Skip to main content

Accounting - Level 3 (AAT)


This AAT qualification is a competence-based qualification that gives you the relevant and practical skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs.  In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification is currently equivalent to 160 UCAS points and may support your application to university.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
02 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year
02 Sep 2024
University Centre
1 Year

Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities.

With AAT (an internationally recognised qualification) on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries and sectors.

The Diploma in Accounting may lead to employment as: Accounts administrator, Accounts assistant, Accounts payable clerk, Purchase/sales ledger clerk, Payroll administrator, Trainee accounting technician, Trainee finance/tax assistant.

Key information

Entry Requirements

It is expected that you will already hold the AAT Level 2 Certificate. However, some may be eligible to begin at AAT Level 3 depending upon accounting qualifications already held and/or work experience.

To support your application, you are required to complete a diagnostic assessment in addition to having English and Maths GCSE’s or functional skills. This course is ideal for a wide range of applicants including those already employed in an accounting or finance environment, unemployed or those seeking a career change and want to move into accountancy.

Qualification obtained

Diploma in Accounting

Extra costs and equipment

Student membership of the professional body is a requirement within 6 weeks of the course commencement

Recommended textbooks are required for this programme. 

Tuition Fees

Some adult students may not have to pay course fees whilst others will be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover their costs. To find out about this and what other support may be available to you, please read our 19+ tuition fees guide.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: AAT

Awarding Body: AAT

Regulatory Body: Ofsted

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers


How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through time-constrained competence-based assessments and external online examinations throughout the programme.   Apprentices are required to complete an EPA (end point assessment, a portfolio and professional discussion)