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AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced)

Continue on the journey to owning and running your own bookkeeping business

Who is it for? Experienced Bookkeepers aiming to advance their skills

AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced)

Start date: Ongoing
Duration: Six months' typical completion time, roughly 5-7 hours per week.

Boost your bookkeeping career with the Level 3 AAT Bookkeeping Qualification

If you are looking to take the next step in your bookkeeping career, and really boost your opportunities, our Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced) course will give you the desired skills that employers and clients are looking for.

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.

Our online AAT Level 3 Course in Bookkeeping (Advanced) will cover areas such as double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, intermediate spreadsheets, software use and professional ethics. Home Learning College train more AAT students online than any other training provider.

The course offers a solid introduction to manual double entry bookkeeping, including associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard, providing a great starting point for anyone wishing to start a career in the accounting or bookkeeping industry.

This qualification will pave the way for you to apply for AAT Bookkeeping membership, entitling you to use the letters AATQB. If you are determined to push your finance career even further and increase your earning potential, this qualification also provides a fantastic basis for progression onto the AAT Level 3 Diploma (Advanced) and Level 4 Diplomas (Professional) in Accounting.

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 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced) and will qualify for a wide range of entry 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 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 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced)

Students will work through the AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping course online on our award winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus)  our fantastic online learning platform which ensures Students succeed, with the ability to study online, on any device, wherever and whenever suits them. Online learning allows you to gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments and offers a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with a huge range of resources and engaging content and we make sure our course materials cater to all learning styles to give all our students the best chance of success.  The campus holds videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes- with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies, E-books, practice tests, online chat box for Tutor contact, student forums, plus our Career Management Hub offers students recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 


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.

Our online AAT courses enable you to fit your studies around existing commitments, including family life or running a business.

We break down the AAT syllabus into small, manageable learning blocks because we know, from experience, that people learn best from taking small steps and consolidating their knowledge as they go along. 

The AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping consists of three separate units:

  • Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping  
  • Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation
  • Unit 3:  Indirect Tax

Your qualification...

  • Level 3 qualification – comparable to studying at A- Level
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Six months’ typical completion time
  • Three course books and 3 Computer Based Assessments
  • 85 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) and 6 months’ typical completion - however, as this is an online learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • The Level 3 AAT Bookkeeping Advanced Certificate offers progression to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

* Available for the duration of your 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
  • 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)
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts
  • Free AAT Subscription worth £43

    Call us now on 020 7173 5847 to hear more about our unique line-up.

To enrol on our Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping course, we recommend that you have a basic GCSE qualification in English and Mathematics and a keen interest in Bookkeeping.

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 computer 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 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.

    The practical, hands-on skills you will gain from this Level 3 course will set you up perfectly for a mid level Bookkeeping or Accounting role. This could be as a Ledger Manager, Accounts Manager or Bookkeeper earning up to £29,000*.

    With the AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Advanced) you have the option to top up your qualification with 3 extra units to gain the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced). The full AAT qualification consists of three levels and is a fully recognised route to employment in a UK accounting role; the further you progress, the better the employment opportunities.

    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.

    *Salary Checker 2016

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