This course is validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: ACC101
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Study mode: Full Time

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The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is essential for anyone wishing to become a fully qualified bookkeeper. It may also support career progression for those already in employment by formally recognising their skills in manual bookkeeping. Manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles. The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping offers progression for those who already have bookkeeping knowledge at Foundation level, either to gain employment in a bookkeeping role or to further study. This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and may help students already working in a bookkeeping role to progress by offering them formal recognition of their skills.

What will I study?

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced
bookkeeping skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy.
Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out advanced bookkeeping transactions and
tasks in three mandatory units (210 guided learning hours).

The qualification is composed of three mandatory units, assessed in three end-of-unit assessments:
• Advanced Bookkeeping
• Final Accounts Preparation
• Indirect Tax.

A student completing this qualification will understand advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, preparation of financial statements for sole traders and partnerships, and issues around indirect tax (VAT in the UK) in business. All of this will be learned in the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.

This qualification will take around six months to complete.

Entry Requirements

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of this qualification.

However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good
standard of English and maths. Accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be
able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience.

How will I be assessed?

When studying an AAT qualification, your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer based assessments. These are administered by AAT training providers or assessment centres and run entirely on PCs or laptops. 

What can I do next?

You can achieve AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB) through this course. When you successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3) you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment
with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.
The skills developed in the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:
• a professional bookkeeper
• a senior bookkeeper
• an accounts manager
• a ledger manager.

Students completing the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the
full AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. If students wish to continue studying and choose to complete
one of the full AAT Accounting Qualifications, their Short Qualification achievement/s may be transferred to
the larger qualifications.

AAT membership costs approximately £45.

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