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AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
33- 37 Weeks
Entry Requirements
You must have a sound knowledge of bookkeeping principles to undertake the AAT Level 3 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential if you have previous experience and working at this level. You must hold a Level 2 English and maths and Level 2 Accounting qualification or industry equivalent. Experience will also be considered in lieu of the Level 2 Accounting qualification.

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Diploma in Accounting Level 3 course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting.

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. You will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. You will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Entry requirements

You must have a sound knowledge of bookkeeping principles to undertake the AAT Level 3 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential if you have previous experience and working at this level. You must have 5 GCSEs with Maths and English at grade 4/C/ Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths.

You should be over the age of 19. If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT might not accept you as a member making you unable to sit your exams. Please contact AAT directly for more advice if this is relevant to you.

Course units

The Level 3 course covers a range of key areas, including:

Business Awareness
Financial Accounting: preparing financial statements
Management Accounting Techniques
Tax Processes for businesses

    You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.


    This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

    Course fees


    The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team.

    Course progression

    This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to higher education.

    Dates & course durations

    September (Day)19th September 2022 - 19th March 2023

    37 weeks

    Study methods

    We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.

    Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 5-6 hours studying independently online each week.

    On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

    Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.


    Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

    Additional costs

    All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

    Career progression

    The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper. You will also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, giving you the option to work as a freelance bookkeeper.

    Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as:

    • Accounts Assistant
    • Accounts Payable/ Expenses Supervisor
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Assistant Accountant
    • Audit Trainee
    • Credit Controller
    • Finance Assistant
    • Finance Officer
    • Payroll Supervisor
    • Professional Bookkeeper
    • Senior Bookkeeper
    • Tax Assistant
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