Professional Courses
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

Credit Management

This optional unit is about understanding and applying the principles of effective credit control in an organisation. Students will require an understanding of the principles of credit control in the context of relevant legislation, contract law, best practice, professional ethics and organisational policies. Students will also be able to describe remedies for breach of contract, as well as the terms and conditions of contracts with customers.

Students will gain knowledge of sources of information and techniques used to assess credit risks in compliance with organisational policies, data protection legislation and professional ethics. Knowledge and application of performance measures relating to liquidity, profitability and gearing will be fundamental to this unit. Legal procedures and methods for collecting debts, as well as financial techniques used in granting and monitoring credit and debtors, will need to be understood and demonstrated. An understanding of different types of discounts will also be required.

Students will apply their skills to monitoring and evaluating credit control in compliance with organisational policies and, in particular, will learn the importance of liquidity management. Knowledge of bankruptcies and insolvencies will be required, as well as of the mechanisms of invoice discounting, factoring and credit insurance.

Entry Requirements

To start this programme, you will need to have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

This course may also be appropriate for those are already working in finance who would like to continue to build their accounting skills and would like a formal recognition of their skills.

Assessment Method

Students must successfully complete three mandatory unit assessments, Budgeting, Decision and Control and Financial Statements of Limited Companies, and one end of unit assessment where all four mandatory units will be assessed. In addition, students complete unit assessments for two optional units.

Learners are entitled to 1 free re-sit for the whole level and will have to pay for all re-sits after that. Re-sits are £50 for each re-sit (this is to cover the AAT exam fee and our administration costs).

Study Methods

Course structure We run a unitised evening only course at Hammersmith and Fulham College where learners complete one unit at a time over two nights per week.

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and study on a part time basis being taught by a highly experienced lecturers.

The Professional Diploma modules start in September, January/February each year.


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