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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

You will be recognised as a part qualified accountant technician. You could choose to start a freelance career within book keeping and finance, progress onto the Level 4 AAT programme to train to become a fully qualified accounts technician or progress onto university.

Overview of the course: 

The course involves classroom learning and provides students with an understanding of accounts preparation and financial statements.
The course is ideal for those who have decided on the specialism of accounts. This training provides skills and knowledge of double entry bookkeeping and furthers those skills into accounts preparation and preparation of financial statements. Course is assessed through examination at the end of each module.

Entry requirements: 

The course is available to students aged 19 or over. Candidates must have achieved at least 5 GCSE grades 9 to 4 including Maths and English and a AAT L2 qualification, or some form of accountancy experience. Applicants must possess a high level of maturity and prior to enrolment candidates will be assessed and interviewed for a place on the course. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


Throughout the course you will get to know finance. An example of some of the topics covered are shown below:

Professional Ethics within AAT – This topic covers legal requirements and professional standards expected within the accountancy profession.

Preparation of accounts for sole traders this topic covers book keeping work required to keep sole trader accounts up to date ready for preparation of final end of year accounts.

Preparing financial statements for sole traders and partnerships this topic follows on from the accounts preparation module where you will learn how to produce the statements of profit or loss and statement of financial position.

Indirect Tax (VAT) – This topic highlights the rules and legislation involved in the calculation and payments of VAT.

Using spreadsheets in an accounting role – This topic looks at the use of spreadsheets in accounting practices.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessments will take place via the completion of course work and external exams.

Further study options after this course: 

On completion of the course you can progress onto the level 4 AAT or university. Typical career opportunities include: Accounts Clarke, Accounts Assistant, Credit Controller, Trainee Auditor, Finance Assistant.

Length of the course: 

1 year, part time, one day a week, Thurs 9.30am-4.15pm


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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