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L3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 | Diploma in Accounting

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Study this exciting Level 3 Diploma to learn higher accounting techniques and disciplines.

Have you successfully completed your Level 2 Certificate, or have previous accounting qualifications and a good understanding of basic accounting? If so, this could be the right course for you.

In this course, you will master new and complex accounting disciplines. The principles taught on the course enables learners to gain confidence and instil lifelong learning practices beyond the classroom. This course is great for those who are looking to pursue a career in accountancy, to take their prior knowledge to the next level.

This course is eligible for the Free Courses For Jobs government scheme which is designed to offer a selection of level 3 qualifications to learners for free to eligible learners.

How will I learn?

The course is class based for one day (6 hours) per week plus around 3 hours self-study, for 37 weeks. There will be a mixture of teacher demonstration, group work and plenty of practical exercises, supported by your tutor. There is no coursework - instead you will have 5 electronic exams of around 2 hours each, spread across the year.

This is a broad ranging practical course, showing you how to prepare the accounts and VAT returns for a sole trader or partnership You will also learn how to create the management accounts to improve the performance of a business. Finally, we will teach you the ethics required to be an accountant and how to use Excel to create accounts and reports as you would do in a real-life situation.

The syllabus consists of the following:

  • Final Accounts: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Process for Business
  • Business Awareness

Previous work

Entry Requirements

We recommend that you need level 2 in Maths & English (A to C Grade GCSE or equivalent and a good standard of general education. This is advisory and please do contact us to discuss your personal situation.

You would normally need to have successfully achieved the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting or Bookkeeping qualification prior to enrolling onto this course. The course is
also open to you if you can demonstrate that you have industry experience.

A successful interview and assessment will be required prior to enrolling. Level 2 applicants do not require any previous accounting experience prior to enrolling; however, any accounting/business experience will be beneficial.

You will also need to register with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) at a cost of £225. All exam fees (single attempt) are included in the cost of your course. Textbooks are
additional and are ordered from Osborne Books with a 35% discount – cost £128.

Details on all of the above will be discussed during the first day of your course or simply get in touch for more information.

Progression routes

  • 1
    L4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
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  • 2
    L4 CIPS Diploma in Procurement and Supply
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  • 3
    L3 CMI Certificate in Principles of Management and Leadership
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Additional Information

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for accounting  and finance staff, with over 130,000 members in more than 100 countries worldwide. AAT qualifications provide Accounting Technician status. Accounting  Technicians work at all levels of finance, from accounts clerks to finance directors playing an integral role in almost every business

Please be aware this course does have a fee that is payable at the point you are accepted onto this course, if you require financial support including payment plans, bursaries and advanced learner loans please visit the Money Management Service section of the website.

For more information on fees please view our Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy and our Applications, Admissions and Enrolment Policy and Procedures.

This course is eligible for the Free Courses For Jobs government scheme which is designed to offer a selection of level 3 qualifications to learners for free. To be eligible for this you must meet one or more points within the below criteria.

  • Are 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification
  • Already have a level 3 qualification or higher but earn below the National Living Wage (£18,525)
  • Already have a level 3 qualification or higher but are unemployed

In some areas, there may be slightly different low wage threshold. Please get in touch to find out more information, alteratively your eligibility will be determined within 5 days of your enrolment request.

For more information about this course please email [email protected].

This course offers simpler and safer online enrolment requests, which means in a matter of minutes you can submit an enrolment request to us. However please be aware that upon submitting your enrolment form you are not guaranteed to be accepted. A number of our courses require assessments, qualification checks or simply a conversation with you before we can confirm your enrolment.

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Course information last updated: Friday 31st March 2023 @ 8.02am (1 day ago)

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson

From Bristol
The course has allowed me to gain a better focus of what it is I want to do with my career, whilst I've worked in various finance roles over the year, I was never really sure of what it is I wanted to do. Taking this course has shown me what aspects of finance I enjoy and what aspects I don't, I'm looking at you tax!
Tom Coltart

Tom Coltart

From Bristol
I have really enjoyed my time at SGS college so far. I like the layout of the college itself, and think the teachers in the AAT Department have been very helpful and always assisted my queries. My Teacher Richard Green is really good at explaining each area of the modules covered so far which has massively helped me.


From Bristol
I would just like to say that out of all the colleges I've contacted I was blown away with the fantastic service your college gave right from my first email, open evening, information and follow up. It was fantastic to see the great service and communication. I just had to let you know that I am impressed with my experience and have told a lot of people of the great service and information that I was given.

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The course fee can usually be broken down to three components which are Materials (resources required to study the course, for example stationery, books and other equipment), Tuition (teaching, classroom etc) and Exams. Depending on age, financial circumstances and a number of other factors you could be asked to pay the full fee or just elements of it. Usually Learners under 19s studying Full-Time courses have just Material fee costs to pay, over 19s on Full-Time or Part-Time courses usually have materials, exams and tuition fees to pay. Find out more about Understanding Fees

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