AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

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

Course Overview

The AAT Foundation and Advanced in Accounting Level 2 & 3 qualifications is the most cost-effective way to get your Accounting career path underway or to progress in your current Accounting role with AAT. You will learn essential fundamental accounting skills, such as double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles, costings, and how to use accounting software, before undertaking 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!

This training package includes AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) and AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) courses. 

Upon completion of both courses, you will have the knowledge and skills required to efficiently and reliably handle advanced accounting tasks, and you will be awarded professional AAT Bookkeeper status, allowing you to use the initials AATQB after your name and qualify you to submit the final balance for companies of any size.

We want you to pass your AAT exams and have a successful career in finance. To help you fully prepare, we have developed a comprehensive training package for AAT Levels 2 & 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.

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%)

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 (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • 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 (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • Includes Xero Training & Certificate
  • Includes Sage Training, Certificate & Software
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Why study the AAT Foundation Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Accounting course 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 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.

We're proud of our excellent rating on TrustPilot, with over 10,000 reviews from our past students.

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).
  •    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.
  •    High pass rates - Our pass rates are higher than the national average (see Syllabus & Exams section for more details).
  •    Authority – We are an industry-recognised and AAT approved training provider.
  •    Live Online Sessions - Exam preparation sessions and live online classes to help students prepare to sit their exams confidently.  
  •    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.   

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 Diploma in Accounting (Levels 2 & 3) training course and kick-start your career in Accounting!

Is the AAT Foundation Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Accounting package suitable for me?

Having a basic understanding of accounting, or relevant work experience would be beneficial, however the AAT Foundation and Advanced in Accounting Level 2 & Level 3 Package is suitable for anyone to enrol onto. That said, 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 basic 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).

While our certifications are delivered online, we have also added the study textbooks within the price, to assist you with your studies.

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT training? 

Completing both the AAT Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualifications will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become an Accountant and to successfully be able to undertake essential accounting functions, such as final accounts preparation and advanced bookkeeping.

Additional pathways include progressing onto our AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4, a promotion in your current Accounting job, starting your own business, or a new senior Accounting job.

AAT graduates are in high demand by employers due to their hands-on accounting skills, so once you’ve completed the Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2, you can start to apply for the following job roles:

  •    Accounts Administrator - £23,000
  •    Payroll Administrator - £23,000
  •    Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk - £23,000
  •    Accounts Payable Clerk - £24,000

Once you’ve completed the Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3, you can start considering more senior roles, such as:

  •    Accounts Payable Clerk – £24,000
  •    Accounts/Finance Assistant – £24,500
  •    Bookkeeper – £28,500
  •    Payroll Supervisor – £32,500
  •    Finance Officer – £37,500

(Source: Payscale)

Salaries vary by industry, sector and role, however, averages Accountancy salaries at this level range between £23,000 and £25,000 a year. After a few years’ working at this level, good Accountants can earn over £60,000 a year.

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

Find out more about AAT Accounting

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, 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.

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Syllabus

*Included assessment offer - T&Cs

The included assessment offer represents the first exam you’re required to take – as listed below. This offer is for one online assessment only, even if you’ve selected a package deal. You must sit your assessment within 6 months from enrolment. Offer excludes AAT Level 4.

  • AAT Level 2 in Accounting – Bookkeeping Transactions assessment.
  • AAT Level 3 in Accounting – Advanced Bookkeeping assessment.
  • AAT Level 4 in Accounting – Not applicable.
  • AAT Levels 2 & 3 in Accounting – Bookkeeping Transactions assessment.
  • AAT Levels 3 & 4 in Accounting – Advanced Bookkeeping assessment.
  • AAT Levels 2, 3, & 4 in Accounting – Bookkeeping Transactions assessment.

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course will provide you with a basic knowledge of accounting principles and skills. At this level, your knowledge in accounting will start to 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

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

Building on the skills and techniques you developed throughout Level 2, the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course 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!

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 Foundation Certificate in Accounting Exam Details

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 Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, and Indirect Taxation.

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 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.

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%.

e-Careers pass rates

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

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Exam Details

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 45 minutes)

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

For Level 3, your assessment will be conducted at an AAT approved Test Centre using the AAT online SecureAssess system.

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).

AAT Exam Centre Venue Search

Virtual Sessions

Exam Prep Sessions - To help students have the best chances of passing their exams, we have developed a series of regular exam preparation sessions. 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.

Live Online Classes - Your tutor will take you through a specific topic or module, in an online classroom session.

The AAT require all students to join as a student member.

You will need to register as a student member within 14 days of your course start date, please. This registration allows you to take any necessary exams and benefit from additional AAT support and resources. 

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.

*This course package is compatible with Windows and Mac devices but please note that the Sage 50 software is only compatible with Windows.

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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