AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

Course Overview

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting training course has been 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 (making you a licensed Bookkeeper), allowing you to legally submit the final balance for companies of any size, and use the initials AATQB after your name.

We offer a comprehensive training package for AAT Level 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.

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

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

Our Pass Rate

  • 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: 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
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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: 15 months
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Includes additional Study Books
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
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Why study the AAT 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 11,000 reviews from our past students.

Benefits of this training course    

  •    Best Price Guaranteed! - You won't find a like-for-like price cheaper, guaranteed!
  •    Study Books - We include additional study books with your eLearning training.
  •    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 - We're proud of our 87.6% pass rate. The national average pass rate for AAT Level 3 is 75.0%.  
  •    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 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) training course and advance your career in Accounting!

Is the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting course suitable for me?

As the AAT Accounting Level 3 is an advanced accreditation, we recommend 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 course is both Mac and Windows compatible, however the Sage software is not compatible with Apple Mac’s, unless Boot Camp is installed).

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

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting training? 

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 can apply for Accounting jobs, including: 

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

(Source: Payscale)

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 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

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.

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.

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.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

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!

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

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 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.

*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 Advanced Diploma 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 Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, and Indirect Taxation.

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.

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.

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. 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.

The national average pass rate for AAT Level 3 is 75.0%. Our pass rate is 87.6%.  

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.

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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).

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