This course is validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT - Level 3 - Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC213
  • Duration: 38 weeks x 4.8 hours
  • Validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Price: £1800.00

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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.

The AAT Accounting Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career. Recognised by leading employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you're starting out, already working in finance, or looking to gain the skills to change career. Through the three qualifications, you'll learn practical skills to prime you for the workplace, from basic finance administration skills, preparing final accounts, through to complex management accounting tasks. Upon completion you can go on to professional membership and use the designatory letters MAAT after your name. Benefits of this qualification

  • A globally recognised qualification, valued by leading employers
  • Progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers
  • Boost your earning potential by progressing through each level, and becoming a MAAT
  • Fast track to chartered studies with exemptions from other professional accounting bodies
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.


This course is also eligible for advanced learner loan funding - the loan fee is £2,573 - contact us for more information


Government Lifetime Skills Fund:  The Diploma element of this course is eligible for funding.  From April 2021, any adult aged 19 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 full A levels, will be able to access this course fully funded by the Government, subject to meeting the criteria:

  • You have not completed a level 3 course previously in any subject
  • You are over the age of 19
  • You are not already studying this course

Please contact us before completing any documentation, including your full name, date of birth, age, student number or ULN (if you know it) and post code so we can assess your eligibility for the funding.

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.

What's included in the course fee? College Registration, Tuition, Tutorials and Computer Based Assessments (first attempts). Please note that there is a charge for re-sit assessments of £50.00. Assessments can only be re-sat twice, after which students will not be permitted to re-sit, in order to re-sit the assessment, students must pay to re-take the module (details of module fees are available by contacting the College)

What's not included in the course fee? Workbooks, Pocket Notes and Computer Revision Kit as appropriate. We would recommend all students attending on AAT courses at Blackburn College purchase a full set of Workbooks as a minimum. The estimated cost for these learning resources are up to:

  • Level 2: £100
  • level 3: £125
  • Level 4: £150
  • Level 2 Book Keeping: £40

The course fees above also exclude AAT Registrations Fees and the AAT Annual Student Membership Fee, which students organise directly with the AAT. Continuing AAT students pay the Annual Student Membership fee only.

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.

What can I do next?

AAT Qualifications

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email