Are you thinking of achieving the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3?

This AAT level 3 qualification is perfect if you work in accounting or finance job roles and enhance your knowledge and skills. It will make you eligible to progress toward AAT Level 4 to gain the full AAT qualification or full higher level Apprenticeship. Through this level 4 diploma in accounting, you can obtain exemptions of some higher-level qualifications. You will become capable of performing tasks and duties at an advanced level in management accounting and financial management. It will include financial roles like preparing final accounts for partnership or sole trader and preparing VAT returns. For management accounting, your part will consist of the preparation of management accounts. Your management accounting expertise will help in business decisions.

KBM will offer you a unique method of gaining accounting competence. You will study through theoretical and practical learning methods. We will provide you with an opportunity of accounting work experience at an accountancy workplace. Furthermore, we will fully assist you in exams and assessment preparations. Our industry experts and qualified accountants will help you through massive practical training. Hence you have an opportunity to apply your knowledge to practical work simultaneously. At completion, you will become capable of performing high-level accounting and finance job roles across the UK and worldwide.


The AAT level 3 diploma in accounting is your potential stepping stone. It will help you for employment, further education or training. The qualification will give you the flexibility of studying part-time alongside a job. The diploma is also perfect for you if you are looking to gain the skills to move into a career in accounting and finance. It provides the right pathway to your successful career in finance and accounting. At completion, you can progress to Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting. You can study as per your schedules and flexibility. You can learn part-time, full-time, from home or online without any borders. 

You will cover a broader range of complex accounting tasks. It includes maintaining cost accounting records, preparation of reports and returns. This AAT level 3 accounting qualification comprises the following six mandatory units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping (Unit 1)
  • Final Accounts Preparation (Unit 2)
  • Management Accounting: Costing (Unit 3)
  • Indirect Tax (Unit 4)
  • Ethics for Accountants (Unit 5)
  • Spreadsheet for Accounting (Unit 6)

Completing this qualification will ensure that you are fully prepared to progress into a career in accounting, business, and finance. The AAT level 3 qualification will give you a perfect pathway for further education also. You will gain command over financial processes, including advanced bookkeeping, accounting concepts, principles, and final accounts. It will make you competent to understand business issues for value-added tax (VAT), business issues, and ethical practices for accountants and management accounting costing techniques. You will gain digital accounting and software skills through massive practical training on software like Sage, QuickBooks, SAP, SAPA, SAGE Compliance, Excel, Xero and Sage One. 

What includes this course?

This level 3 AAT qualification will develop your knowledge and skills towards an advanced level. It will introduce complex concepts, and procedures, and theories. The course includes preparing accounts and creating financial statements; it has the following six units:

  1. Advanced Bookkeeping: You will use a sub-divided accounting to create trial balances and conduct reconciling. Alongside you will develop a valuation of inventory, preparation of accounts for irrecoverable debts. You will also understand how to dispose of non-current assets.
  2. Final Accounts Preparation: Here, you will learn to prepare accounts for a broad range of different businesses. This unit will help you make accurate accounting records of partnership. You will become confident in preparing final accounts even if the documents are not complete.
  3. Indirect Tax: You will gain knowledge of VAT legislation surrounding costs. It will help you learn the correct processes of preparing a VAT return.
  4. Management Accounting: You will demonstrate how to develop budget accounts for business costs like expenses, material, and labour. It will help you with the financial forecasting of a company considering the break-even and limiting factors.
  5. Ethics for Accountants: It will give you the knowledge of how to apply ethical guidelines and principles to accounting along with the legislation.
  6. Spreadsheets for Accounting: You will become capable of creating complex spreadsheets for accounting. Here you will learn a wide range of formula and formatting practices.

How much can I earn?

You can earn from £25,000 to £35,000 by performing through multiple accounting and finance job roles. However, it depends on nature and length of your experience.

What is the entry requirement?

This advanced-level course has some formal entry requirements. If you have not any experience in accounting, you need to gain the AAT level 2 qualification. Any other recognised finance or accounting qualification can also help. Good literacy standard in English and Maths is essential.

Alongside, you need to get registered for the AAT before starting this course. The AAT will provide you with an AAT student number which is to sit in exams and assessments.

What is the course duration?

The duration is six months if you can study 6-8 hours per week. Usually, its completion time is around 12 months. 

What next after completion?

At completion, you will become fully capable and competent to perform a variety of accounting and finance job roles like:

  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Professional Bookkeeper
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Finance Officer
  • Expenses Supervisor
  • Credit Controller
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Finance Assistant
  • Tax Assistant

Completing this programme will allow you to progress your studies towards the next AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.

How will AAT assess your course?

AAT will examine your knowledge and skills through a blend of Unit and Synoptic Assessments. AAT will use the computer-based assessments (CBAs) method. CBAs are the most modern assessment method. It directly reflects the practical tasks you are currently performing or performing in the future workplace. You do not need to wait for weeks or months – CBAs give result at the spot.

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