Business and Management

Accounting (Honours Programme) Levels 2 and 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The study programme starts in September and will run for two years.

Entry requirements

  • Seven GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including GCSE English and maths at grade 6/B or above
  • You will be required to attend an interview prior to being enrolled onto the programme and a personal reference will be required

You will achieve

  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)
  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)
  • Core maths qualification
  • Extended Project Qualification

Course overview

The honours programme is aimed at ambitious and talented students that want to pursue a vocational career. It will give young people the opportunity to be stretched through high quality, rigorous qualifications and to demonstrate their personal best. The programme will provide you with an opportunity to study on a bespoke pathway that will help develop technical and professional accountancy skills,  move forward in your finance career as well as achieve supplementary qualifications that attract UCAS points.

Course content

You will undertake a range of accountancy units at Levels 2 and 3 including:

  • Bookeeping, Transactions and Controls
  • Using Spreadsheets in Accounting
  • Computerised Accounts (Sage)
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Advanced Bookkeeping and Final Accounts Preparation and Indirect Tax

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work successfully in the finance, business and commercial sector and/or to progress onto higher education. It is made up of three elements, the Professional Accounting Qualifications, Core maths and the Extended Project Qualification.

Year 1:
AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Year 2:

  • AAT Advanced Diploma (Level 3)
  • Extended Project Qualification Level 3
  • Core maths

You can view each level course specification by clicking on the link below;

AAT  course specifications


Assessment is through a combination of internal and external methods including computer based examinations throughout the course as well as project work and presentations. There will be a synoptic assessment at the end of AAT Level 2 and Level 3, which assesses the knowledge and understanding of the whole qualification.

You will need to provide your own writing material, paper and folder. You will also need a storage device (USB) to save computerised work.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

You could progress onto the Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) or a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

You can move into employment within a company, self-employment or further study. Universities and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemptions to those who are AAT qualified.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Accounting (Honours Programme) Levels 2 and 3 Full-time

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