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Accounting (AAT) Level 3 Diploma

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Start date: 11/01/2023, 9 am to 4 pm

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to study accountancy and finance alongside a range of complementary business and personal skills.

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and develop skills needed for financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements.

Entry Requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements although we do recommend that you have completed Accounting (AAT) Level 2 Foundation Certificate or Bookkeeping Level 2 Certificate.

Having a good standard of maths and English will also be key to success on this course. Accountants are the heart of the business, so having great communication skills will also be important for communicating information clearly to different stakeholders.

Course Activities

Learners will spend one day a week in College, usually on a Wednesday from 9am-4pm, with flexibility available if required. Home study will also be required, and although learners will have varying needs and abilities, we would recommend an additional 2-4 hours of independent learning a week.

On this course, all units will be assessed individually, these are:

  • Business Awareness

  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

  • Tax Processes for Businesses

  • Management Accounting Techniques

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You can find more information on these units, in the course specification.

Industry Links

You might also want to consider taking this course as an Apprenticeship. The course content would remain the same, with the same attendance requirements, but you would also be supported in the workplace by both your employer and an assessor from College.

Please see our Accountancy Apprenticeship Level 3 for more information.

Progression Opportunities

On completion of this qualification you could progress onto an Accountancy-related role, such as:

  • Accounts Administrator

  • Accounts Assistant

  • Credit Controller

  • Payroll Supervisor

  • Audit Trainee

  • Finance Assistant / Finance Officer

  • Senior Bookkeeper

  • Tax Assistant

  • Payroll Supervisor

  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk

  • Trainee Accounting Technician

  • Trainee Finance Assistant.

Additionally, you may also like to progress on to the Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4.

Course Fees

This course costs £2573.00, including exam fees.

You may be eligible for free study if you are 23 or under and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 course. Alternatively, if you are unemployed, receiving an eligible benefit, and taking the course to help you find employment.

You may also be entitled to additional financial support including course materials, uniforms, and childcare expenses depending upon your individual circumstances. Read more about Financial Support for adults.


If you would like to enquire about or enrol onto this course, please click 'Enquire’ or ‘Enrol’ at the top of the page, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: B33847-A2B