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Key features and benefits

  • AAT Accounting Qualifications are a professional, highly respected sign of commitment and excellence in the industry
  • A strong track record of delivering AAT qualifications
  • Experienced tutors and high levels of support
  • Flexible and short with our Fast Track option

The AAT is the world's leading professional membership body for accounting technicians, with over 100,000 members worldwide. The AAT is the UK's largest awarding body of skills-based qualifications in accounting.

  • Overview

    Students typically would join the L3 Accounting Course from the L2 Certificate in Accounting or as a direct entrant. Direct entrants normally have completed the A-Level qualification in Accounting or can demonstrate relevant work experience. It is essential that students have a sound grasp of double entry bookkeeping on commencement of the course.

    This is a practical course studying core accounting documentation, including the initial trial balance, through to the presentation of a set of final accounts for sole-traders and partnerships. From the cost accounting view of businesses, you will study how costs and revenues are analysed and used for management decisions. The behaviour of costs will be studied for both short-term and long-term planning decisions. You will learn to prepare VAT accounts and returns for the Government and also management reports to include ratios and other performance indicators. This Level 3 course also explores the increasing use of spreadsheets in accounting and professional and business ethics.

    The AAT Accounting Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career. Recognised by leading employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you're starting out, already working in finance, or looking to gain the skills to change career. Through the three qualifications, you'll learn practical skills to prime you for the workplace, from basic finance administration skills, preparing final accounts, through to complex management accounting tasks. Upon completion you can go on to professional membership and use the designatory letters MAAT after your name. Benefits of this qualification

    • A globally recognised qualification, valued by leading employers
    • Progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers
    • Boost your earning potential by progressing through each level, and becoming a MAAT
    • Fast track to chartered studies with exemptions from other professional accounting bodies
  • What will I study?

    The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting comprises of these learning areas:

    • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
    • Management Accounting Techniques
    • Tax Processes for Businesses.
    • Business Awareness
  • Entry Requirements

    AAT Foundation Stage qualification (AAT L2 Certificate in Accounting) or A-level Accounting are the most appropriate qualifications to commence this course. Students with a sound practical experience of accounting are also encouraged to apply.

    The AAT website includes a skills check to guide students and is found at: Prospective students should review this diagnostic test when applying to join the course. (You will need to register your name and details before completing the check. The skills check comprises 30 questions to help you to decide whether you should study at Level 2 or Level 3.)

    If you have been declared bankrupt or have had an IVA at any time this may affect your eligibility for AAT membership, please contact the AAT for further clarification.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The Level 3 in accounting is assessed primarily by Computer Based Assessments and the results are available straight after the test.

    For certain modules the AAT allows workplace evidence when appropriate. These modules are marked manually and you'll normally have the results within six weeks.

  • What can I do next?

    AAT qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

    The Advanced Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as:

    • Accounts Assistant
    • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
    • Accounts Payable Clerk
    • Assistant Accountant
    • Audit Trainee
    • Bookkeeper
    • Credit Controller
    • Finance Assistant
    • Payroll Administrator
    • Payroll Supervisor
    • Practice Bookkeeper
    • Tax Assistant
  • For more information

    For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email

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