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City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Accounting & Bookkeeping

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
21 September 2021
Additional Start Date
17 January 2022
Additional Start Date
27 April 2022
Study Mode
11-17 Weeks

Aimed at experienced bookkeepers, this qualification covers areas such as double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, intermediate spreadsheets and software use. It is a progression/next step for those who have successfully completed the Level 2 Award in Bookkeeping previously.

The Level 3 Award in Accounting and Bookkeeping develops existing skills and knowledge to an advanced level for anyone wishing to pursue a career in bookkeeping. It offers progression for those who already have bookkeeping knowledge at Foundation level, either to gain employment in a bookkeeping role or for further study.

This qualification is particularly suitable for those who have completed the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Bookkeeping, and may help students already working in a bookkeeping role to progress by offering them formal recognition of their skills. This Award in Accounting and Bookkeeping is open to those who are working, and those who are not currently in employment. It covers a range of topics from basic bookkeeping practices to the recording and interpretation of complex financial transactions

Course Modules/units

The purpose of the City & Guilds Level 3 Accounting and Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced bookkeeping skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role, or to progress to higher level accountancy. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out advanced bookkeeping transactions and tasks.

A student completing this qualification will understand advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, preparation of financial statements for sole traders and partnerships, and issues around indirect tax (VAT in the UK) in business. All of this will be learned in the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.

Candidates will:

  • Prepare final accounts of sole trader, partnerships, companies and not-for-profit organisations from conventional and incomplete records
  • Prepare year end and other adjustments associated with the above variety of organisations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounts through analysis and interpretation.

Entry Requirements

A working knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting, or having achieved the Level 2 Award in Bookkeeping is essential as entry to this Level 3 qualification. For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. You don’t need any previous finance experience to enrol. You should be over aged 19 at the start of your course.

If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, Professional membership of AAT or other professional bodies might not be attained. Please contact AAT (or other professional organisations) directly for more advice if this is relevant to you.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Day)21st Sep 2021 – 14th Dec 2022, Tuesdays, 9am – 2pm, 15 weeks

January (Day) – 17th Jan 2022 – 4th Apr 2022, Monday, 9am – 2pm, 11 weeks

April (Day) – 27th Apr 2022 – 6th Jul 2022, Wednesdays, 9am – 2pm, 17 weeks

Study Method - On Campus

On campus delivery enables you to benefit from regular college classes. An experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you may face in the workplace.


Candidates will be required to complete a City & Guilds set and marked test. This will consist of a number of practical tasks.

Course Fees


Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

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.


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

Course Progression

Students completing this qualification may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Career Progression

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

The skills developed in the level 3 award can lead to employment as:

  • Professional Bookkeeper
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Manager
  • Ledger Manager
  • Accounting Technician
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Clerk
  • Private Practice Accountant
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