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AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3

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 within the accounting profession which will combine with all units studied and be assessed via a synoptic exam.

Students who have studied for the two year programme have the opportunity to gain 56 UCAS points for the Level 3 AAT Diploma (Distinction grade) plus an additional 56 UCAS points if they achieve a Distinction* in the BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Business & Professional
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Matthew Boulton College,
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You must hold AAT Level 2, have a good record of attendance, excellent reference and have achieved a minimum of merit grade in your BTEC Certificate in Business and Personal Finance.

Delivery and Assessment

The AAT is assessed by computer based exams and computer based projects. Upon completion of the Computer based exams you will receive immediate notification of your result and an analysis of your performance on each task.


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 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