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AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Q2022)

About this course: Our AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting course is an intermediate level qualification that follows on from where AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting ends. 

We expect students joining this course to have completed AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, or equivalent qualification (subject to AAT's free online Skillcheck:

Study Method: You can start this course immediately via Online Distance Learning (learn at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support from us). Apply online and enrol in six easy steps (click to see Enrolment page for details). See below for fees and other details.


Duration: 6-11 months (depends on how many hours you can dedicate to your studies every week); approximately 20 hrs/week (full-time) or 12 hrs/week (part-time)


Accreditation: This course is fully accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). AAT’s qualifications are recognised internationally by employers and other professional accounting bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, etc.


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How much does it cost?


Course Fees: £535.

0% Interest monthly payment plan available*:  First payment of £185 during enrolment, followed by 5 equal monthly payments of £70 each (by direct debit mandate only). 

*Subject to credit check verification and direct debit mandate. Available only to individual learners residing in the UK; not available when fees are funded by your employer/business.


Fees include:

  • Pre-recorded lectures and revision videos through our online classroom for all the units for 12 months to help you learn the accounting concepts and prepare for your exams.

  • Around 12 books (tutorial books, work books, exam kits plus online activities) from Osborne/Kaplan to help you apply the concepts you have learnt and prepare for your exams. Free delivery within Great Britain (additional delivery charges apply if you reside outside Great Britain).

  • Dedicated tutor support for 12 months via email/text/WhatsApp/phone/online meetings.


Fees DO NOT include:

  • AAT membership fees

  • AAT assessment fees for four exams

For details and a full cost breakdown please request our AAT Course Specifications booklet via email ( or WhatsApp (07460 105 190)


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What will you learn?

You will learn how to prepare financial statements (Income Statements and the Statements of Financial Position i.e. Balance Sheets) and carry out year-end adjustments like closing inventory, depreciation, accruals and prepayments.

You will also learn how to prepare accounts for partnership businesses. The management accounting unit will help you to record and analyse cost information and data including application of spreadsheet skills.

You will also learn the application of decision- making tools like Break-even analysis. The Tax Processes unit help you to understand VAT regulations and how to complete a VAT return.

This course is a logical extension for the skills and knowledge gained at AAT Level 2. The course is made up of four units (with four computer-based assessments):

1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
2 – Management Accounting Techniques
3 – Tax Processes for Businesses
4 – Business Awareness


1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
• Understand the accounting principles underlying final accounts preparation
• Understand the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
• Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
• Prepare and record depreciation calculations
• Record period end adjustments

• Produce and extend the trial balance

• Produce financial statements for sole traders and partnerships

• Interpret financial statements using profitability ratios

• Prepare accounting records from incomplete information

2 – Management Accounting Techniques
• Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within organisations
• Use techniques required for dealing with costs
• Attribute costs according to organisational requirements
• Investigate deviations from budgets
• Use spreadsheet techniques to provide management accounting information
• Use management accounting techniques to support short-term decision making

• Understand principles of cash management

3 – Tax Processes for Businesses
• Understand legislation requirements relating to VAT
• Calculate VAT
• Review and verify VAT returns
• Understand principles of payroll
• Report information within the organisation

4 – Business Awareness
• Understand business types, structures and governance, and the legal framework in which they operate
• Understand the impact of the external and internal environment on businesses, their performance and decisions
• Understand how businesses and accountants comply with principles of professional ethics
• Understand the impact of new technologies in accounting and the risks associated with data security

• Communicate information to stakeholders

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How will you be assessed?


You will be assessed through four computer based assessments which can be taken at any AAT assessment venue at any time.


There are various assessment venues and centres available for AAT computer-based exams all over the UK and internationally as well. Assessment fees are payable directly to the assessment venue.

There are four computer based assessments as under:

1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

2 – Management Accounting Techniques

3 – Tax Processes for Businesses

4 – Business Awareness

What are the study options?


You can study at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support through online distance learning, also known as “home study”, “self-study” or “correspondence” course. 

What resources do we provide?

We provide you with all the study material (online videos, printed books that contain activities and practice assessments plus online activities, etc.) you will need to prepare for your exams.

What are the entry requirements?

Although this is an open qualification and there are no formal qualifications required, we would ideally expect candidates to have completed AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting recently and need to provide their Statement of Achievement. 


You also need to have good literacy and numeracy skills.

If you wish to be considered on the basis of other accounting qualifications (for example A-levels), you must complete AAT’s Skillcheck ( to support your application. It’s free to use and only takes around 30 minutes to complete.

You also need to have good IT equipment (a desktop or a laptop) with high speed broadband connectivity.

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What is the progression path?

You can progress to the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting course. 

As for your career progression, you can look forward to being employed in middle level or supervisory roles such as accounts supervisor, accountant, accounts executive, management accountant etc. You can continue your further studies while working to achieve a good balance of work experience with academic studies.



The syllabus for this qualification has been based on the information published by the AAT. For detailed syllabus and guidance for this qualification please refer to the information available on AAT's website:


We have tried to summarise the information available but cannot be held responsible for any omissions or inconsistencies.


Updated: April 2023

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