AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting


Studying the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting is a gateway to a lucrative new career. Develop your skills beyond Level 2 Foundation and explore accounting practices in greater depth. Gain a respected and internationally recognised qualification that will build your knowledge and train you to professional standards. Modules will cover a range of more complex accountancy topics, including advanced bookkeeping, final accounts preparation and indirect tax.

You can train with a flexible study programme that includes dedicated tutor support which you can access anytime, anywhere using learndirect Professional online system, a unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Benefit from a hub of study materials at your fingertips and the support of an online network of like-minded learners. You can even improve your employability through cv builder resources and psychometric tests.

You can pay for your course in full or by using a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. With a loan, all examination and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) fees come included, and you won’t pay anything upfront.

How does my AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting work?

Fit learning around your schedule, with an online course that’s designed to make studying simple. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) uses the very latest technology to provide a seamless, interactive learning experience. Access all the resources you need at home, or on your mobile device. You’ll complete units with the support of quizzes, practice tests, games, videos and discussion forums. A personal tutor will contact you by phone, email and Skype, to offer you advice and ensure you approach your exams with confidence.

How will my AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting be assessed?

You’ll work through study units, with the opportunity to complete a mock exam for each in our VLE. For several units, you’ll need to sit an exam at one of over 200 AAT assessment centres across the UK.

Some units require a computer-based project, which will be sent to AAT for marking. Units will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

At the end of your course, you’ll complete a final synoptic test at an AAT centre. This will assess your knowledge of several units on the programme. Our team will work with you to find an exam time and location that suits you and book your assessment on your behalf.

What happens after my AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting?

AAT qualifications are known for training individuals to the highest industry standards. By completing an AAT course, you’ll show employers that you’re ready to begin work and have the discipline needed for a broad range of job roles.

Gaining a respected qualification will give you the confidence and expertise to build a career as a senior bookkeeper, tax accountant or finance officer. By boosting your skills, you could also target a promotion, or go on to further study. Providing 160 UCAS points, this course can be used to meet university entry requirements.

Course modules

Module 1: Advanced bookkeeping

Computer Based Assessment

  • Accounting principles and concepts underlying all financial accounting. The accounting equation, the nature and importance of the different categories of account and how books and records work together.

Module 2: Final accounts preparation

Computer Based Assessment

  • Accounting skills in restructuring accounting information from incomplete records and preparing financial statements for sole traders. Techniques to restructure accounts, finding missing information and the significance/ limitations of the trial balance. Statement of financial position and statement of profit or loss.

Module 3: Management accounting: costing

Computer Based Assessment

  • Cost handling in organisations, why different organisations treat costs in different ways. Different approaches to cost accounting and making informed and reasoned judgements to guide management.

Module 4: Indirect Tax

Synoptic (End of Course) Assessment

  • VAT regulations. Completing VAT returns on time and accurately. VAT penalties and adjustments in the event of errors. Communicating VAT information.

Module 5: Ethics for accountants

Synoptic (End of Course) Assessment

  • Principles of ethical working. Ethical behaviour when working with internal and external customers. When and how to take appropriate action following suspected breaches of ethical codes. Ethical responsibility of the finance professional in promoting sustainability.

Module 6: Spreadsheets for accountants

Synoptic (End of Course) Assessment

  • Using spreadsheets to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data. Appropriate formulas and data analysis tools and techniques to meet requirements. Tools and techniques to present, format and publish spreadsheet information.


  • There are no formal requirements, but you should be able to demonstrate
  • appropriate knowledge through work experience or have a level 2 (or equivalent) AAT qualification already.
  • You will need a valid UK address (AAT qualifications cannot be studied outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man).
  • You must have access to a PC and the Internet to complete this course.
  • Whilst there is no formal requirement for Maths and English qualifications, a reasonable degree of competence will be needed in order to successfully complete this course.

* Please note, if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, the AAT may not accept you to sit the exam/s.


You study the course materials for each unit, which comprise a, media rich, combination of text, illustrations, spreadsheets, videos, interactive quizzes, social connections, peer discussion, debates and games. This is enabled by the most cutting edge, online learning platform, in the UK today.

Computer Based Assessments

When you have completed the unit, you demonstrate learning with an end of unit online mock test, taken in the VLE, followed by a Unit Assessment at an AAT centre. This is the case for the first four units and you will get your provisional results immediately.

Computer Based Projects

If you need to submit a computer based project, this will go to AAT for assessment which can lengthen the assessment process. This does not need to delay your progress though, as you will be given access to study the next unit.

Synoptic (End of Course) Assessment

Once you have completed your learning for all 6 modules, there will be a final ‘synoptic’ general test (Two 90 minute component exams). The synoptic test aims to test your knowledge across all units studied in the course.

Qualification number: 60165546

To gain the qualification you will need to successfully complete all the units in the course.
Please note: Online access is required in order to complete this course.

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

This AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting is universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT-qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm, because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism.

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is sponsored by the chartered accounting bodies CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS.

AAT qualifications are respected and internationally recognised in 90 countries around the world. Organisations hire AAT qualified members (from a body of over 130,000 members) as they represent the highest standards of professionalism. AAT are the awarding body for this qualification.

Developing your career

AAT qualifications are in high demand in almost any business environment, and they’re also recognised in over 90 countries around the world. Showing your commitment to expanding your knowledge, with the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, will increase your job opportunities and earning potential. Accountancy training could see you find work in fashion, politics, business, charity work, sport, education and many more industries. Achieve professional credibility and progress in your career.

If you apply for full AAT membership, you could go on to access benefits including online support and entry to AAT events. You’ll also have the chance to continue your studies, either through a university course or by training with another awarding body to become a chartered accountant or tax specialist. You could even start your own business in finance or accounting, or offer consultancy services.

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