AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

Course Overview

Are you interested in starting your own business? Looking to become a senior accountant at your current business or elsewhere? The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) course was created for the sole purpose of providing you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the accounting world. If you want to take your accounting skills to the next level, this is the course to take.

After you have successfully completed this course, you will gain Professional AAT Bookkeeper status and can use the AATQB initials after your name. This means that you can legally submit final balances for businesses of any size.

If this course is too advanced for you, take a look at our AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. Completing the level 3 course will then lead on to the level 4 qualification, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

We offer a comprehensive training package for AAT Level 3, which includes eLearning, study books, live online classes, official Sage certification and software, Xero certification, and responsive tutor support to provide you with additional help when you need it.

As one of the UK's largest AAT training providers, we have successfully trained 8,000+ AAT students and have some of the highest pass rates in the country.

Recently, we have been shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year Award 2020!’ due to our high-quality courses and tutor support.

AAT Courses are offered by e-Careers Ltd, an AAT approved training provider.

Our Pass Rate

  • Level 3 87.6%

    (National average 75%)

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exams: Available Online or via a Test Centre
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exams: Available Online or via a Test Centre
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
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Is the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course suitable for me?

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) is a high-level course not suited to entry level students. As such, we advise that you only sign up for this course once you are more experienced in the field of accounting or if you already have the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate.

We advise that:

  •  You are 16 years old or above (or have parental or guardian consent)
  •  Have a good command of English
  •  Are capable of understanding a reasonable level of mathematics
  •  Have access to a PC or Laptop (This course is both Mac and Windows compatible, however the Sage software is not compatible with Apple Mac’s, unless Boot Camp is installed).

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) is delivered on our state-of-the-art eLearning platform. Textbooks to help you succeed in this course are included in the price.

How will the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course benefit me?

AAT is known worldwide as one of the most important professional accounting bodies, with their qualifications and certificates highly esteemed. Are you interested in finally earning your AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) and improving your accounting knowledge and employability? At e-Careers we will assist you every step of the way with award-winning tutor support and expertise, helping you get this esteemed qualification.

We offer many benefits with our course:

  •  Competitive price
  •  AAT membership available.
  •  Industry high pass rates, at an average of 89.2%.
  •  Great materials included to help you study, like our interactive online course with videos, mock exams, textbooks, and practice assessments to put 
     into practice what you have learnt.
  •  Takes on average 6-8 months to complete, although you will have access to the course for 12 months.
  •  We also offer interest-free payment plans.
  •  Includes Tutor Support.

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting training?

Throughout this course, you will gain all the key skills necessary to become a successful accountant, being able to carry out a range of senior duties like preparing final accounts, indirect tax, and advanced bookkeeping.

There are many accounting roles you could go into after completing this course:

  •  Accounts Payable Clerk - £24,000
  •  Accounts/Finance Assistant - £24,500
  •  Bookkeeper - £28,500
  •  Payroll Supervisor - £32,500

AAT Salaries

Salaries for AAT certified professionals in the UK has risen this year. The average salary by job level has been outlined below: 

  •    Administrator - £20,000
  •    Accounts/Finance Assistant - £21,000
  •    Accounts/Finance Officer - £27,000
  •    Team Leader/Supervisor - £28,000
  •    Junior Manager - £31,000
  •    Middle Manager - £36,000
  •    Director/Senior Manager - £46,000

Licence types and Services

When you have earned your AAT Level 3 qualification, you can set up your own business and apply to provide 5 services.

These services include:

AAT Licensed Bookkeeper (Level 3) - Bookkeeping, Financial accounts, VAT, Computerised accountancy systems, and Payroll.

Designatory Letters

Earning your AAT Level 3 qualification will give you AATQB status, letting you use the designatory letters AATQB after your name. These designatory letters show you have gained the skills, experience and knowledge to work that employers are looking for, which can result in an increase in your earning potential. You can also now legally submit final balances for any sized organisation.

AATQB (gained with AAT Level 3) - An AAT Bookkeeping member is a qualified Bookkeeper who has been approved for AAT bookkeeping membership. Delegates who have earned their AATQB status can use the designatory letters AATQB after their name, and they can apply to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper.

How to Become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper

Upon completing this qualification, you will be eligible to apply for AATQB status (AAT Qualified Bookkeeper) due to your hard work and commitment to becoming a fully-fledged Bookkeeper. This status will allow you to submit the final balance for any type of business.

If you wish to be self-employed, once you become a Licensed Bookkeeper you can offer a multitude of services, for example, Payroll, VAT, Financial Accounts, and Preparation of Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships, Bookkeeping and Computerised Accounting Systems.

Completing this course will give you more confidence when undertaking more advanced accounting duties.

Examples include:

  •  Advanced Bookkeeping
  •  Final Accounts Preparation
  •  Management Accounting: Costing
  •  Indirect Tax FA18

Although salaries differ by role, industry, and location, the average salary is between £23,000 and £30,000 a year.

Why choose to study AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting with e-Careers?

At e-Careers, we provide the most Sage-Certified Training in the United Kingdom. We decided to purposely use Sage accounting software as this is the most common accounting software used. As most companies use this software, this gives you a big advantage in employability when accounting firms look for accountants and bookkeepers.

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 605,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training. By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates.

Once you have completed this course you will also be awarded the Sage 50 certification.

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What are the advantages of an AAT membership?

  •  Mock exams, to test your knowledge as you go through the course, so you will be well prepared for your final exams.
  •  Additional resources to help with your exams
  •  Career advice from employers, networking opportunities, and newsletters with the goings-on in the industry

AAT membership is available and is a requirement if you want to take your exams.

Sign up now and be on your way to become an Advanced Level 3 Accountant.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

Building on the skills and techniques you developed throughout Level 2, the AAT Level 3 course in Accounting will enable you to understand and perform more complex accounting processes, such as advanced double-entry bookkeeping, implementing procedures for acquisition and disposal of non-current assets, preparing and recording depreciation calculations, and more!

AAT Course Modules

The 7 modules that you’ll cover throughout this course, are:

  •  Unit 1 - Advanced Bookkeeping
  •  Unit 2 - Final Accounts Preparation
  •  Unit 3 - Management Accounting: Costing
  •  Unit 4 - Indirect Taxation
  •  Unit 5 - Ethics for Accountants
  •  Unit 6 - Spreadsheets for Accounting
  •  Unit 7 - Advanced Diploma Synoptic Assessment

Average course completion time – 12-15 months

These modules will teach you how to make provisions for doubtful and irrecoverable debts, help you understand the importance of ethics in the working environment, and show you how to reconcile ledgers with the cash book. You’ll also learn how to analyse variances and use spreadsheets to manage and record information in the accounting environment.

Sage software is only compatible with a Windows PC or Laptop. This software is not compatible with Apple Macs (unless Boot Camp is installed).

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Exams

Your personal AAT tutor will run your live online classes so that you get the benefits of learning in a college class without leaving your home. Live online classes cover revision sessions and practice papers on the units you need to pass your exams, including Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, and Indirect Taxation.

There are five exams in total: 4 computer-based exams, which will need to be taken at your local AAT test centre, and 1 Synoptic Assessment:

  •  Advanced Bookkeeping (2 Hours)
  •  Final Accounts Preparation (2 Hours)
  •  Management Accounting – Costing (2 Hours 30 minutes)
  •  Indirect Taxation (1 Hour 30 minutes)
  •  Advanced Diploma in Accounting Synoptic Test Assessment (2 Hours)

The exam format includes multiple-choice questions, selecting answers from a dropdown menu, and typing numbers and text into form fields. The “Spreadsheets” section will use the Microsoft Excel software. You should let your assessment centre know which version of Excel you are most familiar with.

When you are ready to take your assessments, you have two options:

Online Assessments directly with e-Careers - To take your assessment from the comfort of your home, please contact e-Careers Customer Service to book and pay for your assessment. Not available on the Synoptic Assessment.

Test Centre Assessments - You can still choose to sit your exam at a suitable AAT approved assessment venue. We can help find the closest one to you. Exam fees vary from centre to centre.

Exam fees are not included in the course cost.

Synoptic Assessments

The Synoptic Assessments will test your overall understanding of a range of subjects. There are specific times of the year when you will be able to take your Synoptic Assessments, called the ‘Synoptic Windows’. For Advanced Level, the Synoptic Window is available 6 times per year (usually every other month).

Pass Rates We are proud to be achieving some of the highest pass marks throughout the UK and our AAT Level 3 pass rate is 89.2%. This is made possible due to the programme offering we have, including the eLearning platform, textbooks, a range of mock exams, AAT membership resources, and our official Sage courseware.

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AAT Exams Update - COVID-19

Pearson VUE-owned test centres will be following the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting testing candidates and their staff. Candidates are asked to comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined below to keep fellow candidates safe. (Face masks are now required while testing at Pearson VUE-owned test centres).

What you need to know

You will not be admitted to the test centre and should reschedule your exam if:

You have tested positive for COVID-19 (unless you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, 24 hours apart)

You are currently experiencing or have experienced one or more associated symptoms within the last fourteen (14) days (unless You have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine):

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell

You live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (unless at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure).

Have been or are under home quarantine or centralized observation by government or healthcare authorities (unless at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralized observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities).

Synoptic windows revised

Synoptic window dates have now been confirmed for the remainder of the year and include additional dates to help with planning and potential capacity issues due to social distancing restrictions. Full details can be found here.

Level 2 synoptic assessments

In agreement with Ofqual, the UK qualifications regulator, the AAT has announced the intention to issue calculated results for eligible students studying the Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) and Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 2).

Full details on the revised synoptic windows can be found here.

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