Professional Qualification Courses

In any organisation it is important to ensure that you and your workforce have the most up to date skills to carry out your roles successfully. Gaining a professional qualification is a great way for you to learn new skills, ensure best practice and advance your career.

Whether you are looking for new challenges or a way to advance within your organisation, studying for and achieving a professional qualification demonstrates enthusiasm and your ambition to be successful.

In some sectors there is even a legal requirement for you to hold or at least be working towards certain qualifications.

At Loughborough College we have a number of qualifications and associations with professional bodies:

  • Association of Accountant Technicians (AAT)
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • International Association of Book-Keepers (IAB)
  • Level 1
    AAT Access (Level 1)

    AAT Access Level 1 Course is aimed at learners with little or no related experience looking to change career or for those who wish to improve business confidence and knowledge of finance.

    AAT Access is a short qualification that introduces you to fundamental business and financial skills required in accounting. It's a practical way to increase your employability, confidence and career prospects.

  • Level 2
    AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

    In a rapidly changing world one thing has remained constant; to prosper you need business, and where you have business you need accountants. All business, big or small, needs modern financial skills to develop and prosper. Investment in high quality training of accounting and book-keeping staff is an essential component of any business.

    The AAT offers courses that are highly practical and tailored to the needs of the workplace.

    This Level 2 course will enhance your employability by equipping you with transferable accounting skills that are desired in today's workplace, putting you a step ahead of other trainee and junior-level accountants.

    IAB Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (Level 1 and 2)

    This Level 1 and 2 combined course will introduce financial record keeping and account preparation within the scope of double-entry bookkeeping and enable candidates to record financial transactions in both a manual and computerised, double-entry bookkeeping system. The course will also allow candidates to assess their understanding of the importance of maintaining accuracy, security and integrity in preforming any bookkeeping task.

  • Level 3
    AAT Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

    Do you have what it takes to work in the dynamic world of finance? If you are ambitious, good with numbers and want to advance in a career where the sky is the limit then this AAT Diploma is the right programme for you.

    The AAT Level 3 Diploma builds on basic financial knowledge by teaching complex accounting tasks such as preparing final accounts for partnerships and sole traders, and maintaining cost accounting paperwork.

    Flexibility within the programme allows completion alongside your existing role in financial services and will create opportunities for progression within your present position, or through further AAT qualification.

    This course operates rolling start dates throughout the year. Contact our Admissions Team on 01509 618375 or by emailing to find out when the next start date will be.


    Award in Education and Training (Level 3)

    This award helps new teachers, tutors and trainers to develop the skills and understanding required for teaching and training in the Further and Higher Education sector in England. It leads towards further teaching qualifications for either an Associate Teacher Learning and Skills Status (ATLS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS).

    This award has been designed as an introductory qualification for people aiming to teach, tutor or train in the Further Education Lifelong Learning Sector. This includes those wishing to work in adult and community learning, work-based learning, as well as teach in Further Education colleges.

    CIM Introductory Certificate in Marketing (Level 3)

    If you work in marketing, or you're looking to start your career then this Introductory Certificate in Marketing is the ideal way to learn more about what marketing is and how to approach working in a marketing role.

    Developing skills and knowledge through this internationally recognised qualification will help with career progression and you could take on a role as Marketing Assistant (£20,000*) and, with experience, advance to managerial roles (Marketing Manager - £40,000*).

    The aim of the CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Marketing is to equip you with the skills, knowledge, and understanding to perform professionally in a support-level marketing role.

  • Level 4
    AAT Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

    For a challenging career with earning potential beyond £35,000* (Accounts Manager position) the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting will provide the high-level training that you will require.

    The Level 4 AAT training programme is designed for ambitious individuals who currently occupy a finance team leader or management role and are ready to progress within the financial industry and learn new skills.

    AAT qualifications are well-respected by blue-chip corporate companies internationally and once you have achieved the AAT Level 4 Diploma and completed one additional year working in the industry you will be able to use the letters MAAT after your name to demonstrate your qualifications and experience.

    This course operates rolling start dates throughout the year. Contact us to find out when the next start date will be.

    CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing (Level 4)

    Take the next step in your marketing career by pursuing this internationally recognised professional certificate which will enhance your existing knowledge of the skills and techniques required to be successful in this vibrant sector.

    The CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing will encourage career progression and you could take on a role as Marketing Assistant (£20,000*) and, with experience, advance to managerial roles (Marketing Manager - £40,000*).

    Completing this qualification demonstrates commitment to professional development and will recognise the skills and knowledge you possess.

    The aim of the CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing is to provide the practising marketer with relevant, contemporary marketing content to equip them for the current global landscape. Learning is brought to life through meaningful and active assessment methods which embrace the modern marketing industry.

    This is a one year provision but you can start in September, January or April.*

    *subject to suitable numbers recruited 

  • Level 5
    Diploma in Education and Training (Level 5)

    Validated by The University of Warwick.

    The Diploma in Education and Teaching is aimed at full and part-time teachers who hold a full teaching role which involves planning, preparing materials, assessing, supporting students and teaching a variety of subjects and/or levels. Individuals working in the post-16 sector and 14-plus school link programmes are also welcome to apply.

    This course runs over a two year period however, you can also receive credit and recognition for the teaching qualifications that you already have. You may also be able to progress straight onto the second year of this exciting course.

  • Level 6
    CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing (Level 6)

    The Diploma in Professional Marketing gives you the required knowledge, skills and understanding at management level to take a strategic approach to marketing planning. By understanding key marketing metrics and measurement techniques you will be able to interpret relevant insight and make informed strategic decisions.

    This is a one year provision but you can start in September, January or April.

    It is ideal for marketers with operational responsibilities and an eye on management including departmental managers, functional managers, product / brand managers, account managers, agency managers, marketing executives and business development managers.

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