Please email business@southdevon.ac.uk or contact 01803 540600 for next available dates.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
CT2BKK1EBHProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
15/MAR/17 -
26/JUL/17
Wed 17 00 -
19 30
16£534.00 Apply
CT2BKK1EBVPSP 23/FEB/17 -
06/JUL/17
Thu 17 45 -
20 15
16£534.00 Apply

To find out when the next Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting - AAT Level 2

This course is for people new to accounting and those people working in junior accounting roles seeking to gain a qualification. It will support your development within the accounting profession and you will learn about finance administration, double-entry book-keeping, computerised accounts and basic costing principles. Suitable also if you run your own business or want to do the accounts for a friend or partner. You will learn basic accounting principles and practice split over five units. In additional you will gain English and maths skills needed for accounting environments.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
CT2AC21PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
26/APR/17 -
31/JAN/18
Wed 9 30 -
14 30
30£953.00 Apply

To find out when the next Foundation Certificate in Accounting course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Advanced Diploma in Accounting - AAT Level 3

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 Advanced Diploma builds on the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. This level introduces more complex accounting tasks and includes coverage of Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Management Accounting: Costing, Indirect Tax, Ethics for accountants and Spreadsheets for accountants.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
DP3AC41PBVSWEC 25/FEB/17 -
03/FEB/18
Sat 9 00 -
15 00
36£2,087.00 Apply
DP3AC41PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
06/JUN/17 -
24/APR/18
Tue 10 30 -
16 30
36£2,087.00 Apply
DP3AC21PBVSWEC 22/FEB/17 -
31/JAN/18
Wed 10 00 -
16 00
36£2,087.00 Apply
DP3AC71PBVSWEC 06/JUN/17 -
22/MAY/18
Tue 10 00 -
16 00
36£2,087.00 Apply
DP3AC21PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
10/JAN/17 -
12/DEC/17
Tue 10 30 -
16 30
36£2,087.00 Apply

To find out when the next Advanced Diploma in Accounting course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Professional Certificate in Accounting - AAT Level 4

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) builds on the Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3. This course is the final level of the AAT qualifications and covers higher level accounting. This course will include the study of:

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
DP4AC21PBVSWEC 21/FEB/17 -
03/MAY/18
Tue 12 30 -
19 00
36£2,087.00 Apply
DP4AC21PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
19/APR/17 -
02/MAY/18
Wed 10 00 -
16 30
36£2,087.00 Apply

To find out when the next Professional Certificate in Accounting course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Audit and Assurance (F8) - ACCA

The F8 Unit in Audit and Assurance is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, which will develop your knowledge and understanding of the process involved in carrying out the assurance engagement, and its application in the context of the professional regulatory framework.

You will have the opportunity to consider external audits and their regulatory and ethical framework, as well as internal audits and their place in overall performance management. The paper will take you through the entire process of the audit, including the planning stages, the assessment of risk, the review of evidence and conclusions within the report.

All of our ACCA units are delivered at the Professional Centre in Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and entry to this course is through tutor interview, and requires relevant prior qualifications and work experience.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
UN9AUA1PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
14/MAR/17 -
23/MAY/17
Tue 9 30 -
13 30
13£800.00 Apply

To find out when the next Audit and Assurance (F8) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Corporate and Business Law (F4) - ACCA

The F4 Unit in Corporate and Business Law is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, which will develop your knowledge and understanding of the general legal framework. It focuses on specific legal areas relating to business and recognizing the need to seek further specialist legal advice, where necessary.

The topics you will study include the law of obligations, the law relating to employment relationships, types of capital and the financing of companies, corporate governance issues and the legal implications for companies in difficulty or crisis.

All of our ACCA units are delivered at the Professional Centre in Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and entry to this course is through tutor interview, and requires relevant prior qualifications and work experience.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee

To find out when the next Corporate and Business Law (F4) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Financial Management (F9) - ACCA

The F9 Unit in Financial Management is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, which is appropriate for you if you wish to develop your skills in the role of a finance manager.

The main areas of study include investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. You will also develop financial management skills such as effective investment appraisal techniques, applying working capital financial management techniques and evaluating the external business environment to identify the most appropriate sources of finance for the entity's financial requirements.

All of our ACCA units are delivered at the Professional Centre in Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and entry to this course is through tutor interview, and requires relevant prior qualifications and work experience.

Please email business@southdevon.ac.uk or contact 01803 540600 for next available dates.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee

To find out when the next Financial Management (F9) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Financial Reporting (F7) - ACCA

The F7 Unit in Financial Reporting is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, and will consider the application of International Accounting Standards, and the theoretical framework, in the preparation of financial statements of entities. This paper introduces new accounting standards, and seeks to build upon prior knowledge developed in either the F3 Unit or in a relevant AAT qualification.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
UN9FNR1PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
06/JAN/17 -
03/MAR/17
TBC FRI 9£800.00 Apply

To find out when the next Financial Reporting (F7) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Performance Management (F5) - ACCA

The F5 Unit in Performance Management is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, which involves the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision making, performance evaluation and control.

The techniques covered include budgeting, methods of costing, risk measurement, ratio analysis, learning curve theory and pricing decisions. The paper will build upon prior knowledge in relation to management accounting, acquired through either the F2 Unit or a relevant AAT qualification.

All of our ACCA units are delivered at the Professional Centre in Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and entry to this course is through tutor interview, and requires relevant prior qualifications and work experience.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
UN9PFM1PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
23/SEP/16 -
02/DEC/16
Fri 9 00 -
15 00
9£800.00 Apply

To find out when the next Performance Management (F5) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.

Taxation (F6) - ACCA

The F6 Unit in Taxation is an ACCA Fundamental Level paper, and will develop knowledge and skills relating to the tax system as applicable to individuals, single companies and groups of companies.

It will cover elements of tax such as the computation of income tax for individuals, corporation tax for companies (and groups of companies), chargeable gains and the effect of national insurance contributions on employees, employers and the self-employed. The paper will also look at value added tax (VAT) with respect to both incorporate and unincorporated businesses.

All of our ACCA units are delivered at the Professional Centre in Heathfield, Newton Abbot, and entry to this course is through tutor interview, and requires relevant prior qualifications and work experience. Whilst prior knowledge of taxation is desirable, it is not essential for this unit of study.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks Fee
UN9TAX1PBNProfessional Centre,
Heathfield
17/MAR/17 -
26/MAY/17
TBC FRI 9£800.00 Apply

To find out when the next Taxation (F6) course is scheduled, please contact our Team on 01803 540600.


Funding

If you are aged 24 or over, you could be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan on some courses. This works in a similar way to a Higher Education loan for university, and you can borrow a minimum of £300 to a maximum that is equal to the cost of your course. This is not means tested, and does not have to be repaid until you are earning in excess of £21,000, and not before April 2017. Repayments are charged at 9% of any income above £21,000.

If course fees total £100 or more, you could pay for your course in instalments by Direct Debit. This allows you to take control of your payment schedule, with monthly repayments starting at just £25.

If an employer is paying the fee of the course, a formal letter on headed paper is required, detailing that the full costs will be covered. Employers fees are payable in full, and instalments are not available. To find out more about the funding you could receive, contact our team today.


Bespoke packages

To ensure that we can meet the needs of businesses in the South West, we aim to provide bespoke training packages wherever possible. If necessary, we can deliver training on company premises, minimising the impact that your employees' studies will have on your business.

We can also deliver bespoke English and maths courses to develop your staff members' literacy and numeracy, ensuring they are effective communicators who can solve problems efficiently. These are free to eligible adults who don't already have Level 1, Level 2 or Functional Skills qualifications, and can be sector-specific packages to meet your needs. Contact our team today to find out more.


Are you an adult looking for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining important skills and qualifications with work-based training. You'll also receive a wage whilst you study, which makes apprenticeship training a fantastic option for adults preparing for employment.

You can start an apprenticeship even if you are already employed, or the College can help you secure an employer in a relevant field. They develop real work experience, and you gain both technical and academic skills with 4 days per week spent in the workplace and the remaining day in College.


Are you a business looking to employ an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of attracting enthusiastic employees with the skills to have a lasting impact on your company. Businesses that employ apprentices see an increase in loyalty and retention, which means apprenticeship training can form the cornerstone of your recruitment policy.

Apprentices don't have to be new employees either; existing employees can begin apprenticeship training, or the College can support you in taking on a new apprentice. Contact our team today to find out how employing an apprentice could change your business.


Not found the right Accounting and Finance course? Contact us for more information! 01803 540600 / @ProfessionalSDC / business@southdevon.ac.uk