AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting , Sep start , One Evening Per Week, Blended Learning, 36 Weeks


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

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.

Study the Level 3 Diploma to learn higher accounting techniques and disciplines, and qualify for AAT bookkeeping membership (AATQB).

Please note: Classroom attendance is weekly.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This qualification covers a range of essential and higher-level accounting techniques and disciplines. Students will learn and develop skills needed for a range of financial processes, including maintaining cost accounting records, advanced bookkeeping and the preparation of financial reports and returns.
This qualification comprises four mandatory units (400 guided learning hours in total):

Business Awareness
Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
Management Accounting Techniques
Tax Processes for Businesses

The learners will benefit by achieving the following learning outcomes:

1. Understand business types, structures and governance, and the legal framework in which they operate
2. Understand the impact of the external and internal environment on businesses, their performance and decisions
3. Understand how businesses and accountants comply with principles of professional ethics
4. Understand the impact of new technologies in accounting and the risks associated with data security
5. Communicate information to stakeholders
6. Understand the accounting principles underlying final accounts preparation
7. Understand the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
8. Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
9. Prepare and record depreciation calculations
10. Record period end adjustments
11. Produce and extend the trial balance
12. Produce financial statements for sole traders and partnerships
13. Interpret financial statements using profitability ratios
14. Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
15. Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within organisations
16. Use techniques required for dealing with costs
17. Attribute costs according to organisational requirements
18. Investigate deviations from budgets
19. Use spreadsheet techniques to provide management accounting information
20. Use management accounting techniques to support short-term decision making
21. Understand principles of cash management
22. Understand legislation requirements relating to VAT
23. Calculate VAT
24. Review and verify VAT returns
25. Understand principles of payroll
26. Report information within the organisation

Am I right for the course?

Study Method: Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model. 

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 5-6 hours studying independently online each week. 

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with flexible, modern knowledge and skills for the following job roles:

Accounts assistant
Accounts payable clerk
Audit trainee
Credit controller
Payroll administrator/supervisor
Practice bookkeeper
Finance assistant
Tax assistant
Accounts payable and expenses supervisor

It is required that you have minimum of Maths Level 2 and English Level 2. You also need to prove that you have passed AAT Accounting qualification at level 2 or equivalent. You can test your knowledge at https://www.aat.org.uk/qualifications-and-courses/skillcheck

When you’re studying for an AAT qualification your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer-based assessments (CBAs). These are administered by AAT Approved training providers or assessment centres and run entirely on PCs or laptops.

Most units are wholly computer marked so results will be available automatically, for the human-marked elements you will receive the results after six weeks.

Oaklands College is an approved training provider.

Blended Learning in partnership with Mindful Education. Pre-recorded lessons with a weekly face-to-face session at St Albans Campus.

This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

The course start date is 06.09.23

College classes will be held every week.

Oakland College will deliver this course in partnership with Mindful Education. Mindful Education will provide pre-recorded videos for lessons followed by a weekly face-to-face session at the St Albans campus. Face-to-face sessions are run by fully qualified staff members.

What Next?

You may be able to progress to the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting depending on your overall relevant skills, results and satisfactory attendance.

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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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