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Bookkeeping - Level 3


This qualification will develop complex skills and knowledge necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy roles or study. Students completing this qualification will become competent in financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. They will also be introduced to business issues regarding payroll and value added tax (VAT), including an understanding of the documents and reports produced on payroll software, timescales for submissions and payments.

This qualification covers two mandatory units:

  • Financial accounting: preparing financial statements
  • Tax processes for business

If you successfully complete this qualification you can apply to become an AAT bookkeeping member (AATQB).

This qualification offers progression for students who already have bookkeeping knowledge, either to gain employment in a bookkeeping role or to progress to further study. This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and may help students already working in a bookkeeping role to progress by offering them formal recognition of their skills.

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
27 Jan 2025
University Centre
21 Weeks
27 Jan 2025
University Centre
21 Weeks

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 level 3 certificate in bookkeeping may lead to employment as:

  • Professional Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Ledger Manager

Completion of the L3 certificate in bookkeeping means you can progress onto the level 3 diploma in accounting qualification.

Key information

Entry Requirements

This course is open to all those aged 19 and over. No previous experience is needed.

Qualification obtained

Certificate in Bookkeeping

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 (the updated book list will be given at enrolment).

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.