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 Various – see below
  • Course Length 36 weeks
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  • Fee Funding available*
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This AAT qualification is a competence-based qualification that gives you the relevant and practical skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs.

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

This qualification is currently equivalent to 160 UCAS points and may support your application to university.

Wed 15-Sept-21 29-Jun-22 09:30-16:30 38 weeks Future Skills Centre P3PDACE0/1/A
Thurs 16-Sept-21 30-Jun-22 17:30-20:30 38 weeks Hele Road P3EDACE0/1/A
Thurs 28-Apr-22 30-Mar-23 09:30-16:30 36 weeks Future Skills Centre P3PDACE0/1/B

What topics will I study?

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting consists of six mandatory units:

  • Advanced bookkeeping
  • Final accounts preparation
  • Management accounting: Costing
  • Indirect tax
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Spreadsheets for accounting

You will be assessed through time-constrained competence-based projects and external online examinations throughout the programme, including a synoptic assessment (final examination covering all units).

Teaching and learning methods:

Workroom based teaching and practice exercises to develop accounting skills, IT skills and exam preparation in computer suites. Sessions are delivered by highly qualified industry accountants.

Guest lecturers and workshops from professionals working with accountancy practice and a range of finance departments. Advice and guidance sessions and careers workshops.

*For more information regarding funding: Funding your future (exe-coll.ac.uk)

Next steps: 

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities.

With AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting may lead to employment as:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable and expenses supervisor
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Assistant accountant
  • Audit trainee
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit controller
  • Finance assistant
  • Payroll administrator
  • Payroll supervisor
  • Practice bookkeeper
  • Tax assistant
Entry Requirements

It is expected that you will already have the AAT Level 2 Diploma in Accounting at merit grade or higher and a very good attendance record to show you have the skills and motivation required to succeed at this level.

You will need to complete an online excel spreadsheet course during the first few weeks of the course to show your suitability to the full L3 specification.


You will study at our Hele Road site or Future Skills Centre, which opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The centre includes provision for school leavers and adult learners and focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

Additional Costs

AAT membership for 12 months costs approximately £150. You will also need course books (approx costs £50-£130 depending if short or long course).

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