We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Accounting at Andover College is like. AAT stands for Association of Accountinng Technicians and is a professional qualification for aspiring accountants and finance managers. Scroll down to have an introduction to the course from your lecturer Amanda and then have a go at the accompanying activities! 

We would love to see your results and work! Please return any work to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with 'Accounting' as the email header!

Be sure to take a look at all the extra-curricular activities and trips you will have the chance to do at Andover and investigate all the additional support we can offer at Andover College through our Careers and Wellbeing teams! 

About the course  

What is AAT? 

  • AAT is a body which awards accounting and taxation qualifications
  • It is recognised by businesses in Andover, nationally and around the world

Introduction to Level 2 AAT:

  • 6 hours of classtime a week
  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Introduction to Costing
  • SAGE (Computerised Accounting package)
  • Synoptic assessment
  • Finishes during the Summer Term

All units are assessed by means of an online test at the end of the unit
Some units have results within an hour!

If you get a Merit or Distinction overall in the Foundation Certificate, you may continue to the next level!

Introduction to level 3 AAT: 

  • Level 3 (equivalent to A level)
  • 6 hours a week
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax (VAT)
  • Professional Ethics
  • Excel
  • Synoptic assessment

The level 3 AAT course carries UCAS points that will aid students in getting to their university of choice! 

Introduction: Welcome to the course! 

Take a look at the presentation put together by your course lecturer Amanda and complete the accompanying activity defining commonly used terminology in AAT. 

Make sure you send us your results to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with Accounting as the email heading and check back into this page weekly for the next activity set by Amanda! 

Did you know! 

The average salary for an accountant in the UK, according to a survey by Accountancy Age, is £62,042 a year!

FBI Accountants were the ones to bring down Al Capone! 

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more? Take a look at the YouTube playlist below. 

One of the best ways to further your knowledge is to stay aware and tuned into financial news reports. Take a look at the AAT website to explore further your options beyond college. 

Interested in becoming an Accountant? Learn more through UCAS and your options for further study. 

The Open University also has a variety of free courses available in various subjects - take a look here. 

Before September you should have completed the following;

  • Write short paragraph about what they think and accountant does and why they want to be an accountant (150 words minimum)
  • Participate in the various activities on this page - check back in regularly as we will provide updated and additional resources
  • Be able to give Amanda the contact telephone number from the AAT website
  • Identify the 5 units that are part of the AAT Foundation Certificate
  • Bring a list of the main professional accounting qualifications

Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Our Courses: 

Level 2 AAT (1 Year) 

Level 3 AAT (2 Years)

New Activities

Take a look at these additional resources and reading links and download the PowerPoint below. 

Matalan founder suing PwC for 'ineffective tax avoidance advice' - here. 

Tesco executives to face trial in 2017 after £326m accounting scandal - here. 

Regulators and accountants set for ‘going concern’ hit to markets - here. 

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? – Click below so you can join us in September!