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Accounting AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

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 (QCF: 600/6908/9)
Location: Online Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 305 recommended study hours - 12 months' typical completion

What is the Level 3 AAT Diploma?

AAT Level 3 courses online teach the advanced skills needed to work as a part-qualified Accounting Technician. If you already understand the basic principles of accounting and bookkeeping and are looking to develop your knowledge and skills, online AAT Level 3 accounting training is the ideal next step.

AAT Level 3 builds on the theory learnt at Level 2 by focusing on more complex accounting tasks, such as the formal preparation of accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships, and cash management. You will also learn about professional ethics and business law within the accounting sector.

One step closer to gaining the full AAT Accounting Qualification

AAT Level 3 accounting training will equip you to handle a wide variety of finance roles, and progress with further study to complete the full AAT Accounting Qualification Pathway.

The course allows you to study from home to become competent with a variety of complex accounting processes, such as recording and accounting for fixed assets; VAT issues in business; ethics and a wide range of advanced spreadsheet tools and techniques.

On completing the AAT Level 3 course you will have achieved Part-Qualified Accounting Technician status and will be well on the way to a successful career in Accountancy.

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

  1. Accounts Preparation
  2. Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships
  3. Costs and Revenues
  4. Indirect Tax
  5. Spreadsheet Software
  6. Professional Ethics.

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

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

Course Snapshot

  • Level 3 qualification - comparable to studying at A-level or Higher
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and recognised by Ofqual
  • Entry requirements: Students must hold AAT Level 2 or be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge through work experience or an alternative qualification
  • Seven course books consisting of six units and seven Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs)
  • Four computer-based tests and two computer-based projects – all taken at an external centre*
  • 305 Guided Study Hours (GSH) – 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
  • Pathway option available – take advantage of two courses in one economical package with our Pathway option
  • 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.

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
  • 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 3 Diploma 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 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. 


Pathway Options

Designed to help you fast-track your career, our pathway packages combine the courses you need to gain access to the wider job opportunities and a higher earning potential.

With our AAT Intermediate Pathway you can gain your AAT Level 3 Diploma and AAT Level 4 Diplomas in one course, allowing you to save money and achieve the complete AAT Accounting Qualification seamlessly. Our fast-track route helps non-graduates work towards Chartered status more quickly than by following the university path.

Upon completion of the AAT Level 3 Diploma course, you will gain a nationally recognised accredited QCF Qualification (accredited QCF number: 60069089), allowing you to take the next step in your finance career.

The AAT Level 3 Diploma is the penultimate stage of the full AAT Accounting Qualification (AQ2013) pathway and will earn you 160 UCAS points. Over thirty UK universities offer exemptions onto Accounting and Finance related degrees for AAT Professional members, with a qualification at this level.

Upon completion of the full AAT qualification pathway, and with relevant work experience, you can apply for full AAT membership, allowing you to use the letters MAAT after your name.

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

After completing AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, you will be able to apply for roles such as Audit Trainee, Credit Controller, Finance Assistant and Tax Accountant, earning a typical salary range of between £11,000 to £24,000.*

* AAT’s 2013 Salary Survey for people working full-time.

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