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AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Distance)


In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

Accredited Achievement: AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Support: Here when you need us via phone, e-mail and in person. You will be set progression targets to suit you.

Location: Study from home / work / holiday

Expected Course Length: 6-12 months (expected 5-10 hours a week study)

Course Details

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance.

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance.

This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved either the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting or the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business.

It is also suitable for those who are at a more intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.

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The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting can be expected to be completed within 6-12 months.  Students must successfully complete four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve
this qualification.

Unit Assessments:

Learners can choose which group of units they would like to study first:

Group 1:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation

Group 2:

  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax*

*not included in synoptic assessment

Synoptic Assessment:

One end of programme assessment encompassing 3 of 4 previously passed mandatory units and additional content from the below unit:

  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

Unit overview and content

All learners enrolling on the AAT Level 3 Certificate in Accountancy receive:

  • Tutor support via phone and email
  • 6 x Study text including knowledge checking activities throughout
  • 6 x Revision kits containing a wide range of further assessment preparation tasks

Please note the course fee does not include:

Option 1: Pay in full by calling CMS on 01924 470 477 or by booking online.

Option 2: Pay a £150 deposit by calling CMS or booking online. The remaining balance can be paid interest free via Direct Debit over 3, 6 or 9 months.

Potential Salary:

Your typical salary range will be £18,795*.

*AAT’s 2017 Salary Survey. Represents the mean of all respondents.

Potential jobs after completing this qualification:

This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to higher education.

More than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees.

The accounts assistant works directly for an accountant, accounting manager or finance manager, or a small team of management. They help to maintain the office and keep it running smoothly, and their typical responsibilities include:

  • balancing accounts
  • processing receipts, sales invoices and payments
  • maintaining financial records that accurately record the incoming and outgoing finances of the business
  • completing VAT return forms
  • working with spreadsheets, sales and purchase ledgers and journals
  • ensuring that accounts are accurately monitored and recorded
  • dealing with a company’s payroll by processing wages and employee expense claims
  • preparing profit and loss accounts sheets
  • preparing balance sheets
  • client engagement, such as sending out starter packs to clients and/or answering enquiries
  • processing the company’s own accounts (in an accountancy firm)


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