16-18: Vocational

Accounting AAT (Level 3 Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting at Merit grade and GSCE grade 4s in English and Mathematics are required


This is a practical one-year study programme designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to obtain employment to work in accounts and finance.

The modules you can expect to study are:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping: This examines the adjustments that might need to be made to an initial trial balance before the final accounts can be produced
  • Final Accounts Preparation: This covers sole traders, partnerships and the preparation of financial statements from incomplete records
  • Management and Costing: This examines the measurement and control of material, labour and overhead costs, different approaches to costing and short/long-term decision-making
  • Indirect Tax: This covers the rules and regulation surrounding VAT and includes the completion of VAT Returns
  • Advanced Diploma Synoptic: This module covers the use of Excel Spreadsheets, Professional Ethics and revisits the bookkeeping and costing units

Students will also develop employability skills such as problem-solving, self-reliance and teamwork.   

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting involves students taking five modules. Students will extend the skills and knowledge of financial accounting, costing and ethics that they acquired at Level 2 and will also learn about VAT and how to use spreadsheets. Each module will involve students taking an online examination – one will take place every few weeks. Once all five modules are passed, a weighted average of the scores achieved will be used to arrive at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

  • Assessment Criteria

    100% Exams (Pass, Merit and Distinction grades awarded)

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What Can This Course Lead To

Students who perform well at Level 3 (usually achieving at least a Merit grade) can progress onto the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting or take advantage of exemptions offered by the main awarding bodies, for example ICAEW or CIMA. Many students obtain employment or apprenticeships in accounts or finance (usually local firms or larger companies in London) and continue their AAT studies on day-release or evening programmes.

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