What is the AAT Level 3 qualification?
Don’t stop developing your career. Build on your accounting knowledge with six units covering more advanced topics.
Who is it for?
Accounting professionals who want to advance their career
What qualification will I get?
AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)
15 months of tutor time
Why should I choose Avado?
When you study with us you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.
Here’s some of the reasons we’re the best place for AAT:
The UK’s biggest online AAT learning community
More online AAT students study, pass, and get qualified with us than anyone else
A course should be more than a textbook – learn from videos, infographics, interactive quizzes, and more
Great teaching: Guaranteed
Our expert tutors will give you free support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic first-time
Study anytime, anywhere
Fit studying into your busy day with bite-sized activities built for mobile
No one likes having to pay a surprise bill. That’s why we include everything we can in cost of your course:
- 24-hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus, plus an E-book for each unit
- A Xero Advisor certification course where you’ll learn a popular online accounting software
- Revision classes to get you ready for exams
- Pass Guarantee – hit the milestones and get free tutor support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic exam first-time
The only extra costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you pay directly to the AAT and assessment venue.
What will I need?
This course builds on the skills you develop in Level 2, so we recommend you get that (or a similar qualification) first.
You could also be ready if you have experience in an accounting role. You can speak to us if you’re not sure which level is best for you.
You’ll also need:
An AAT Approved test centre near you so you can sit your exams
A third-party payee if you’re under 18 years old
A solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
Basic computer skills and access to a phone/tablet/laptop with internet
What career options does Level 3 open up?
The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on accounting roles with more responsibility.
You’ll also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, which will let you become a freelance bookkeeper.
Here are a couple of example roles:
Average salary: £23,000*
Average salary: £25,000*
Once you’ve got your Level 3 you can do the final step in the AAT Pathway: Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), which will get you ready for management roles and make you eligible for AAT Full Membership.
*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017
Who are the AAT?
The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading professional body for accountants.
Employers trust people with AAT qualifications. You won’t just be learning abstract theories – you’ll be developing key skills that you can start using immediately, even before you finish the course.
You can be confident your AAT course is going to have a real impact on your career: a recent survey by Xero revealed that more Accounting and Bookkeeping practices found AAT qualifications important when hiring than any other qualification.
What will I learn?
Here are the 6 units you’ll cover, and what you’ll be able to do by the end of each one:
Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping
You’ll build on your bookkeeping knowledge by learning 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.
Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation
We’ll study how to prepare accounts for different business types, record changes in the structure of a partnership and prepare final accounts from incomplete records.
Unit 3: Indirect Tax
We’ll help you discover further elements to VAT legislation governing costs and learn how to prepare a VAT tax return.
Unit 4: Management Accounting: Costing
In this unit you’ll learn to prepare budget accounts for company costs (materials, labour and expenses) and how to forecast for company revenues considering break-even and limiting factors.
Unit 5: Ethics for Accountants
Here you’ll discover more about the ethical guidelines within accounting and the legal considerations that apply to members in practice.
Unit 6: Spreadsheets for accounting
Learn with us how to create advanced spreadsheets for accounting using appropriate formulas and formatting.
You also get a free Xero Advisor Certification short course included with your qualification. You’ll learn the basics of using Xero’s cloud-based accounting software, which means you’ll have a head start if you start working somewhere that uses it. Basically, it’s future-proofing your CV!
How will I be assessed?
Each unit has an exam you’ll need to do at an assessment centre. When you’ve passed all of those, you’ll do your synoptic assessment, which will test you on everything you’ve learned on your course.
Don’t stress about this – our courses are designed with the synoptic in mind, so you won’t need to take it until you’re ready. We’ll even give you free support for a resit if you don’t pass first time – that’s our Pass Guarantee.*
*Click here for full terms and conditions.
Flexible learning deserves flexible payments.
You have plenty of options when it comes to paying for your course. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 24 months.
If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*
Your company can fund your course
Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.
*For representative examples and full terms and conditions click here.
“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