Home Learning College

Accounting AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

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 (QCF: 600/6909/0 & 600/6908/9)
Location: Distance Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 515 recommended study hours - two years' typical completion time

Advance your career with AAT Level 2 and Level 3 Qualifications

Our AAT Level 2 and Level 3 accounting training course is designed to take you further by allowing you to complete two accounting qualifications in one. Study towards two of the AAT courses - AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting - in one affordable package. By learning at home to gain these two AAT courses in quick succession you will enhance your earning potential and career prospects.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 AAT Accounting course allows you to learn accounting from basic to intermediate level through study at home. The AAT Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma is the perfect online course to advance your study and achieve an AAT advanced certificate in accounting.

Learn essential accounting theory and gain practical skills

Level 2 and 3 AAT accounting courses start by covering the essential accounting skills addressed in the level 2 course such as double entry bookkeeping and accounting for VAT, before moving on to more complex topics such as accounts for Sole Traders and partnerships.

As well as key theoretical concepts, AAT Level 2 and 3 accounting courses cover all aspects of Sage One Accounts, the world's most popular accounting and bookkeeping software, teaching you how to create and maintain computerised records.

In gaining two recognised AAT qualifications in quick succession you will be well on your way to a successful career as an Accounting Technician.

The AAT Level 2 Certificate & 3 Diploma combined course consists of 11 units:

  1. Processing Bookkeeping Transactions
  2. Control Accounts, Journals and Banking System
  3. Basic Costing
  4. Computerised Accounting
  5. Work Efficiently in Accounting and Finance
  6. Accounts Preparation
  7. Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships
  8. Costs and Revenues
  9. Indirect Tax
  10. Spreadsheet Software
  11. Professional Ethics.

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

View a short selection of Sample Materials for AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Course Snapshot

  • Encompasses the Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A Level or Higher Education
  • 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 four computer-based projects – all taken at an external centre*
  • 515 Guided Learning Hours (GLH), however as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Offers progression to study at AAT Level 4, the final stage of the AAT qualification
  • It is essential that you have a PC with the Windows XP operating system or higher.

*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you to sit these exams.

What is Included

We have put together a comprehensive package to ensure you have everything you need to successfully complete your course. This includes:

  • Study framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 12 months
  • Dedicated tutor to provide additional assistance along the course
  • Timely interactive live classes as you progress through the course to instil the knowledge
  • Course books for each unit
  • Additional downloadable resources
  • Online student forums
  • 24 hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • Assignment marking and thorough feedback
  • Exam fees and exclusive exam booking service
  • Sage Instant Accounts software
  • Free access to the Career Management Service
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

To enrol on our AAT Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma 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 three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18 or 24 months payment plans*. Representative APR 19.9%. 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.

* Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, is subject to a credit check and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 


Our AAT Level 2 & 3 combined course covers two thirds of the full AAT Accounting Qualification, putting you in a strong position to secure a mid-level finance role, such as Ledger Supervisor or Finance Administrator.

The AAT Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to 160 UCAS points. Over thirty UK universities offer exemptions onto accounting and finance related degrees for AAT Professional members, at this level.

Upon successful completion of AAT Level 3 you will be able to progress to the final stage of the AAT qualification pathway.

Completing the full AAT (AQ2013) pathway is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree, and is recognised as a non-graduate route in Chartered Accountancy. All UK Chartered and certified accountancy bodies - including CIPFA, CIMA, ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA - offer generous exemptions to full AAT members.

Having completed the full AAT Qualification pathway and having achieved the relevant experience, you will be able to apply for full AAT membership and use of the letters MAAT after your name.

View the AAT Accounting Technicians career progression pathway.


Accounts Clerk


*Source: SalaryTrack, January 2013

Finance Administrator


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Assistant Accountant


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