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AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) – Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

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The AAT is the world’s leading professional membership body for accounting technicians, with over 100,000 members worldwide. The AAT is the UK’s largest awarding body of skills-based qualifications in accounting.  Students typically would join the L3 Accounting Course from the L2 Certificate in Accounting or as a direct entrant.  Direct entrants normally have completed the A Level qualification in Accounting or can demonstrate relevant work experience. It is essential that students have a sound grasp of double entry bookkeeping on commencement of the course.

This is a practical course studying core accounting documentation, including the initial trial balance, through to the presentation of a set of final accounts for sole-traders and partnerships. From the cost accounting view of businesses, you will study how costs and revenues are analysed and used for management decisions. The behaviour of costs will be studied for both short-term and long-term planning decisions. You will learn to prepare VAT accounts and returns for the Government and also management reports to include ratios and other performance indicators. This Level 3 course also explores the increasing use of spreadsheets in accounting and professional and business ethics.

What Will I Study?

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting comprises six learning areas

  • ACPR – Accounts preparation
  • FTSP -  prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
  • CSTR -  Costs and revenues
  • ITAX – Indirect tax
  • SDST – Spreadsheet software
  • PETH – Professional ethics

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.

Entry Requirements

AAT Foundation Stage qualification (AAT L2 Certificate in Accounting) or A- level Accounting are the most appropriate qualifications to commence this course. Students with a sound practical experience of accounting are also encouraged to apply.

The AAT website includes a skills check to guide students and is found at: Prospective students should review this diagnostic test when applying to join the course. (You will need to register your name and details before completing the check. The skills check comprises 30 questions to help you to decide whether you should study at Level 2 or Level 3.)

If you have been declared bankrupt or have had an IVA at any time this may affect your eligibility for AAT membership, please contact the AAT for further clarification.

How will I be assessed

The Level 3 in accounting is assessed primarily by Computer Based Assessments and the results are available straight after the test.  For certain modules the AAT allows workplace evidence when appropriate. These modules are marked manually and you’ll normally have the results within six weeks.


AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.

Qualification Achieved

Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Other Information

How much does it cost?

Full Payment Option: The course fee is £999.00 (excluding registration and text book fees). (Prices/funding are subject to change).

The college operates a no refunds policy as detailed below. Cancellations and transfer requests are subject to the following conditions:

  • More than 4 weeks notice – no charge
  • 4 weeks notice – 30% of the cost
  • 2-3 weeks notice – 50% of the cost
  • 1-2 weeks notice – 75% of the cost
  • Less than 1 weeks notice – 100% of the cost

All cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a £10 administration charge. The full fee’s policy is available on request.

Apprenticeships: Some students may be eligible to undertake the AAT qualification through the funded apprenticeship route. There are no specific entry requirements, however if you need to develop your literacy and numeracy skills, as part of the qualification you can obtain Key Skills in Application of Number (Maths) and Communication & literacy skills (English). You should also be in permanent employment, working at least 16 hrs+ and have a qualification no higher than a Level 4 (HNC/HND/Degree) and in a job role relevant to the qualification. If you have grade A-C in Maths and English then you may be exempt for some elements of Key Skills.

Course dates

The duration of the course is one year and is due to be delivered in our University Centre Building in the centre of Blackburn.  The next available dates are as follows:

  • Tuesdays 17th September – 16th July 2014, 12.30pm – 7.30pm.
  • Mondays & Tuesdays 16th September – 15th July 2014, Mondays: 5pm – 7pm & Tuesdays: 5pm – 9pm

(Both days must be attended throughout the year).

We are still recruiting for these courses, contact us to book.

Last date for bookings, 25th October 2014.