Level 3

Who is it for?

In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

This qualification will usually take around 8 months to a year to complete, but with 6 hours per week of study, it may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as 6 months

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

This qualification leads to the Professional Diploma

You can confirm that this is the correct level for you by using the AAT Skillcheck

What do I get?

You receive pre-recorded tuition and revision recordings, tutor support until midnight 7 days a week (available until you qualify), study texts, student notes and exam kits

There are 6 individual units as follows

Advanced Bookkeeping 

  • Apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
  • Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  • Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  • Record period end adjustments
  • Produce and extend the trial balance

Final Accounts Preparation

  • Distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation
  • Explain the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation
  • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  • Produce accounts for sole traders
  • Produce accounts for partnerships
  • Recognise the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader

Management Accounting: Costing

  • Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation
  • Apply techniques required for dealing with costs
  • Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
  • Analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management
  • Apply management accounting techniques to support decision making

Indirect Tax

  • Understand and apply VAT legislation requirements
  • Accurately complete VAT returns and submit them in a timely manner
  • Understand the implications for the business of errors, omissions and late filing and payment
  • Report VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisational requirement

Ethics for Accountants

  • Understand the need to act ethically
  • Understand the relevance to the accountant’s work of the ethical code for professional accountants
  • Recognise how to act ethically in an accounting role
  • Identify action to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts

Spreadsheets for Accounting

  • Design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs
  • Use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data
  • Use relevant tools to manipulate and analyse data
  • Use software tools to verify accuracy and protect data
  • Use tools and techniques to prepare and report accounting information

How will I be assessed?

There are 5 assessments in total,

4 are individual unit assessments which test a specific unit

  • Advanced Bookkeeping 
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax

One is a synoptic assessment which is sat after the unit assessments, and covers a mixture of the following units

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

Unit assessments are available on demand, whereas Synoptic assessments are only available at particular times of the year

You can achieve the following grades

  • Distinction: 90-100%
  • Merit: 80-89%
  • Pass: 70-79%

What is the full cost?

£700 Our fees

£375 for 5 assessments at between £70 and £80 each (say, £75)

£135 AAT student admission/membership

£1210 Total cost

Please note:

  • Our fees can be paid for by 5 monthly instalments of £140
  • Our prices include UK postage
  • that assessment fees vary from centre to centre, and the fee is paid direct to the AAT approved assessment venue that you choose. 
  • it is a requirement that you register with the AAT within 4 weeks of enrolling on the course
  • AAT student admission/membership is £125 for International students
  • the AAT may not accept you as a member if you have been declared bankrupt, or have a criminal record. 

Interest free - £140


Level 3 - £700