AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

What is the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Level 3 in Accounting course is specifically designed to provide you with the necessary skills and credibility to progress within the Accounting industry. Whether you’re looking to start your own company, or you want to take on a senior accounting role within an established organisation, this course is the ideal route to get you there. 

Upon completion of this course, you'll be awarded Professional AAT Bookkeeper status, allowing you to legally submit the final balance for companies of any size, and use the initials AATQB after your name.

If you’re new to Accounting, consider enrolling onto the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2. This course leads onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4 qualification. 

This training course benefits from having live online sessions, for exam preparation and live online classes. 

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

Gain an AAT accredited qualification. Enrol today! 

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exam: Available via Awarding Body
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • 89.2% Pass rate (Level 3)
  • Fully accredited course materials
  • Includes AAT Membership
  • Includes Study Guide for Each Module
  • Xero Advisor Certification
£675Inc. VAT
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exam: Available via Awarding Body
  • Tutor Support Included
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • 89.2% Pass rate (Level 3)
  • Fully accredited course materials
  • Includes AAT Membership
  • Includes Study Guide for Each Module
  • Xero Advisor Certification
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Is the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting right for you?

As the AAT Accounting Level 3 is an advanced accreditation, we recommend that you enrol on it once you have gained some experience working in accounting, or if you currently hold a valid AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2), and are looking to gain the advanced qualification.

We also recommend that you:

  •    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

This certification is delivered on our eLearning platform, and we also include textbooks within the price.

How will this training advance your career?

Completing the AAT Level 3 course in Accounting will ensure you have the confidence, skills and knowledge to learn how to become an Accountant, capable of performing more senior accounting functions, like advanced bookkeeping, final accounts preparation and indirect tax.

You will be able to apply for Accounting jobs, such as: 

  •    Accounts Payable Clerk - £24k
  •    Accounts / Finance Assistant - £24.5k
  •    Bookkeeper - £28.5k
  •    Payroll Supervisor - £32.5k
  •    Finance Officer - £37.5k

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 Qualified Bookkeeper

AAT Qualified Bookkeeper (AATQB) status will give recognition to your commitment to become a qualified Bookkeeper. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting, you will be able to start applying for AATQB status which confirms your skills and allows you to work towards being able to submit the final balance for your business, or other businesses of any size.

As a Licensed Bookkeeper you can become self-employed and offer 5 of the 18 services listed in licence table, including: Bookkeeping, Financial Accounts and Accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships, VAT, Computerised Accountancy systems, and Payroll.

General Accounting Responsibilities & Salary

Employers of all sizes see the value of employees with AAT qualifications and large companies including KPMG, train their staff with AAT qualifications because it demonstrates they can apply their studies to a real-world scenario.

At this level, you will be comfortable working on more technical accounting tasks and be involved in more senior duties, such as:

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

Salaries vary by industry, sector and role; however, industry averages range between £23,000 and £30,000 a year, at this level.

Why should you study this course with us? 

AAT is the world’s leading professional body for Accounting Technicians, and their qualifications are both internationally recognised and respected. If you’re looking to earn your AAT Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma with an award-winning, recognised company that embodies professionalism and support, e-Careers is here for you! However, we offer so much more, including: 

  •    Frequent live online sessions: Exam Preparation & Live Online Classes
  •    Best price guaranteed! (Inc. AAT Membership worth £150)
  •    High quality training materials: Interactive online course with videos, mock exams and practice assessments. Backed up with textbooks
  •    One of the industries highest average pass rates of 89.2%
  •    An average course completion time of 6-8 months (access for 12 months)
  •    Interest-free payment plans available 
  •    Unlimited expert Tutor Support

e-Careers are the largest provider of Sage Certified Training within the UK. We have chosen to use Sage software because it’s the most popular Accounting software used by companies. This course has embedded a Sage 50 certificate within the programme so when you finish your AAT Level 3 qualification, you'll also be awarded the Sage certificate also.

Benefits of AAT membership

  •    Practice tests help you to see if you’re prepared and ready for your official exams
  •    Extra study support resources
  •    Career advices and tips from employers, networking, newsletters and industry updates

AAT membership is required in order to sit your exams

Contact us today to get enrolled in this accounting course and move closer to becoming an advanced accredited accounting professional.

Course Overview

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
  •    Unt 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

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

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 advanced, 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.

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

AAT - Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting Exams

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.

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 eLearning platform, textbooks, a range of mock exams, AAT membership resources and our official Sage courseware.

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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