Don't worry your assessments

You might have heard that AAT have stopped all assessments to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We want you know that there's no need to put off studying if you're looking to get qualified.

Even if your assessments are delayed, we're committed to supporting you. That's why if you enrol now we'll give you 3 months of extra tuition time for free.*

That means you'll still be able to use the campus and speak to your tutor - so you'll be ready for your exams even if you have to take them a bit later than usual.

*Click here for full terms and conditions.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

  • Perfect for those who have already completed Level 2
  • Leads to roles such as Finance Officer and Bookkeeper

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

Develop your existing accounting skills further and prepare yourself for a role with more responsibility

Continue developing your career with AAT Level 3

If you have limited experience in accountancy, an AAT level 3 course can help you advance towards the next level. This distance learning course consists of 6 units covering more advanced topics designed to build on your existing accounting knowledge.

Who is it for?

AAT Level 2 graduates looking to further develop their accounting skills or professionals who want to advance their accounting career.


AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)


Online Learning


Tutoring: 15 months

Typical duration: 13 months

What is the AAT Level 3 course?

The AAT Level 3 course follows on from Level 2, introducing you to more advanced and complex accounting skills that will help you progress with your career.

After completion, you can advance onto our AAT level 4 course to complete your AAT pathway and become a full AAT Member. Once you’ve achieved Level 4 status, you are eligible for Full AAT Membership, which lets you put the letters “MAAT” after your name, giving you professional recognition of your qualifications.

How the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting works

Like the rest of our AAT courses, the AAT Level 3 course is taught through our Virtual Learning Campus (VLC), which can be accessed on any internet device, including your mobile.

This provides all of your learning materials, including live online classes (or recordings if you miss them), videos, quizzes, and community forums where you can get support from the rest of your classmates and your tutor. This way you never feel like you’re studying alone and you can always reach out if you have any questions.

Our online courses can easily fit around your life, even if you’re currently employed. Thanks to the VLC, bite-sized activities can be accessed any time you get a free moment to study. Each activity even comes with a time estimate, so it’s easy to plan around your schedule.

What is included with the AAT Level 3 qualification?

The price of your course includes the following:

  • Six accredited online units, each accompanied with a hard copy book
  • 24-hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • Xero Advisor certification – a short course that will teach you to use a popular piece of online accounting software
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Regular online live classes, including revision classes
  • A free TOTUM card with access to a range of student discounts.
  • Free tutor support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic exam first-time with our Pass Guarantee.*

There are two additional costs you will need to take into account: Fees for AAT membership and exam registrations need to be paid directly to the AAT.

*Click here for full terms and conditions.

What do I need to enrol for the Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting?

To apply, you need to have passed AAT Level 2 or an equivalent accounting qualification. However, sometimes relevant work experience in an accounting role will suffice. If you are unsure which level is right for you, the AAT offer a Skillcheck test.

As well as the above, the following entry requirements apply for every AAT course:

  • You must be 18 or over, or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have reliable access to the internet
  • You must be able to attend all exams at an AAT Approved centre. Students outside the UK will incur an additional cost for international postage of textbooks

What are my career options after the AAT Level 3 qualification?

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma will make you eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, which will allow you to pursue a career as a freelance bookkeeper. You can also become a Finance Officer, earning £23,000 on average, or an Assistant Accountant on a salary of £25,000.*

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

If you want to continue studying, the final step in the full AAT pathway is the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)..

Once you complete the full pathway, you will have in-depth knowledge of advanced accounting processes and will also be eligible to become an AAT Full Member (MAAT).


AVADO is the UK’s most chosen online AAT course provider.

AVADO were also awarded Distance Learning Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Awards 2018, so you can be confident you’re getting the highest standard of learning. We are so confident in the outcomes of our courses that we offer free tutor support should you need to resit a synoptic exam, thanks to our Pass Guarantee.

Our payment packages are aimed to suit your budget with a flexible range of interest-free monthly instalment options. If you’d like a free course brochure, please fill in the form above.

Syllabus for the AAT Level 3 course

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) will build on the skills you developed in the Level 2 course, introducing you to more complex, specialist areas of accounting. Topics covered include accounts preparation, as well as costs and revenues.

We translate the syllabus that the AAT sets into a combination of activities, classes, and other content to ensure you get the best learning experience possible.

The AAT Level 3 qualification consists of six units:

1. Advanced Bookkeeping
Be able to use a sub-divided accounting system to prepare trial balances and reconciliations, comprise the valuation of inventory, prepare accounts for irrecoverable debts and understand the disposal of non-current assets.

2. Final Accounts Preparation
Learn how to prepare accounts for different business types, record changes in the structure of a partnership and prepare final accounts from incomplete records.

3. Indirect Tax
Discover further elements to VAT legislation governing costs and learn how to prepare a VAT tax return.

4. Management Accounting: Costing
Be able to prepare budget accounts for company costs (materials, labour and expenses) and learn how to forecast for company revenues considering break-even and limiting factors.

5. Ethics for Accountants
Discover more about the ethical guidelines within accounting and the legal considerations that apply to members in practice.

6. Spreadsheets for Accounting
Learn how to create advanced spreadsheets for accounting using appropriate formulas and formatting.

Also included in your course is a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. You will learn the basics of using Xero’s cloud-based accounting software, giving your CV another edge in a competitive job market.

During the course you will take five exams: four computer-based assessments and one synoptic exam, which will all be held at an approved exam centre. The AAT introduced synoptic exams as part of their new AQ2016 syllabus; designed to test your knowledge across all the units in a qualification.

Our programme has been designed with these synoptic assessments in mind so you know you’ll be fully prepared before you sit them. Along with advice from your tutor, you can decide when you’re ready to take your exams. In fact we’re so confident that we offer you a Pass Guarantee: follow the milestones on the campus and if you don’t pass your synoptic exam first-time we’ll give you free tutor support for a resit.*

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Level 3 qualification – comparable to an A-level qualification
  • Four computer-based exams and one synoptic assessment, all taken at an external test centre
  • Typically complete within 12 months
  • Free Xero Advisor certification

Financial Options

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

We can now offer you 0% finance on payment plans of up to 12 months, letting you spread the cost of your course without incurring any additional charges.*

You can also apply for our 24, 36, or 48-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 12.9%. Take a look at a representative APR Example or enquire now and speak to one of our Course Advisors.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call.

*Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.

“AVADO take the “distant” out of distance learning. They provide high levels of support and receive strong student engagement as a result, while they encourage progression through the entire AAT qualification.”

Nicky Fisher, AAT Past President

“This course has that structure and pace that is manageable and most importantly keeps me constantly engaged. I like that you can easily contact the tutor by phone or email and talk to classmates on the student forum giving each other tips and encouraging each other to push through.”

Sarah Eve Tucker, AAT Graduate

Course Awards

Award-winning learning

We're proud to have won numerous awards with our AAT courses.