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Diploma in Business with Finance (AAT Certificate) – Young Professionals Academy

Diploma in Business with Finance


Central Sixth


Course summary

Just studying A Levels is not the only way into university and the career of your choice. The Young Professionals Academy offers you the option of studying an A Level alongside a more practical and career-focused Level 3 Diploma (the same level of qualification as A Levels). The Diploma in Business with Finance is for students who are keen on a career in accounting. This option enables you to study the Diploma in Business, plus a suitable A Level, plus the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. The AAT Certificate is suitable for learners who wish to gain a thorough grounding in accountancy knowledge and skills, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting. It offers an excellent base for students to move directly into junior accountancy roles in business. If you go on to study business and finance at university, this qualification would also be a platform for you to gain further AAT qualifications and become a qualified Accounting Technician and AAT member.

Course requirements

You would need to gain five GCSEs including grades C or above (grades 5 or above) in English and Maths.

Choose a Level 3 Diploma in Business and choose an A Level to study alongside it from:
• Law
• Sociology
• Psychology
• Politics.

The Diploma includes many practical activities and projects and the following subjects:

Mandatory Units:
• The Business Environment
• Business Resources
• Introduction to Marketing
• Business Communication.

Optional Units:
• Business Accounting
• Creative Product Promotion
• Recruitment and Selection
• Development Planning for a Career in Business
• Developing Teams in Business
• Aspects of Contract and Business Law
• Understanding Health and Safety in the Business Workplace
• Starting a Small Business.

On completion of the AAT Certificate, students will be able to:
• use cost recording systems reflecting the income and expenditure of an organisation,
comparing actual versus expected figures
• communicate their findings using spreadsheets
• securely use a computerised accounting system, passwords and backup routines.
• understand ethical issues and sustainability
• understand the double entry bookkeeping system and associated processes
• understand the banking system
• process financial documents
• maintain the journal and control accounts, reconcile balances and make corrections.

Your diploma work will be assessed by a range of methods including assignments. Your A Level will be assessed by examination.

Students should be aiming to progress on to one of the many different types of business-related degrees that are offered across the university sector.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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