AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Advanced Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Bradninch Court
  • Course Length 36 weeks
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  • Fee £2613.00
  • Reduced Fee £40.00

This course is aimed at learners with experience and knowledge of double entry bookkeeping and builds on the skills developed at Level 2.

Learners are required to successfully complete 5 units in total, assessed through an end of unit exam. A pass is between 70-79%, Merit 80-89% and Distinction 90-100%. You will have four exams for the normal units and one Synoptic Assessment that will take place at the end of the course to assess your knowledge and understanding from the whole of the year.

Wednesday 11-Sep-19 01-Jul-20 09:30 – 16:30 Bradninch Court
Thursday 12-Sep-19 02-Jul-20 17:30 – 20:30 Bradninch Court
Wednesday 15-Apr-20 24-Mar-21 09:30 – 14:30 Bradninch Court

*This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Click here for further information.

What topics will I study?

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

Next steps: 

Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designators letters MAAT after their name. Many students progress on from AAT Level 4 to be ACCA or ACA qualified. This qualification can give students exemptions towards all or parts of the UK’s chartered and certified accountancy qualifications.

Entry Requirements

The AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success, we require students to begin their AAT Level 3 studies with a Level 2 Bookkeeping or Accounting qualification. You will need a Merit grade for AAT Level 2 in Accounting.

Learners also need to have Maths and English GCSE at grade C/4 or equivalent. You will also need basic knowledge of spreadsheets.

Please note: It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week. Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.


You will study at Bradninch Court, one of our Professional and Adult learning centres and have access to the college’s Learning Resource Centres.

Additional Costs

AAT membership for 12 months costs approximately £140. You will also need course books (approx costs £50-£130 depending if short or long course).

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