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BUSINESS, FINANCE, TRAVEL & TOURISM AAT LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING AAT LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING AAT LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING

COURSE HANDBOOK 2013 – 2014


BOSTON COLLEGE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS (AAT) COURSE HANDBOOK Section 1 WELCOME We at Boston College hope that you quickly settle into College life and that you will take full advantage of all the opportunities available to you. We will do our best to help make your time here productive, enjoyable and successful. This booklet contains what we trust will be useful information on a wide variety of topics. Obviously we cannot include everything in it so please contact your personal tutor or the staff in Learner Services if you need further information or help. Enjoy your studies, we wish you every success. STAFF The AAT courses are managed by a course team made up of the Curriculum Leader, Programme Leader and specialist tutors. Specific roles are taken by:Wendy Poole, Programme Area Manager Ext 3256 Diane Murgatroyd, Co-ordinator & Lecturer Ext 3254 Collette Steadman, Co-ordinator & Lecturer Ext 3254

E-mail: wendy-p@boston.ac.uk E-mail: diane-m@boston.ac.uk E-mail: collette-s@boston.ac.uk

YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR: All full-time and some part-time learners have a Personal Tutor. Your tutor will welcome you to the College, help you to settle in and be there to give you help and information. Your tutor is usually your first point of contact with the College and your main source of help. You will meet your tutor every week, as part of a group session or for a one-to-one discussion and review of your progress. It is important that you attend your tutorials as they will support you and make sure you get the most out of College. You will meet your tutor at Induction. The Induction programme introduces you to staff, other learners, your course and the College. A more detailed description of the tutor’s role can be found in your handbook.

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Section 2 QUALIFICATION AIM The aim of the course is for learners to progress through the stages of AAT – Level 2 Certificate, Level 3 Diploma and Level 4 Diploma - and ultimately to have satisfied the requirement of "proven competence" for membership of the AAT.

PROGRESSION ROUTES 1st or 2nd Year TAXATION of Degree TECHNICIAN (in some universities)

CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT

CERTIFIED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT ACCOUNTANT

AAT (LEVEL 4)

AAT (LEVEL 3)

AAT (LEVEL 2) The initial career route is through the Level 2 stage, then Level 3 and finally the Level 4 stage where the successful learner will, if they possess the necessary work based experience, become a member of the AAT. From there, a learner may, if they desire, commence studying for membership of the main accounting bodies or for a specialist tax qualification. Further information regarding the courses offered by Boston College is available from your tutor. AIMS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The aim of the course is to provide support for those studying towards membership of AAT. The responsibilities of the individual learner are detailed in the learner handbook, but attention is drawn to the following:1.

Learner membership of AAT. The individual learner is responsible for enrolling as a learner member of AAT.

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Exemptions. Any learner who believes that they are exempt from any units must obtain written confirmation direct from AAT.

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Examinations. The individual learner is responsible for ensuring they attend examinations.

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Resits. The individual learner is liable for examination resit fees if not successful on their first attempt.

COURSE FRAMEWORK The content of the course follows the new QCF Framework and is published by AAT. Copies of this publication are available from AAT. The standards for a particular level are reproduced in the ‘Learner Record’ (or new equivalent) issued by AAT to all learners registered with them at that level. TIMETABLE & ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE These will be issued at the start of the academic year, but full time learners will be at College for a maximum of 3 days. ATTENDANCE Full and Part-time learners are expected to attend at the relevant times (to be agreed for Parttime), usually 3 days per week full time. Employers will be notified of any absences where a learner has been granted "day release" and full time absences will be followed up by the course tutor and the College attendance monitor. ATTENDANCE MONITORING: We want you to be successful on your course and to achieve your qualifications. It is therefore important that you attend all classes as good attendance is the key to being successful. The Attendance Monitor will work with you and your Tutors to promote good attendance. What will they do?  offer support if you are having problems which affect your attendance  refer you to Learner Services who can help with a range of personal problems and barriers to learning and attendance  refer you to your Tutor who will discuss your attendance and take action where appropriate What can you do?  Avoid unnecessary absences, for example, by making appointments outside College hours  Inform the Attendance Monitor if you are going to be absent for any reason  Telephone (01205) 365701, option 2, or e-mail absent@boston.ac.uk, or text “BCABSENT” to 88020. Texts are charged at standard network rate. This information is also on the back of your ID badge  Please remember to give your name, ID number and reason for absence The Attendance Monitor is: Gail Bevan

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PLAGIARISM The use of other people’s work and the submission of it as though it was your own is known as plagiarism (plagiarism means theft of other people’s ideas). Any work forming part of an assignment, project, test or other assessment must be your own and must not contain any plagiarised material. Evidence of plagiarism will result in failure of the assessment. Any new assessment arrangement will be given with a strict completion date. You will also be subject to the College’s disciplinary proceedings. If you wish to quote material from a textbook or other source then this should be referenced in your assignment. Your subject lecturer or Personal Tutor will show you how to do this. PROGRESS REPORTING Parents Evenings Parents are invited to visit the College regularly to find out more about your course, how you are progressing, options after your course has finished routes and any other details. There will be an opportunity to speak to key staff as well as your Personal Tutor. Progress Parents are encouraged to visit the College with or without their son/daughter to discuss progress with your Personal Tutor and teaching staff. Reports All College learners are assessed by the course team during the first 5 weeks of term to confirm continuation onto the full programme. If there is any doubt as to suitability to continue, learners and parents will be consulted at the earliest possible opportunity.

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COLLEGE CALENDAR 2013/2014 2013 September 2nd September 3rd September 26th October 3rd October 8th October 10th October 16th October 21st – 25th October 29th October 30th & 31st November 5th November 7th November 14th November 15th December 19th

Autumn term starts. Learner Services Induction week Spalding Enrolment Higher Education Fair at BCUC HE Parents’ Briefing ‘Going to University’ BCUC Spalding College in Action Boston College in Action Volunteer Fair at BCUC Half term HE Open Event Parents’ evenings School Taster day Boston College in Action Spalding College in Action Closing date for UCAS applications (internal) End of Autumn term

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2014 January 6th January 23rd February 6th February 11th February 17th - 21st March 3rd - 7th March 4th & 5th April 4th April 22nd May 5th May 26th June 10th June 12th June 26th

Spring term starts HE Open Event Boston College in Action Spalding College in Action Half term for learners Careers week Parents’ evenings End of Spring term Summer term starts Bank Holiday Bank Holiday Spalding Open Event (Information) Boston Open Evening (Information) Summer term ends

Note Any learner taking holidays outside of holiday periods will be considered absent from the course. Learners receiving support from the College Bursary Fund need to be aware that they will not be paid for holiday periods taken outside the academic breaks.

ASSESSMENT Level 2 – There are 5 mandatory units totalling 24 credits and learners must achieve all 24 credits to pass. Level 3 – There are 7 mandatory units totalling 41 credits and learners must achieve all 41 credits to pass. Level 4 – Learners must achieve a minimum of 41 credits to pass from 6 units. 31 credits from the mandatory units and the remainder from 2 groups B, C, D or E.

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Section 4 REQUIRED PURCHASES All learners on full or part time AAT courses are required to purchase the course book relevant to their level of study. They are also required to enrol as a member of the AAT (your course tutor will help you with this). New learners will also pay a one-off administration charge determined by the AAT. Part-time learners will also have to pay tuition and examination fees (unless special circumstances apply) which will have been discussed at enrolment. All learners are liable for exam re-sit fees if they are not successful at their first attempt for all of their exams. Financial Assistance If you have financial difficulties you can apply for help from the College Bursary Fund, 19+ Learner Support Fund or 24+ Advanced Learning Loans Bursary Fund. This may help to meet the costs of: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Travel Books and equipment (16-18, 19+ only) Food (16-18, 19+ only) Specialist clothing required for your course (16-18, 19+ only) Childcare costs whilst at College (19+ and 24+ only) Exams/tuition costs (19+ only)

Some learners aged 16-18 are guaranteed help from the Bursary Fund – this includes:  learners living in care  recent care leavers  learners receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right  learners receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment in their own right. For further details please check with Learner Services staff. Childcare If you are under 20, you may qualify for Care to Learn payments for childcare costs. Please go to Learner Services for more information, or contact Care to Learn on 0845 600 7979 or visit the website at www.gov.uk/caretolearn

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Section 5

SUPPORT SERVICES The College Mission Statement The College Mission Statement describes the type of College we provide for all our learners and staff. ‘to be a brilliant college that transforms people’s lives and makes an outstanding contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Lincolnshire’. All learners at the College attend voluntarily so there is not a set of ‘College Rules’. We do however have a range of policies which describe the standards we expect and what we offer in return. To access all the learner related policies and procedures please look on Moodle, or ask your Personal Tutor for details.

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POLICIES At the College we have a range of policies detailing what the College will offer you and how we ensure high standards are maintained. To access the policies click on the links below. If this is not possible please ask your Tutor to provide you with a copy. Admissions Assessment and Examinations Assessment Malpractice Bullying and Harassment Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Car Parking for Residential Learners Compliments & Complaints Procedure Computer Services Unit: Code of Conduct and Practice and Equality Impact Assessment Coursework / Self Study Drugs and Alcohol Financial Support for Learners Functional Skills Hall of Residence Disciplinary / Sanctions Higher Education Admissions Induction Code of Practice Information, Guidance and Support International Student 8


Late Enrolment Learner Attendance Learner Disciplinary Policy and Procedure for Further Education Learners Mobile Electronic Equipment Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Safeguarding Learners Skills for Life and Learning Support Tutorial – Full Time Learners – Appendix 1 Weapons and Search Work Experience Equality and Diversity – see our page on Moodle Examination Policy Students Copy Important Exams Information for Candidates Access arrangements – General Access arrangements – International Students Examination Clashes Conduct of Exams Internal Appeals Procedure – Students Copy Appeals Procedure – Externally Marked Exams

CODES OF PRACTICE Learners are expected to comply with the relevant codes of practice, as detailed in the learner handbook. SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT Boston College places a high priority on the safety and wellbeing of our learners. We are committed to creating and maintaining a friendly, welcoming and safe working environment for all young people and vulnerable adults, whether learning is taking place on or off College premises. We have a duty to safeguard all learners, and we will respond immediately if there is a concern that a learner might be the victim of bullying, harassment, abuse or neglect. All staff are trained in safeguarding and there is a designated specialist Safeguarding Team to help with any concerns you might have about your own or someone else’s safety. If you need to contact the Safeguarding Team please go to:   

Main reception Learner Services The ‘Stay Safe’ button on Moodle E-mail staysafe@boston.ac.uk

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If you need to contact someone out of College hours about safeguarding contact: 

Children’s Social Care on 01522 782333 In an emergency situation dial 999 and call the police

An important part of safeguarding is making sure only authorised people are on our College premises. Please help us with this by carrying your ID badge at all times and showing it if asked by a member of College staff. At Boston College we respect everyone within the College community. We also emphasise respect for personal property and for the facilities of the College. We therefore, expect learners to work with us to create an environment where everyone feels safe and valued and can work to achieve their full potential.

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Boston College Skirbeck Road Boston Lincs PE21 6JF Telephone: 01205 365701

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Business aat level 2, 3 & 4 2013 2014