ELCAS and Accountancy Learning

Accountancy Learning is one of only a few training providers across the UK who offer training courses to current members of the Armed Forces or those who have recently left.
Using the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS), military personnel can access financial support for up to three years, providing they are studying for a higher level of learning or a nationally recognised qualification.

Accounting courses offering new career paths

Under the ELCAS scheme, Accountancy Learning offer two accounting related courses which are nationally recognised by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). These are:
  • AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting
We frequently enrol ex-military personnel onto these courses as they offer a great springboard into a variety of careers including:
Working in an accounts or finance department of a business, public sector organisation or charity/not for profit organisation, where you are involved in the day to day processing of accounting and financial information and possibly reporting on such data.
Working for an accountancy practice where you will be responsible for helping the practice’s clients prepare and submit their annual accounts and with additional training and support you could also become a specialist in areas such as tax, vat or auditing.
Setting up your own bookkeeping or accountancy practice to provide accounting services to other businesses.

Accounting course entry requirements

In order to successfully complete the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, one should ideally have achieved the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting or Bookkeeping, or have general relevant practical experience at this level.

Practical training and support throughout your course

Both our Level 3 and Level 4 AAT accounting courses are run using our multi-award winning approach to distance learning training modules. At the start of each course you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide as much or as little support as you need to help you complete your course and pass your exams.
We use an Online Training Platform called Moodle to deliver our accounting training, together with relevant study textbooks.
You can liaise with your tutor as often as you need to, we do not set a limit on the amount of contact time. For most students this is done via phone calls, email or online meetings.
However, for students who are based in the south west, we have the added bonus of being able to provide face to face support from any of our training centres in Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth or Falmouth.
ELCAS students are enrolled onto our Tutor Supported PLUS package which provides students with the following learning and support, plus many other benefits:
  • Narrated interactive video presentations and ‘test your learning’ quizzes
  • Study Support Guide and Individual Learning Plan with target dates for coursework and sitting exams
  • Downloadable transcripts, activities (with answers) for when students are offline
  • Progress Tests, practice assessments and mock exams
  • Regular contact via monthly e-newsletters, including AAT and course updates
  • FREE Xero certification
  • FREE online access for Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Access to FREE Mercia Skills Training courses
  • Unlimited access to tutor support
  • All AAT exam registration fees

A full breakdown of what is included in each of these courses e.g. course units and exams, course support, course materials and job opportunities, please click on one of the buttons below:

Success in your accounting exams

Our aim is to help you pass your exams. We will not enter you for an exam until we think you are competent enough to pass. It is one of the many reasons why our AAT exam pass rates are some of the highest in the country. For example, for the AAT Level 3 Diploma we have a 93% pass rate (the AAT national average is 74%) and for the AAT Level 4 Diploma our pass rate is 83% compared to the national AAT average of only 66%.

Costs and ELCAS Funding

As part of their commitment to life-long learning for members of the armed forces, the MOD advises its personnel to use ELCAS as a source of funding towards future learning.
In doing so, military personnel who successfully access the scheme, can obtain up to 80% funding towards their course costs.
However, these costs do not include the course materials, which have to be paid for by the student. Also, most military students have an ELCAS training spending cap placed on them of £2,000 per year.   
The costs for the Level 3 and Level 4 AAT courses are broken down as follows:
AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting
Total Course Cost

£1,553 £1,671
Funded by ELCAS

in the above course fees are:

- Tutor Support
- Exam Fees
- Exam Invigilation Fees (Capped)
£1,242.40 £1,336.80
Cost to be paid by the student
20% Contribution (of what ELCAS pays) £310.60 £334.20
Hard copy text books £71.50 + £12 p&p £81.90 + £12 p&p
AAT Membership fee (one off cost per level) £228 £244
Total costs to be paid by the student per course: £622.10 £672.10

Find out more or enrol today!

For more information about our AAT Level 3 and Level 4 Accounting courses or the ELCAS funding, call us today on 01392 435349 or email us at [email protected].
Alternatively you can download and complete the appropriate course enrolment forms by clicking on the relevant button below:

The Claim Process

The Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme claim process can be downloaded below: