This challenging qualification follows on from the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and provides students with the skills that they need to work in a variety of bookkeeping and financial accounting roles. The qualification comprises three units: Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation and Indirect Tax. Upon completion, students are able to apply for the designatory letters ‘AATQB’ to reflect their status as AAT qualified bookkeepers. This qualification is ideal for students who do not feel confident in completing the detailed written English elements contained within the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting, but who still wish to gain a valuable qualification at Level 3. The course fee includes the first exam sitting of each of the three exams but does not include the fee for student membership of AAT or the cost of any exam resits.
The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting consists of six individual units as listed above. Each unit is assessed by an end of unit externally set examination or assessment which covers all of the material covered in each unit. Students who successfully complete all units will be awarded the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.
It is expected that all students have already passed the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping or an equivalent qualification which includes manual double entry bookkeeping to this level.
Students should have a high level of written and spoken English and maths, equivalent to at least GCSE grade ‘C’.
Students should also have good basic IT skills and ideally have some experience of using Microsoft Excel software.
Students will need to bring a calculator to each lesson, ideally a desktop calculator. Students should also bring a pen, a pencil, highlighter pens and a notebook to each lesson. It is also strongly recommended that students purchase a course textbook for each unit.
Students will be taught using a variety of interactive and collaborative teaching and learning methods including tutor demonstrations, pair and group work exercises, written classwork and homework exercises.
Progress is checked throughout the course through the completion of classwork and homework exercises. Progress will also be checked through tutor feedback given to students (including marked homework exercises) and through the use of recap exercises at the start of lessons to enable students to ensure that they have understood the work covered during the previous lesson.
Students will be required to complete approximately three hours of independent study per week during the course. During the revision period for the end of unit examinations and assessments, students should expect to spend considerably longer than this in independent study.
Students who have successfully completed this course can apply to study on the AAT Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Accounting course or apply to universities to study an undergraduate degree in Accounting or Finance.