AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Foundation Certificate, Advanced & Professional Diploma in Accounting (Levels 2, 3 & 4)

Course Overview 

This complete AAT Accounting package provides everything you need to become a fully trained Licensed Accountant with AAT. This training package comprises AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) and AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4).

Throughout these three levels, you will learn the fundamental and advanced principles and techniques used throughout Accounting today, such as undertaking double-entry bookkeeping, tax, evaluating financial performance, and managing budgets. 

After you have passed your AAT Level 2 training and exam, you can apply for jobs as an Accounts Administrator, Payroll Administrator, or Sales & Purchase Ledger Clerk. After passing your AAT Level 3 exams will become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status, and after passing your Level 4 exams will become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status. Both will enable you to apply for more senior Accounting job roles, such as a Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Finance Officer, and Payroll Manager.

Your AAT licence is a mark of professionalism and compliance. This AAT training package will enable you to start your own business and apply to provide up to 5 services to clients as an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper (Level 3) and up to 18 services as an AAT Licensed Accountant (Level 4). We have provided a full list of services in our Course Overview section below.

We’re one of the UK's largest AAT training providers, and we have some of the highest pass rates in the country. We have successfully trained nearly 10,000 AAT students, which has enabled us to develop a great training package tailored to meet your needs.

We want you to pass your AAT exams and have a successful career in finance, so to help you best prepare, we have developed the most comprehensive AAT training package to suit your preferred learning method. This includes eLearning, study books and live online classes - further supported with official Sage certification and software, Xero certification and responsive tutor support so you get the help you need when you need it most.

Your personal AAT tutor will run your live online classes (Levels 2 & 3 only), 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 Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, and Indirect Taxation.

This AAT training course is also eligible for a TOTUM PRO Card.     

We are incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020'!

Our Pass Rate

  • Level 2 91.2%

    (National average 85%)

  • Level 3 87.6%

    (National average 75%)

  • Level 4 82.2%

    (National average 68.8%)

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exams: Available Online or via a Test Centre
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Course Access: 12 & 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
  • Includes Xero Training & Certificate
  • Includes Sage Training, Certificate & Software
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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: 12 & 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
  • Includes Xero Training & Certificate
  • Includes Sage Training, Certificate & Software
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Why study the AAT Levels 2, 3 & 4 Accounting package with e-Careers?

If you’re interested in a career in Accounting, be sure to choose an award-winning professional training provider like e-Careers, to undertake your AAT Accounting training with! 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 595,000 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.

Benefits of this training course 

  •    Best Price Guaranteed! - You won't find a like-for-like price cheaper, guaranteed!
  •    Xero Training and Certificate included.
  •    Sage Training, Certificate, and Software included (180 days).
  •    High pass rates - Our pass rates are higher than the national average (see Syllabus & Exams section for details).
  •    Interest-free payment options - We offer a range of payments options to help spread the cost.
  •    Flexibility – This course is delivered online via our eLearning training platform, so you can study wherever and whenever suits you best.
  •    AAT Membership Available.
  •    Authority – We are an industry-recognised provider of official AAT training materials.
  •    Live Online Sessions (Levels 2 & 3 only) - Exam preparation sessions and live online classes to help you prepare to sit your exams.  
  •    Tutor support included – Our experienced AAT tutors have over 20 years of experience.
  •    A badge of excellence – AAT qualifications are internationally recognised and will teach you a range of practical accounting skills.  
  •    Gain the skills employers want – Gain practical, industry focused qualifications, helping you take on the right roles for your skill set.
  •    Boost your earning potential – Your certifications will boost your earning potential and help you move into more senior job roles.
  •    Confidence – Gain confidence as you train through your AAT course via our online platform.
  •    Fully accredited materials – We have developed our training course around official AAT courseware.
  •    TOTUM PRO Card – This course is eligible for a TOTUM PRO Card.

Benefits of our Online Training Platform

  •    Your interactive training will include a series of videos and reading materials to keep you engaged and motivated to complete the course.
  •    This course was written and developed by our team of experts, including AAT professionals who train at a college level, bringing classroom quality training to your online course.
  •    Progressive tests throughout your training, to ensure you have understood the subject materials.
  •    Practice assessments to test your overall knowledge.
  •    A study plan is included to help you focus and stay on track.
  •    We update our course materials when required to ensure our students always get the most updated version of our course.
  •    Email notifications if you don't log in to help push you along where needed.

Contact us today to enrol on this AAT Foundation Certificate, Advanced & Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 2, 3 & 4) training course and kick-start your Accounting career!

Is the AAT Accounting Levels 2, 3 and 4 package suitable for me? 

If you’re interested in working in an accounting team and have no experience, or you want to start your own business as a Bookkeeper or Accountant, this AAT Accounting package is perfect for you.

This course is suitable for anyone new to the industry, or those who currently work in the accounting sector but not qualified and now looking for an official accreditation. AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) will make you a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status, and AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting will make you a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status. Both allow you to use the designatory letters after your name and offer up to 18 services to your clients (outlined in the Syllabus below). 

Due to the nature of this course, we recommend that students:

  •    Are at least 16 years old (or have the consent of a parent or guardian)
  •    Have a solid understanding of the English language
  •    Are comfortable with mathematics
  •    Have access to a PC or Laptop

What can I expect from a job in Accounting?

Accounting responsibilities and salaries vary by job role and organisation however, once you have completed the three courses in this package, you’ll be comfortable working on senior accounting tasks, like:

  •    Reviewing financial reports
  •    Reconciling account balances and bank statements
  •    Managing cash controls

You can earn an average salary of £32,500 –£42,500 a year, with some organisations offering some candidates over £60,000 a year.

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT Professional training? 

Delegates who completed all three levels are considered highly trained and knowledgeable candidates prepared to undertake roles of an intermediate or senior level. It will take you approximately 6-months to complete AAT Level 2, 8-months to complete AAT Level 3 and 18-months to complete AAT Level 4.   

New career opportunities in Accounting include:

  •    Senior Bookkeeper - £31k
  •    Accounts Payable/Expenses Supervisor - £33k
  •    Commercial Analyst - £34k
  •    Senior Finance Officer - £37k
  •    VAT Accountant - £37k
  •    Payments & Billing Manager - £39k
  •    Payroll Manager - £40k
  •    Cost Accountant - £40k
  •    Fixed Asset Accountant - £45k
  •    Indirect Tax Manager - £56k

(Source: Payscale)

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 and Level 4 qualifications, you can set up your own business and apply to provide either 5 services (Level 3) or 18 services (Level 4). These services include:

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

AAT Licensed Accountant (Level 4) - All the above plus: Financial accounts and accounts preparation for statutory purposes, Budgeting and forecasting, Management accounting, Personal and Business income tax, Inheritance, Capital gains and Corporation tax, Limited assurance engagement, Independent examination, Company secretarial services, Internal audit, and Forensic accounting.    

Designatory Letters

Earning your AAT Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications will give you AATQB and professional MAAT status, letting you use the designatory letters AATQB and MAAT 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, earning AATQB status. 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.

MAAT (gained with AAT Level 4) - An AAT full member is a qualified accountant who has successfully demonstrated the experience and skills necessary to be approved for MAAT status. Delegates who have earned their MAAT status can use the designatory letters MAAT after their name and they can apply for a licence to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper. 

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Syllabus

AAT Level 2 Accounting training will provide you with a basic knowledge of accounting principles and skills. At this level, your knowledge in accounting will develop and finance administration is your focus.    

The five units you'll cover through this course are:

  • Unit 1 - Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Unit 2 - Bookkeeping Controls
  • Unit 3 - Elements of Costing
  • Unit 4 - Using Accounting Software
  • Unit 5 – The Synoptic Assessment  

Average course completion time – 6-9 months

These qualifications will teach you how to process payments and receipts, prepare invoices, complete bank reconciliations, use accounting software and have the skills required to work effectively in the finance industry.  

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

Building on the skills and techniques you’ve developed during the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2, levels 3 and 4 will provide you with a detailed understanding of more complex accounting processes to prepare you for senior job roles. 

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 – 6-8 months

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) comprises four mandatory units; an assessment, and a choice of five optional modules. You’ll need to complete all the mandatory modules and two of the five optional modules, to complete the course. The assessment fees are not included in the cost of the course.

Mandatory Units

  •    Mandatory Unit 1 - Management Accounting: Budgeting.
  •    Mandatory Unit 2 - Management Accounting: Decision and Control.
  •    Mandatory Unit 3 - Financial Statements of Limited Companies. 
  •    Mandatory Unit 4 - Accounting Systems and Controls. 
  •    Mandatory Unit 5 - Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment.

Optional Units

  •    Optional Unit 1 - Business tax.
  •    Optional Unit 2 - Personal tax.
  •    Optional Unit 3 - External auditing.
  •    Optional Unit 4 - Cash and Treasury Management.
  •    Optional Unit 5 - Credit Management.

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Exam Details

There are five exams in total - 4 computer-based exams and 1 Synoptic Assessment. 


  •    Bookkeeping Transactions (1 Hour 30 minutes).
  •    Bookkeeping Controls (1 Hour 30 minutes).
  •    Elements of Costing (1 Hour 30 minutes).
  •    Using Accounting Software (2 Hours).
  •    Foundation Certificate in Accounting Synoptic Test Assessment (2 Hours).

For Levels 2 & 3, when you are ready to take your assessments, you have two options:

Online Assessments - 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. (Level 4 has this option from September 20th 2021).

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.

For Level 4 you can sit your exam at a suitable AAT approved assessment venue.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Exam Details

  •    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 45 minutes).

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Assessment Details

Mandatory Exams

  •    Management Accounting: Budgeting (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Management Accounting: Decision and Control (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Financial Statements of Limited Companies (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Accounting Systems and Controls (2 hours 30 minutes). 
  •    Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment (3 hours). 

Optional Exams

  •    Business taxation (2 hours).
  •    Personal taxation (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    External auditing (2 hours)
  •    Cash and Treasury Management (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Credit Management (2 hours 30 minutes).

Questions include multiple-choice, selecting answers from a drop-down menu and typing numbers into form fields. For some assessments, you will be required to type quite lengthy amounts of text, in particular with the Synoptic assessment. 

You will be tested via Synoptic assessments, which will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the Level 4 qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of your qualification and will be taken at specific times throughout the year. 

Pass Rates

We’re proud to have achieved some of the highest pass marks in the UK. This is made possible because of the programme offering we have, including eLearning platform, textbooks, a range of mock exams, and our official Sage courseware.

National average pass rate

  •    AAT Level 2 is 85.0%.
  •    AAT Level 3 is 75.0%.
  •    AAT Level 4 is 68.8%.

e-Careers pass rates

  •    AAT Level 2 is 91.2%.
  •    AAT Level 3 is 87.6%.
  •    AAT Level 4 is 82.2%. 

Synoptic windows revised

Dates for the Synoptic window have now all been confirmed for 2021, including additional dates to assist with any capacity issues as a result of social distancing restrictions. Click for the full details.

When studying for your AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer-based assessments, which are marked in three ways:

  •  Completely computer marked (you will get your results within 24 hours).
  •  Partially computer marked and partially human marked (you will get your results within six weeks).
  •  Fully human marked (you will get your results within six weeks).

Exam Prep Sessions

To help students have the best chances of passing their AAT exams, we have developed a series of regular exam preparation sessions for levels 2 & 3. Before the session, students complete a pre-assigned mock paper in advance, and your tutor will run through the paper and correct answers, informing you of what the AAT expect you to write and why. This helps you think in a way that will enable you to approach each question correctly, increasing the likelihood of you passing.

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.

AAT exams

All exams are computer-based exams, and there will be one per module. These exams will need to be taken at your local AAT test centre and the format includes multiple-choice questions.

Exam fees are not included in the course cost. 

If you need any more information on the AAT exams, please get in touch with one of our advisors.

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.

Exam changes due to COVID-19

Pearson VUE-owned test centres will be following the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organisation 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 centralised observation by government or healthcare authorities (unless at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralised observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities).

What is the TOTUM PRO Card?

The TOTUM PRO Card is the replacement of the old NUS card, which offers discounts in a wide range of shops and websites, helping you get money off food, holidays and flights, clothes, make-up gym memberships and much more. TOTUM PRO card is aimed at professional learners, giving you access to exclusive discounts.

Where can you use your TOTUM PRO Card?

The TOTUM PRO Card offers a range of discounts across a wide range of shops and websites. The list below provides a sample of the places you can receive discounts from. Click here to review the full list of shops and websites.

How to get your card

To receive your TOTUM PRO Card all you need to do is enrol and pay for an eligible course (see the full list, below) and we’ll send you an email confirmation, acknowledging your eligibility for the TOTUM PRO Card. After your 14-day cooling-off period has passed, we’ll send you an email confirming that your TOTUM PRO card access is now live, and you’ll be able to use the TOTUM PRO card widget in your ‘My Account’ section on our website, to order your card.

Is there a cost?

The TOTUM PRO Card is available in a range of membership options, including:

  •    1 year £14.99
  •    2 years £24.99
  •    3 years £34.99

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