Level 3

AAT Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus


This course is aimed at those who have completed Level 2 or those already working at an intermediate level, extending your understanding of accounting and report writing.

This is the second level of the AAT Accounting Qualification. It introduces you to more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns.  This course is perfect if you’ve completed Level 2, or you’re already at a more intermediate level and looking to develop existing accounting skills.

Entry Requirements

  • Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Study Programme

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will be required to complete an English and/or Maths qualification via the Century platform. Students will engage with at least 3 hours a week study via the online platform.

The Century platform is an online software system that uses artificial intelligence to create a personalised, adaptive and differentiated set of learning.  Students will work on a set of skills that are unique to them, the system will produce results and feedback tailored to meet individual learning needs alongside tasks that are mapped against the GCSE curriculum and encourage stronger learning outcomes.

Course Structure

  • Financial accounting principles
  • Capital transactions
  • Cost accounting
  • Reports and returns
  • VAT, indirect tax
  • Information technology - spreadsheet software
  • Final accounts preparation
  • Advanced book-keeping
  • Cost and revenues
  • Professional ethics

Assessment & Feedback

  • Four external computer-based assessments set by the AAT, completed online and marked online immediately, with results accessible from your MyAAT account within 30 minutes
  • One external synoptic assessment (covering all aspects of the course in one assessment) set by the AAT and marked externally by qualified assessors with results available after five weeks

Course Cost

School Leavers, Full time: FREE

16-18 (School leaver) course costs are as follows from January 2021:

AAT Membership is included within the study programme

Osborne Books *all prices are approximate

  • Level 2 £110
  • Level 3 £120
  • Level 4 £120

All first exams are included in the course cost but resits must be paid for - £60 per exam*

*only get 3 attempts (first sitting and then 2 resits) but if the learner fails on 3rd sitting they cannot sit the unit assessment until 24 months after 1st September in the year they start.

What Next...

Successful candidates can progress to the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4 subject to interview.