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AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

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

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

AAT accounting courses offer you an accredited route into accountancy if you have little or no experience. Choosing an online training course in accounting allows you to gain a professional qualification from home and around your current commitments.

Who is it for? Professionals and AAT Level 2 graduates looking to continue developing their accounting skills

Qualification AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

Location Online Learning

Duration Tutoring: 15 months Typical duration: 13 months

What is the AAT Level 3 course?

If you have completed the AAT level 2 course, or are experienced at working in an accounting role, our AAT Level 3 online course will help you progress your career by teaching you more advanced and complex accounting skills. Once you have finished your training and gained the AAT Level 3 Diploma, you’ll be equipped for more responsibility, in your current role or a new one. You’ll also be one step closer to completing the AAT pathway and becoming an AAT Full Member.

All our AAT courses now come with a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. Learn the basics of this industry-leading online accounting software and improve your employability even further. With a 61% increase in the past year of accountancy job listings on reed.co.uk requiring knowledge of Xero in the specification, you can get ahead of the competition with this bonus qualification!

Why AVADO?

Get AAT qualified with the biggest and the best

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and award-winning learning design, we have grown into the UK’s no. 1 online AAT course provider.

Chosen by students, chosen by AAT
Not only do more students pass online AAT qualifications with us than any other training provider, but we were also awarded Distance Learning Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Awards 2018.

Learning that works, guaranteed
We know our AAT courses are the best on the market. That’s why we offer 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.

An online platform built around you
Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

Going the extra mile for employability
With AVADO you don’t just get a highly-respected AAT qualification; we also give you a free Xero Advisor Certification to build your practical skills with online accounting software. Plus, access our free Careers Hub for advice and guidance on how to get the most out of your studies

Great teachers and inspiring content
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content including videos, quizzes and live classes.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!

Affordable price plans
Payment packages to suit your budget with a flexible range of interest-free monthly instalment options.

What is included with the AAT Level 3 qualification?

Your course includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Five online units with a hard copy book to support each one
  • Xero Advisor certification short course for learning the basics of Xero online accounting software
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
  • Revision classes, assignment marking and feedback to help you improve
  • Pass Guarantee – hit the milestones and get free tutor support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic exam first-time*
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

We believe you shouldn’t have to pay extra essentials like revision and assignment marking. That’s why we include everything above in the price. The only additional costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

*Click here for full terms and conditions.

Prerequisites for the AAT Level 3 qualification

In order to enrol you must have passed AAT Level 2 or an equivalent accounting qualification. Alternatively, you can have gained sufficient work experience in an accounting role for the Level 3 course to be appropriate. If you are unsure which level is right for you, the AAT offer a Skillcheck test.

The following entry requirements also apply:

  • You must be over the age of 18 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 access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable Internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • 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

Career path for the AAT Level 3 qualification

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma will develop your accounting career by teaching you advanced accounting skills and knowledge. The qualification will also make you eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, which will allow you to pursue a career as a freelance bookkeeper. Having this qualification on your CV will give you an edge in proving to potential employers your continued commitment to the accounting profession.

The next step in the full AAT pathway is the Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), the final qualification in the series. 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).

Here are a couple of roles you’ll be eligible for after gaining this qualification:

Finance OfficerAssistant Accountant
£23,000*£25,000*

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

How it works

All our AAT courses are delivered through our award winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet any time, wherever you are.

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Frequent live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

What is the AAT?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees and a globally recognised accrediting body for accounting qualifications with over 125,000 members worldwide.

AAT Accounting qualifications are highly valued by employers, as they demonstrate that you have practical skills that you’ll need to manage cash flow, budgets, and finances effectively, as well as the commitment and dedication to succeed in an accountancy role.

Once you complete the Professional Diploma (Level 4) AAT qualification you can become a full AAT Member and put the letters MAAT after your name, giving you professional recognition of your qualifications.

The AAT qualification pathway can also be the stepping stone to chartered accountant status with one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, including the ACCA. You won’t need a degree and will even qualify for some exemptions from the first papers of the ACCA qualification.

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 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 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.