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.

Management Accounting: Decision and Control

This mandatory unit takes students from Advanced level costing principles and prepares them to be valuable members of a management accounting finance team. This unit was formerly known as Financial Performance. This unit teaches students management accounting principles and concepts.

Students will understand the nature and importance of different concepts such as cost behaviour, cost analysis, standard costing and contribution theory. They will know when each technique should be used to aid the planning and decision making of an organisation and the subsequent analysis for control purposes. Students will learn the key performance indicators that should be used to aid the performance monitoring of an organisation and the techniques for assessing changes to an organisation (what-if analysis).The student will build a toolbox of techniques, understand the nature of these techniques and know when each technique should be used.

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse a range of costing techniques to support the management accounting function of an organisation
  2. Calculate and use standard costing to improve performance
  3. Demonstrate a range of statistical techniques to analyse business information
  4. Use appropriate financial and non-financial performance techniques to aid decision making
  5. Evaluate a range of cost management techniques to enhance value and aid decision making
Entry Requirements

To start this programme, you will need to have completed the following qualification: 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

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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