AAT Award Winner

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)

Level 3 AAT Accounting courses are designed to build on knowledge gained from your previous accounting training, teaching you advanced accounting procedures.

Who is it for? Professionals and Level 2 students looking to advance their accounting skills
Qualification: AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 12 months' typical completion. That's roughly 6-8 hours per week.

What is the Level 3 AAT Diploma (Advanced)?

Our online AAT Level 3 Course in Accounting builds on the skills developed from Level 2 focusing on more complex accounting tasks, such as the formal preparation of accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships, and cash management.

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.

Studying your qualification online with Home Learning College allows you to progress through the course whenever and whenever suits you.

Submit your details in the form to receive a course brochure.

One step closer to gaining the full AAT Accounting Qualification

With the AAT Level 3 qualification, you will be highly sought after by employers due to yourrelevant knowledge, skills and enthusiasm and the AAT’s excellent international reputation.

With the Level 3 AAT qualification on your CV, you can apply for a range of positions such as an Assistant Accountant with a potential salary of £29,000* and achieving the full AAT qualification you could earn up to £37,500 and continue on to chartered accountancy.

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 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 on How It Works to see why we’re different.

How to gain the AAT Level 3 qualification


Our students work through the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma 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 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.

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting consists of six units:

  1. Advanced Bookkeeping
  2. Final Accounts Preperation
  3. Indirect Tax
  4. Management Accounting: Costing
  5. Ethics for Accountants
  6. Spreadsheets for Accounting

You will be provided with textbooks for each unit (also supplied as eBooks through the Virtual Learning Campus).

Your Qualification...

  • Level 3 qualification – comparable to studying at A level
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and recognised by Ofqual
  • Six course books, one for each unit
  • Four computer-based tests and one synoptic assessment
  • Guidance to reach your synoptic assessment at the optimum time in your course
  • 5-7 hours learning a week - however, as this is an online learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Pathway option available - take advantage of two courses in one economical package with our combined AAT Level 3 & 4 Diploma course
  • The Level 3 AAT Accounting Advanced Certificate offers progression to the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.
*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 in the AAT Level 3 Course?

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 organise your exams 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
      • Exam fees and our full exam booking service means you can focus on your studies
      • 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 3 Diploma (Advanced) you must be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge through work experience or hold a Level 2 AAT, or equivalent qualification. 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 Islands 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 PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • 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 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.

Career Path

All the vital skills and knowledge you have learnt throughout the AAT Level 3 course will set you up perfectly for a mid-level finance role. This qualification and 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 Professional Diploma really extends your job prospects and earning potential.

The Pathway Option – combine levels to save

Designed to help you fast-track your career, our pathway packages   offer the chance to get qualified faster, at the best value and ensures you can reach where you want to be in your accounting career, even quicker.

 You can gain your AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate and AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in one course, with significant savings compared to the regular Level 4 Professional Diploma price. It is our most popular study option for students determined to succeed, developing accounting skills from basic to intermediate level.

The Level 3 Advanced Diploma forms the second of three stages in the full AAT Accounting Qualification (AQ2016) pathway. 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. AAT is the only professional qualification that allows progression to Chartered status from entry level.


Accounts Officer: £25,000
Assistant Accountant: £29,000*

*Salary Checker, 2016.

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.

Read more about the AAT courses

*Source: AAT website, 2016

Enrolment Process LinkBanner

Get Course Information Kit

We'll send you...

  • Our full course brochure
  • Course offers and taster class details
  • Careers guidance and salary information