Advanced Stage—Digital Assistant Accountant

The Advanced Stage - Digital Assistant Accountant programme offers students, professionals, and businesses a foundational understanding of accounting, ensuring a seamless learning experience. Structured modules in Financial Accounting, VAT, Payroll, and Costing offer a gradual progression that aligns seamlessly with existing knowledge.

Beyond theory, the programme integrates practical applications and hands-on exercises to reinforce learning, empowering graduates with an expanded skill set and the confidence to apply their knowledge effectively in mid-level accounting roles.

From an HMRC and Making Tax Digital (MTD) perspective, the programme covers essential compliance aspects, ensuring participants are well-versed in regulations set by His Majesty's Revenue and Customs. This additional layer adds a crucial dimension to the curriculum, preparing graduates to navigate the evolving landscape of digital accounting and stay compliant with the latest taxation requirements.

Entry Requirements

This advanced stage programme’s entry requires Level 2 Bookkeeping or Accounting or an equivalent qualification from any reputable awarding body.

Qualification Units

This qualification, tailored for successful careers as certified Digital Assistant Accountants, encompasses four advanced units:

  • Financial Accounting Theoretical and Practical
  • Advanced Costing Theoretical and Practical
  • Advanced Payroll Theoretical and Practical
  • Indirect Taxes Theoretical and Practical

Details of the Qualification Units

Below are the details of the ACDAP Digital Assistant Accountant course, which includes Financial Accounting Theoretical and Practical, Advanced Costing Theoretical and Practical, Advanced Payroll Theoretical and Practical, and Indirect Taxes Theoretical and Practical:

  • Financial Accounting Theoretical and Practical: Delving into the principles and practices of financial accounting, participants gain a robust understanding of financial statements, accounting principles, and the preparation of financial reports. Practical exercises involve hands-on experience recording transactions, preparing financial statements, and interpreting financial data.
  • Advanced Costing Theoretical and Practical: Building on basic costing concepts, this unit explores advanced costing methodologies and their practical applications. Participants gain command over cost analysis, budgeting, and strategic financial planning. Functional exercises involve costing techniques in various business scenarios, fostering the skills to make informed financial decisions.
  • Advanced Payroll Theoretical and Practical: Focusing on advanced aspects of payroll management, this unit covers complex calculations, legal requirements, and an in-depth understanding of payroll processes. Practical exercises involve hands-on experience processing complex payroll scenarios, ensuring participants are well-prepared for real-world challenges.
  • Indirect Taxes Theoretical and Practical: This unit ensures participants can effectively manage indirect taxes within a business context by addressing theoretical and practical aspects of indirect taxes, including value-added tax (VAT) and other relevant taxes. Functional exercises involve navigating real-world tax scenarios.

Advanced Accounting Software Tools and Case Studies:

This programme includes exposure to advanced industry-leading software, cloud-based tools, and real-world case studies. Participants gain hands-on experience with sophisticated platforms such as Sage 50, Sage One, Sage Payroll, Xero, QuickBooks, SAP, Advanced Excel, and more.

This advanced exposure ensures that graduates are proficient in navigating complex financial software, enhancing their ability to handle intricate accounting scenarios and contributing to strategic decision-making in senior accounting roles.


Completing this ACDAP advanced course requires 6-8 months, depending on your selected study method.


You can gain this qualification through Online, Classroom, or Blended modes, offering flexibility to accommodate diverse learning preferences.

Jobs after the course

Upon completing the ACDAP this advanced programme, you can perform diverse jobs, including:

  • Senior Payroll Administrator
  • Senior Assistant Accountant
  • Taxation Specialist

The advanced skills acquired through this course empower students and professionals for senior-level accounting and finance roles. Additionally, it enriches proficiency in business management. It fulfils advanced digital accounting requirements, ensuring that individuals and businesses are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities in today's dynamic financial landscape.

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