AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3 | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting.

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

Please note: classroom attendance is weekly, every Thursday afternoon.

What will I learn?
This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. You will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, preparing financial concepts, management accounting, tax processes and business awareness.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Units of Study
The Level 3 course covers a range of key areas, including:

  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Businesses
  • Business Awareness

You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

Additional costs

  • AAT Annual Student Membership, this will be directly paid for by the student to the AAT, please check with the AAT for their current costs.
  • The course fee includes up to two exam sittings for each unit, further resits will be charged at £75 per exam attempt.

Assessment Methods

You will benefit from weekly classes, led by your course tutor and using core texts that are provided within the fee. Regular discussion with classmates and participation in class activities will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group. AAT Assessments against the standards of competence takes place through either a computer-based test, marked online by the computer, or computer-based assessment, marked externally. The exams are set and marked by AAT as the Awarding Body of the qualification. All computer-based exams will take place following the delivery of each unit of study and are scheduled normally on a Friday. Sittings are usually scheduled 9.30am – 12 noon and 1pm – 3pm. The exam timetable will be provided upon commencement of the course and attendance to scheduled exam sittings is a mandatory requirement.

Progression Options

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper. You will also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, giving you the option to work as a freelance bookkeeper. Alternatively on successful completion of this course, you can progress to the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Course Summary

Course Title AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3
Entry Requirements

AAT does not set any entry requirements for this qualification. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. Accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience. Ideally, students should have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and/or the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping. Prior attainment of other business or finance studies would also be beneficial.

Prior to being invited to interview you will be asked to complete the AAT Skills check which will identify the correct entry point for you to commence your AAT studies.

Attendance Requirements One afternoon per week, however students will also be expected to complete 6-10 hours per week self-study in their own time. Weekly attendance to on campus sessions is mandatory to ensure you have the best chance of success.
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I found the entire experience of studying as an adult learner really rewarding, and decided to further my knowledge by progressing my studies to the next level. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my personal and professional development.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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