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If you are serious about business then look no further. Whether your ambitions involve running your own business, working your way to the top of an organisation or you intend to work in a specific area such as finance or human resources, City College Plymouth has a variety of courses that will give you a step up.

Why business and professional services

Within the business world, you can expect high salaries and promotion opportunities aplenty providing you have the relevant knowledge and great communication skills. 

Our courses are designed to prepare you to enter employment or further education depending on your career goals, or you might look to combine studying with earning and seek out a university-level Apprenticeship.

The College also has courses for those who are already working within the business sector, but are in need of various qualifications or skills in order to progress. At City College, we mean business about business. 

Choose your course

Bookkeeping (AAT)

  • Course code: AABK3
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Course type: Part-time


  • Course code: FCBL2
  • Level: E
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: Full-time

Bookkeeping (AAT)

  • Course code: AABK2
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Course type: Part-time
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Future Careers

What you could earn:

Chartered and Certified Accountants


Potential salary


Entry level salary


Average salary


Annual openings in Plymouth

CMI Course Offer

Explore our Chartered Management Institute course selection.


Success Story: Emily Todd

Course: CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership (Level 5)

Lecturer: Jeremy Chambers

Role: Business Operations Graduate, Babcock International

“I enrolled on the Level 5 Management and Leadership course at the beginning of the year to further enhance my skills and become a more credible leader in the workplace, backed by academic qualification. In a small class of likeminded managers, we have covered topics from managing projects and delivering operational plans, to managing finance and stakeholder relationships – all of which have given me the skills and knowledge to better enable me in my day-to-day role and support my future career journey as a leader.

Jeremy has been instrumental in the positive delivery of the course – he’s enthusiastic, engaging yet professional, and brings management theories to life with his extensive career background. It is daunting to go back to the classroom, but I have felt fully supported in my academic journey and empowered to really take ownership of my professional development. I am excited to gain my Chartered Manager status at the end of this course, and progress onto Level 7.”

Emily Todd

“I really enjoyed everything about my time at the College. From an academic point of view, the staff were superb.”

John Helliwell

“I don’t think I would be where I am today had I chosen another route,”

Toby Harris-Layne

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Welcome to City College


We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College.