AAT Level 3 Accountancy Courses

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting


Introduction - AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance.

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance.

This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved either the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting or the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business.

It is also suitable for those who are at a more intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.

Recommended Timeframe: Two academic terms / 7-8 month

How and When Can I Study? - AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Blended / Distance Learning:

  • £660 (only £150 deposit required)
  • PDF Manuals (hard copies available additional cost)
  • Tutor Support - via e-mail, phone and webinar
  • Ability to take assessments at any AAT assessment centre
  • Course fee does not include AAT membership or exam fees

Classroom Learning:

  • £1,500 (only £150 deposit required)
  • Daytime classroom attendance (09:30 - 14:30) 1 day a week in term-time for 2 terms
  • Textbook and Workbook for each unit
  • Price does not include AAT membership or exam fees

When Can I Start?:

  • Classroom learning can be started at the start of each academic term (January, April and September)
  • Distance learners can start anytime of the year

Resources Provided:

  • Textbook and workbook for each unit
  • AAT student registration and access to online learning content
  • Tutor support

How much does it cost - AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

CMS are able to offer funding for this training in the form of:

  • 0% Finance over 1-3 years (10% deposit)
  • Interest Free Direct Debit over 3, 6 or 9 months (£150 deposit)
  • Apprenticeships

For more information call CMS on 01924 470 477

Interest Free Payment Plans: AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Monthly Instalments Classroom Distance
3 £450 p/m £170 p/m
6 £225 p/m £85 p/m
9 £150 p/m n/a

What does the qualification cover - AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns.

It comprises six mandatory units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants*
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting*

*assessed via synoptic assessment

Unit overview and content

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education.

Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. They will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

All of the units within this qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments.

This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.


Career Opportunities - AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

After completing the intermediate level of the AAT Accounting Qualification your typical salary could be £24,000.

This salary range is taken from AAT’s 2013 Salary Survey for people working full-time. The value represents the 88th percentile at this level of the qualification.

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

Students will develop skills including mastery of complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, spreadsheet use for accountants, VAT returns and professional ethics.

Students will need to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that are well defined but also complex.

They will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.

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.

More than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees.

This qualification is part of a suite of AAT qualifications available to students that offer both horizontal and vertical progression channels.

Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper, or progress on to Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria.

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting also provides the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.

Taking the example of an accounts assistant, this role typically includes conducting tasks relating to the preparation and maintenance of financial records as well as cash handling and providing administration support to accountants.

The accounts assistant works directly for an accountant, accounting manager or finance manager, or a small team of management. They help to maintain the office and keep it running smoothly, and their typical responsibilities include:

  • balancing accounts
  • processing receipts, sales invoices and payments
  • maintaining financial records that accurately record the incoming and outgoing finances of the business
  • completing VAT return forms
  • working with spreadsheets, sales and purchase ledgers and journals
  • ensuring that accounts are accurately monitored and recorded
  • dealing with a company’s payroll by processing wages and employee expense claims
  • preparing profit and loss accounts sheets
  • preparing balance sheets
  • client engagement, such as sending out starter packs to clients and/or answering enquiries
  • processing the company’s own accounts (in an accountancy firm)

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