Fareham College offers a the following range of part time courses at varying levels to assist you in developing and expanding your skills and knowledge in Accounting. The College may run multiple dates per course. Dates are added regularly, so please visit again or call if you are interested.

Available Courses

Level 1 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Award in Bookkeeping

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Requirements: This course is for beginners. There is no need for any prior accounting knowledge or experience, this entry-level course will give you a solid background in single entry bookkeeping.
  • Details: If you wish to improve your work prospects or are a business owner and want to gain the knowledge to do your own books, this Introductory Award in Bookkeeping will equip you with the skills you need.
  • Content: Units covered include:
    ■ Introduction to bookkeeping
    ■ Working within bookkeeping
    ■ Bookkeeping and accounts
    ■ Spreadsheet software
  • Assessment: All assessments are practical computer based assessments (CBAs) that are designed to reflect real-life tasks.
  • Progression: Successful completion of this course provides opportunity to progress on to the intermediate certificate in Bookkeeping, Introductory Award in Computerised Accounting or Introductory Certificate in Accounting. The roles you are qualified to perform after completing this qualification include cashier and clerical assistant.
  • Additional qualifications:
    From January 2018 there will be two additional Level 1 courses available:
    ■ Level 1 AAT Award in Accountancy Software
    ■ Level 1 AAT Award in Business Skills
  • Fees: £225
  • Exam fee: £209
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Certificate in Bookkeeping

Start date: 04.12.2017 | Day of week: Mon | Time: 17.00-20.00

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Details: The qualification will equip you with the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It focuses on developing your bookkeeping and basic accounting skills including manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes up to trial balance standard.
    The qualification is suited for those who:
    ■ Already work in finance
    ■ Want to work in bookkeeping in a larger company’s finance department or as an independent professional
    ■ Are self-employed and need to do their own bookkeeping
  • Content: During this course you will study a range of topics, including:
    ■ Basic accounting
    ■ Working effectively in accounting
    ■ Basic costing and computerised accounts
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course by both computer-based exams and assignments.
  • Progression: Successful completion of this course provides the opportunity to progress on to employment in roles such as clerical assistant, accounts clerk, finance assistant and accounts administrator.
  • Fees: £362
  • Exam fee: £227
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: You do not need any qualifications to begin this course, but you must have a good standard of literacy and numeracy together with an interest in accounting.
  • Details: If you are new to accounting then this Association for Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 qualification will provide you with an excellent introduction to the subject. During this course, you will learn the basic accounting principles, gain experience in using accounting software and insight into accounting business environments. Please note that course fees do not include the membership fee to the Association of Accounting Technicians. This is a requirement of the course and an additional cost that should be allowed for.
  • Content: During this course you will study a range of topics, including:
    ■ Basic accounting
    ■ Working effectively in accounting
    ■ Basic costing and computerised accounts
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course by both computer-based exams and assignments.
  • Progression: Accounting technicians are skilled staff, employed in jobs ranging from clerks to accounts department managers. On successful completion of this course you could also progress on to our Accounting Level 3 Diploma.
  • Considerations: Course acceptance is on the basis of a successful interview and short assessment.
  • Fees: £632
  • Exam Fee: £227
  • Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 3 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: For this course you will either need to have successfully completed the Level 2 Accountancy qualification or be able to demonstrate significant experience of accounting in a professional capacity.
  • Details: This course covers a wide range of aspects of accountancy, including core accounting documentation, trial balances and presenting accounts. The programme will include SAGE computerised accounting, how to present spreadsheets and the
    principles of business ethics. Please note that course fees do not include the membership fee to the Association of Accounting Technicians. This is a requirement of the course and an additional cost that should be allowed for.
  • Content: Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is made up of a number of key areas such as:
    ■ Accounts preparation
    ■ Preparing final accounts
    ■ Costs and revenues
    ■ Using spreadsheets and professional ethics
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course by both computer-based exams and assignments.
  • Progression: This qualification gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an accountant within any number of sectors. The programme could also enable you to progress on to our Accounting Level 4 Diploma.
  • Considerations: These professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. In addition to the course fees, you will also be required to purchase set books and join the AAT.
  • Fees: £2,573 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Professional Diploma in Accounting

Applications for this course are now closed. Start dates for next September will be available from summer 2018.

  • Duration: One year
  • Requirements: For this course you will either need to have successfully completed the Level 3 Accountancy qualification or be able to demonstrate significant experience of accounting in a professional capacity.
  • Details: This course covers a wide range of aspects of accountancy, including core accounting documentation, trial balances and presenting accounts. Please note that course fees do not include the membership fee to the Association of Accounting Technicians. This is a requirement of the course and an additional cost that should be allowed for.
  • Content: Level 4 Diploma in Accounting is made up of a number of key areas such as:
    ■ Management accounting
    ■ Personal tax
    ■ Business tax
    ■ Budgeting
    ■ Internal control
    ■ Systems analysis
  • Assessment: You will be assessed throughout the course by both computer-based exams and assignments.
  • Progression: This qualification gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an accountant within any number of sectors.
  • Considerations: These professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. In addition to the course fees, you will also be required to purchase set books and join the AAT.
  • Fees: £2,573 Please note that the fee indicated can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Funding Information

Applying for a course that has a concession?

Then the course could be free! Some courses are eligible for funding if you are an unemployed individual, on a state benefit* and you want to enter employment and need the skills from one of our funded courses to achieve this.

* (Income Support (universal credit), Job Seekers, Housing Benefit, Council tax Benefit, Pension Credit, ESA contribution Based, ESA work related activity group. Includes SFA funded courses only. You must be aged 19-23 on 31 August 2014. You must produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you enrol. Concessions do not apply to higher education courses.

Full details regarding funding and eligibility will be provided upon application.

How do I find out what the fee for my course is?

The fee for your chosen course is listed in the individual course sections accessed on this page. It includes the cost of tuition plus the cost of any exam and registration fee charged by the exam board (if applicable).

Are there any other costs I may have to pay?

Some courses may require you to pay extra costs for things such as course books, trips, and specialist equipment or clothing. If your course has any additional costs, you will be notified before enrolment. You can also contact the College on call 01329 815 200 to find out more.

I’m an international student – are my course fees different?

If you have not been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for more than three years before the start of your course (excluding any time spent in full-time education), different course fees may apply to you – please call 01329 815 200 to find out more. Fareham College cannot sponsor Tier 4 student visas.

My employer is funding my course – what do I need to do?

You will need to complete an Employer Authorisation form, and return to the Enrolments team, and your employer will be invoiced accordingly.

How do I pay for my course?

You can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card. And for courses over £500 we offer a payment by instalment service to help spread the cost of your course. A £250 minimum deposit is required if you choose to pay by instalments. Please contact the College for more information.

For further assistance or to speak to an adviser please call

01329 815 200

Please note, Part Time course fees are annualised and, unless otherwise stated, apply to each year of your course.