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AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Evening)

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 16 or over. Candidates must have achieved at least 5 GCSE grades 9 to C4including 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.


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 evening


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £2573.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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