Accountancy & Finance

Accountancy & Finance

Encompass can help you take the right steps along your journey to a successful accounting career through globally recognised qualifications.

From accounting basics to advanced management accounting, our courses are designed to support your journey towards your dream career.

We work with your current level of knowledge and experience to prepare you thoroughly for success.


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AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma Course

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting brings in more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records, and the preparation of reports and returns.

The Level 3 Advanced Diploma is ideal if you’ve completed the Level 2 Foundation Certificate, or you’re already at a more advanced level and want to develop your accounting skills further.

What will I study?

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Advanced Synoptic

You will be able to

  • Demonstrate accepted principles of accounting and double entry bookkeeping
  • Account for purchases of non-current assets, depreciation and adjustments and disposal
  • Prepare and extend the trial balance
  • Understand the process involved in preparing final accounts
  • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  • Produce final accounts for sole traders
  • Understand partnership legislative and accounting requirements
  • Prepare a statement of profit or loss appropriation account
  • Prepare a financial position statement relating to a partnership
  • Understand an organisation’s costing system
  • Record and analyse cost information
  • Apportion costs to organisational requirements
  • Analyse budget deviations, and report these to management
  • Use information gathered from costing systems to assist decision making
  • Understand the principles of ethical working
  • Understand ethical responsibility
  • Understand VAT regulations
  • Complete VAT returns accurately and on time
  • Understand VAT penalties and adjusting for previous errors
  • Communicate VAT information
  • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting is the most advanced level on the AAT qualification route. It covers professional accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets, and evaluating financial performance. You’ll also be able to specialise in areas such as tax, auditing, and credit control.

What will I study?

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls

And two of the following:

  • Personal Tax
  • External Auditing
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management

You will be able to

  • Regulatory framework underpinning financial reporting
  • Key features of published financial statements
  • Draft a limited company’s statutory financial statements
  • Draft consolidate financial statements
  • Interpret financial statements using ratio analysis
  • Prepare budgets and income expenditure forecasts
  • Assess budgetary impact of internal and external factors
  • Use budgetary control to improve organisation performance
  • Collate and analyse cost information
  • Measure performance and manage costs
  • Make suggestions for improving financial performance through monitoring and analysing information
  • Prepare performance reports for management
  • Understand the importance and use of internal control systems
  • Evaluate the accounting system and identify areas for improvement
  • Conduct ethical and sustainability evaluations of accounting systems
  • Make recommendations to improve the accounting system

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