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AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)

Build foundation knowledge and work your way towards qualified Accounting Technician status with our combined online AAT Level 2 and Level 3 course.

Who is it for? Accounting beginners seeking a seamless path from Level 2 directly to AAT Level 3
Qualification: AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)
Start date: As soon as you’re ready
Duration: Two years' typical completion time.  That’s roughly 5-7 hours per week.

Kick start your career with the Level 2 and 3 AAT Accounting Qualification

Our AAT Level 2 and Level 3 accounting training course is designed to help you fast track your career by combining the courses you need to gain access to wider job opportunities and a higher earning potential. 

You can gain your AAT Level 2 Certificate and AAT Level 3 Diploma in one course, allowing you to save money and fast-track your career. This option offers savings of over 30% compared to the regular Level 3 price.

Our award winning online AAT courses are designed with a single objective: to get the best out of you, realising your full potential. We support you throughout your AAT journey with the BEST interactive resources, live online classes and Tutor support with the opportunity to go at a quicker or slower pace, or even take a break, if you need to.

This AAT Level 2 & Level 3 training course will introduce the essential accounting principles such as double entry bookkeeping and introduce more complex subjects such as Sole Traders and partnerships. Sage One Accounts software is included and accessed via our VLC (see below).

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the leading awarding body for the accounting sector; AAT qualifications are recognised around the world as evidence of capability and are hugely respected by employers. On completion of the course you will receive your Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced) and will qualify for a wide range of mid level finance roles opening your career up to many exciting opportunities.


Study on our award winning online platform

We are thrilled to have won two awards at the 2016 AAT Training Provider Awards: Best Use of E-learning, in recognition of our expert learning team and ground-breaking online campus and AAT Distance Learner of the Year which was awarded to one of our most dedicated students Thomas Brinsley. 

Not every AAT Level 2 & 3 accounting course is the same. Our level of experience and investment in the UK’s largest online AAT programme gives you access not only to experienced tutors, but to a learning environment refined through thousands of successful student journeys. Click here to learn How It Works.

How to gain the AAT Level 2 and Level 3 qualification

Our students work through the AAT Level 2 & 3 Diploma (Advanced) course online on our award-winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus). It allows you to study online, on any device, wherever and whenever suits you. Online learning’s popularity is soaring, it means you can gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments and offers flexibility that is simply not possible with traditional colleges.
The VLC is filled with an enormous range of resources and engaging content and we make sure our course materials cater to all learning styles to give all you the best chance of success.  Just some of the resources you can find on our campus; videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies, E-books, practice tests, student forums, plus our Career Management Hub offers students recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

Unlike other AAT courses, our tutors ensure the live classes and weekly progress checks are tailored to where you need the most help, making these engaging sessions relevant to each stage of your journey.

Syllabus for the AAT Level 2 and 3 course

The Syllabus is set by the AAT but we translate those requirements into a unique combination of personalised activities that give you the confidence to progress and achieve your qualification.For their new syllabus, the AAT use more demanding synoptic assessments at fixed times of the year. Our structured but flexible approach guides you through, ensuring you reach the exams and synoptic assessment at the optimum time. Read more about How it Works below.

Level 2 & 3 accounting training will equip you for a mid- level role in an Accounting or Finance department. By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of manual and computerised accounts and how to use them in a 'real world' setting.

The AAT Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced) consists of eleven separate units:

  1. Bookkeeping Transactions
  2. Bookkeeping Controls
  3. Elements of Costing
  4. Work effectively in Finance
  5. Using Accounting Software
  6. Advanced Bookkeeping
  7. Final Accounts Preparation
  8. Indirect tax
  9. Management Accounting: Costing
  10. Ethics for Accountants
  11. Spreadsheets for Accounting

You will be provided with textbooks for each unit (also given as e-books on the Virtual Learning Campus).

Your qualification...

  • Encompasses the Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A Level 
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • 11 units altogether: five units at Level 2 and six units at Level 3
  • Eight computer-based tests and two synoptic assessment
  • Guidance to reach your synoptic assessment at the optimum time in your course
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Offers progression to study at AAT Level 4, the final stage of the AAT qualification
*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you to sit these exams.

We bring together the very best tutors, an enormous range of interactive course materials and a large support team there for you at every stage of your journey to ensure you have the best AAT course experience possible and achieve your individual goals.

    • Structured but flexible approach gives you achievable milestones to work towards.
    • The course is designed in-line with the AAT’s fixed synoptic assessment dates to help you coordinate your study with your assessments so you remember it all on the day.
    • Your dedicated Tutor is there whenever needed, proactively intervening when extra support is needed
    • Our Student Services team help you find your way around the campus and use our wealth of support tools
    • Our friendly Community Co-ordinators give you extra help and encouragement along the way
    • Our marking team ensure your assignments are turned around rapidly and with helpful feedback
    • 24 hour access to the award-winning Virtual Learning Campus
    • Interactive live classes mean you learn alongside your peers and help with motivation –
    • Our vibrant community of thousands of students gives you a ready-made network for support or advice
    • Both printed course books and handy ebooks for each unit
    • Our exclusive Career Management Service includes video career coaching, interview simulator, career assessment tools, CV guidance and job search
    • Flexible finance options to help you spread the cost (more detail below)
    • Sage One Accounts software
    • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.
    • Call us now on 020 7173 5847 to hear more about our unique line-up

To enrol on our AAT Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma (Advanced) course we recommend that you have basic GCSE level English and Mathematics qualifications and a keen interest in Accounting. We also recommend that students take the AAT’s Skill Check to measure their prior knowledge.

Before you enrol on this Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the prerequisites below:

  • You have a valid UK address (AAT qualifications cannot be studied outside the UK, Channel Isles or Isle of Man)
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required if English is not your first language
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period
  • You have basic computer skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus and regular access to the Internet
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.


When you have completed the AAT Level 2 & 3 Diploma (Advanced) course you will gain your qualification and achieve the status of a Part-qualified Accounting Technician. This is really valuable for your CV and LinkedIn profile.

All the vital skills and knowledge you have learnt throughout the AAT Level 2 & 3 course will set you up perfectly for a mid-level finance role. This expertise will qualify you for roles including Credit Controller, Accounts Officer or Accounts Assistant.

But your career opportunities don’t need to end here – progressing to the Level 4 Diploma (Professional) really extends your job prospects and earning potential. Completing the AAT pathway is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree and allows you to use the letters MAAT after your name and to go on to study with British Chartered Accountancy bodies such as the ACCA. AAT is the only professional qualification that allows progression to Chartered status from entry level.

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*Source: Salary Checker, 2016

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Online AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. One in twelve Chartered Accountants started by studying toward an AAT Qualification*. AAT is the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees with 125,000 members worldwide.

Our AAT courses online allow you to study at home and learn the important technical theory you need to work as an Accountant and how to apply this in a real-world setting. Home Learning College is the UK’s leading online learning provider for distance learning AAT courses, with pass rates better than the AAT themselves for all levels.

Once you have completed the AAT Level 4 Diploma course you can apply to join one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, without the need for a degree.

With AAT on your CV, you will demonstrate a level of excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers. Our practical, industry-focussed courses enable you to manage finances, budgets and cash flow effectively and play a key role in business growth. 

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*Source: AAT website, 2016

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