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AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Q2022)


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

We expect students joining this course to have completed AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping/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: 3-6 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: £300.

0% Interest monthly payment plan available*:  3 equal monthly payments of £100 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 both the units for 6 months to help you learn the bookkeeping concepts and prepare for your exams.

  • Around six 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 6 months via email/text/WhatsApp/phone/online meetings.


Fees DO NOT include:

  • AAT membership fees

  • AAT assessment fees for two 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 including accounting for any changes in the partnerships. The costs and revenue unit will help you to record and analyse cost information and data.

The Tax Processes for Business 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 Certificate in Bookkeeping or Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. The course is made up of three units (all computer-based assessments):

1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
2 – Tax Processes for Businesses


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 – 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

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How will you be assessed?


You will be assessed through two 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 two computer based assessments as under:


1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

2 – Tax Processes for Businesses

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 either the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping or AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualifications recently (ideally with us). If transferring from another training provider, you will need to provide your Statement of Achievement (for Level 2 Accounting) or detailed exam feedback for both the subjects (for Level 2 Bookkeeping).

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 PC/laptop) with high speed broadband connectivity to watch the online videos and access the online sample assessments.

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What is the progression path?

This course is designed to lead to AAT Qualified Bookkeeper (AAT QB) status.

AAT bookkeeping membership offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your bookkeeping skills and expertise to employers, colleagues and clients. You’ll gain professional recognition using the designatory letters AATQB after your name and can even apply to become self-employed and offer bookkeeping services.


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 2024

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