Advanced Diploma in Accounting

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting




AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is a perfect start to a successful, rewarding career in accounting and finance.

AAT is an established and respected professional body, with over 125,000 members worldwide. AAT qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and will equip you with the key financial skills modern businesses are currently looking for.

Taking an internationally recognised AAT distance learning course could help you earn up to 67% more than those without the qualification. All of our qualifications are mapped to the AQ2016 specification ensuring you are fully up to speed with all the key and current accounting principles.

Coupled with The Skills Network’s award-winning online learning resources and outstanding learner support, your career in accounting starts here!

With our outstanding success rates of over 92%, you can be confident we will guide you through to success.

This internationally recognised qualification will enhance your skills and prepare you for the next step in your career. By completing this course you’ll master complex financial processes, including making period end accounting adjustments, preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, identifying the costs and revenues of products and services, preparing VAT returns and spreadsheet skills for accounting all underpinned by the fundamental principles of ethics.

You will gain practical, real-world accounting and finance skills with the freedom to study flexibly, from anywhere.

Payment Options

The below table summarises the payment options available for this course, just pick which option suits you best.

Payment Method Deposit Instalments Total Price
Pay in full £1500 N/A £1500 Enrol
Pay using a flexible payment plan £150 13 x £103.85 £1500 Enrol
Pay with Advanced Learning Loans No payment until salary reaches £25,000 £1987 Loan Application
Qualification gained: AAT Level 3 Diploma
Place of study: Learn from home
Type of course: Online distance learning course with exams
When can I start: This course is available to start immediately
Course Duration: 6 – 12 months.

Our fully online distance learning course provides an engaging online learning experience. You will receive access to innovative, motivating online learning content including a mix of interactive activities, online practice questions and exam guidance with instant feedback, to help you succeed.

  • A specific, assessment focused delivery plan for each unit to guide you through the content and activities on a week by week basis
  • Award-winning online learning resources from The Skills Network, keeping you engaged and motivated at all times
  • First class dedicated tutor support that can be arranged seven days a week
  • A personal learning mentor who will guide and support you through your course, from enrolment through to achieving your qualification
  • Exam fees and a full exam booking service in your chosen centre
  • Over 300 practice questions and revision activities throughout your course, to cement your knowledge and help you succeed in your assessments
  • Mock assessments which are marked by a tutor with feedback given to ensure you are ready to sit your exam
  • Specific additional content to prepare you for the end of level synoptic assessment with the relevant recap and new activities and questions for effective revision of this case study style assessment.
  • AAT annual membership and registration
  • Access to 'MyAAT' giving you a wealth of benefits including:
    • NUS Card – The definitive student discount card, giving you a range of exclusive discounts from beauty to eating out, fashion and travel, and much more - UK Only
    • Interactive career guidance, with tips direct from employers and an online CV builder
    • Networking opportunities at 30 AAT events each year, across 46 UK branches
    • Access to the AAT social community across social networks and forums, making you the first to hear of accounting and finance news, events, and job opportunities.

* Please note that AAT membership will be for one year only.

Unlike some qualifications, there are no entry requirements for AAT, and you do not need to be working in an accounting role. This means that AAT is an ideal starting point for school and college leavers, or anyone considering a career change.

However, to enrol on to the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) AAT qualification, you must be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, so it is our recommendation that you begin with the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping or Accounting (Level 2) before progressing onto this level.

Depending on your previous qualifications or experience, you may be suitable to start at the Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Complete our diagnostic questionnaire to identify whether this applies.

* Please note: if you have faced bankruptcy or have a criminal conviction your application may not be accepted.

All AAT assessments are computer based, you have full flexibility to progress through your qualification at your own pace, with our dedicated support to help you every step of the way.

Assessments can be taken at centres local to you and our dedicated bookings team will make all of the arrangements, taking away any hassle and leaving you to focus on their studies.

There are four computer-based examinations, where you will obtain your result immediately, and an end of level case study style synoptic assessment to complete. Please see diagram below for further information:

synoptic assessment diagram

One sitting of each assessment is included in the course fee. Re-sits will be charged separately. There are resit restrictions for learners aged 16-19 living in the UK (excluding Scotland), contact us for further details.

The course is split into six manageable units with an additional revision unit for the synoptic assessment:

Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping

This unit will allow you to apply 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 and produce and extend the trial balance.

On completion of this unit, you will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of your choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment.

Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation

This unit will allow you to distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation, the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation as well as preparing accounting records from incomplete information, producing accounts for sole traders and partnerships and the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader.

On completion of this unit, you will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of your choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment.

Unit 3: Management Accounting: Costing

This unit will provide you with an understanding of the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation, apply techniques required for dealing with costs, apportion costs according to organisational requirements, analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management and apply management accounting techniques to support decision making.

On completion of this unit, you will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of your choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment.

Unit 4: Indirect Tax

This unit will provide you with an understanding of applying VAT legislation requirements, accurately completing VAT returns and submitting them in a timely manner, the implications for the business of errors, omissions, late filing and payment as well as reporting VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisation requirements.

On completion of this unit, you will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of your choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment.

Unit 5: Ethics for Accountants

This unit will provide you with an understanding of the need to act ethically, the relevance to the accountant's work of the ethical code for professional accountants, how to act ethically in an accounting role and identify actions to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts.

Topics within this unit will be tested in the synoptic assessment.

Unit 6: Spreadsheets for Accounting

This unit will allow you to design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs, use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data, use relevant tools to manipulate and analyse data, use software tools to verify accuracy and protect data and use tools and techniques to prepare and report accounting information.

Topics within this unit will be tested in the synoptic assessment.

Additional synoptic assessment preparation

You will also be given an additional bonus revision unit to prepare you for the synoptic assessment. This additional unit includes revision sections for the key topics presented throughout all six units. This unit is built to give you an indication as to which areas need to be further revised and will help to identify your strengths and weaknesses.

The synoptic exam is a case study style exam, where you will work through scenarios before answering the questions. They can cover any topic from any of the units in the Advanced Diploma in Accounting course.

Does this qualification expire?

No. Once you complete a course, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which lasts forever and will be beneficial to you throughout your entire working career.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

There are no strict deadlines for you to meet within your course, but we will suggest targets for you to aim towards to encourage you with your studying in order for you to complete the course within six to 12 months. You will be reminded of this throughout your course by your assessor and learner support advisor and should try to meet these targets when submitting your assessments and working towards different outcomes. Your assessor will provide guidance and support throughout your course though email and telephone communication.

What level is the course and what does it mean?

This is a level 3 course, which is of a similar standard to A level courses. If you successfully complete your course, you can progress on to the next level of study in your chosen subject area if you wish and can use your new level 3 qualification on your CV and as a selling point when you are looking for a job. CACHE qualifications are nationally recognised and certificates are awarded to learners from NCFE once you have successfully completed your course.

How long will it take me to complete a course?

Everyone is different and all learners will progress at different speeds. There are no strict deadlines for you to meet when you are studying with us, though we will suggest targets for you to try to meet in order for you to stay on track with your learning. On average, a learner completes this course with us within six to twelve months.

What will I gain from completing a course?

After completing a course with us, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification. This could not only increase your general knowledge, but also increase your chance of securing a job, allow you to develop your career and improve your chance of progressing in the workplace to reach your goals. Alongside this, the course materials will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence surrounding your chosen subject area. The activities and assessments are also designed to help develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

Your assessor will work with you to ensure you have full support in order to complete and achieve all required outcomes to gain the qualification, which will ensure that you will gain the qualification if you are committed to it.

How long will my certificate take to arrive?

Your certificate will take between six to eight weeks to arrive. Once you complete the course and submit your final piece of work, your assessments will be marked and your work will go through an external moderation process. Once this process is complete, we send your certificate to you as soon as possible.

Where do I compete the course and do I have to go to a local college?

You do not have to attend a local college at any point. However, for this course you must be working in a teaching or educational setting. Our learning resources are designed to allow you to study where you like, when you like.

Can this qualification assist my career progression?

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