This challenging qualification follows on from the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and will enable you to develop a wide range of detailed accounting skills that are highly valued by employers.
You will study five units covering a wide range of technical subject areas including advanced bookkeeping, final accounts preparation, cost and management accounting, VAT, using spreadsheet software and professional ethics for accountants.
Exam fees for the first sitting of each exam are included in the course fee. AAT registration fees and any exam resit fees are not included.
You will need to have excellent levels of spoken and written English and very high levels of numeracy. You should also be able to use Microsoft Excel, at least to a basic level. Experience of working in a finance environment is highly desirable, although not essential.
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.