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.

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 last year as part of their new 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.

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