AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Evening


The Advanced qualification introduces more detailed financial tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and preparation of reports and returns. You will also master a range of accounting disciplines from ethical practices for accountants to advanced bookkeeping.

If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The course consists of six units covering topics such as:

Advanced Bookkeeping
Final Accounts Preparation
Indirect Tax (VAT)
Professional Ethics in Accounting
Spreadsheet Software
Introduction to Management Accounting.

Am I right for the course?

This qualification has been developed for those working, or wishing to start work in areas of accounting and finance. It is intended to provide access to a wide range of learners, although a reasonable level of both literacy and numeracy skills is required. The qualification is much valued and sought after by employers and thus, its achievement offers a range of options for employment in various accounting roles.

You will need to satisfy the following minimum criteria:

AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting or equivalent, ideally at Merit or Distinction level.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Experience of using Microsoft Excel is desirable.

Other qualifications and/or relevant work experience would be considered for entry at this level provided you have completed the AAT Skillscheck (available on the AAT website) at level 3.

You must be able to dedicate time to home study- usually between 5-7 hours.

After your application is processed you will be required to attend an interview with a course tutor.

You will be assessed via Computer-Based Assessments (CBAs) set and marked by the AAT. There are 5 assessments:

Advanced Bookkeeping
Final Accounts Preparation
Management Accounts Costings
Synoptic application of the above
Indirect Tax

Results of assessments are usually available immediately afterwards except for the Synoptic which is provided 6 weeks afterwards.

The course fee of £2573 covers the cost if tuition and assessment but not the cost of any resit assessments, which are usually £50 per unit.

You will also have to purchase your own additional course books, which are around £20 per unit.

You will need to register as an AAT student. There is a one-off registration fee (Around £44) plus an annual subscription fee (Around £94).
The current rates can be found on the AAT website.
Please note: you cannot sit the AAT exams if you are not a member of the Association.

Oaklands has a team of staff for teaching and learning who are dedicated to help you reach your potential and who have relevant practical accounting work experience in the profession and commercial sectors.

What Next?

This Level 3 Diploma provides progression to the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting, which provides exemptions to those studying for the awards offered by the Chartered Accounting bodies (ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA, and CIPFA). The qualification is much valued by employers and thus its achievement provides opportunities for employment in accounting and finance roles.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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