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AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3 Part-Time

The AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for accounting and finance staff. It is internationally recognised and the AAT’s current membership is over 120,000 worldwide. The Level 3 is the second level of the AAT Accounting qualification. It introduces you to more complex Financial Accounting tasks such as incomplete records, accounting for different types of organisation, the preparation final accounts and accounting for indirect taxation. It also introduces the basic building blocks of Management Accounting, Marginal Costing and Absorption Costing.
In addition to these accounting units you will also study spread sheets and ethics, essential knowledge and skills for an effective accounting technician. The tuition fee stated is inclusive of all first sit exam fees.

The units of study are:
i. Business Awareness
ii. Financial Accounting: preparing financial statements
iii. Management Accounting Techniques
iv. Tax processes for business

Study Method – Online and On Campus
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model. You can view a short video here –
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. Learners should expect to spend around 4-5 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.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Business & Professional
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
Course Length
34 weeks

Entry Requirements

You must hold AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of double entry bookkeeping. Direct entry into Level 3 may be possible providing you have substantial practical accounting experience and are able to demonstrate this at interview.

Delivery and Assessment

The AAT is assessed by computer based exams and computer based projects for each of the accounting units. Additionally you will complete a synoptic assessment along with Spreadsheets and Accounting Ethics.


Students who have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced) will be eligible to apply for AAT Associate Bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status (using AATQB designatory letters after their name). The AAT level 3 qualification will allow you to progress to the AAT level 4 or an apprenticeship and then subsequently apply for full Technician status once you have provided a portfolio of practical experience from the work place, or should you chose to go onto higher education can often allow direct entry to many Accounting degrees.

Career Opportunities

  • Bankers
  • Business Analysts
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Stock Brokers
  • Retailers
  • Accountants