AAT Level 3 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 Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Various – see below
  • Course Length 46-48 weeks
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  • Fee £2,573 (Funding available, click on Overview tab below.)
*Financial support is available to pay for this course – click here to view Level 3 Funding – see Option A, B or C

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.

Thurs 25-Apr-24 26-Jun-25  09:30-16:30 48 weeks Future Skills Centre
Thurs 12-Sep-24 11-Dec-25 17:30-20:30 35 weeks Digital and Data Centre
Thurs 12-Sep-24 11-Dec-25 09:30-16:30  50 weeks Future Skills Centre
Tues 21-Apr-25 30-Jun-26 09:30-16:30 49 weeks Future Skills Centre

What topics will I study?

The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting consists of four mandatory units:
  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Businesses

You will be assessed through time constrained competence-basic external online examinations on each of the above units during the programme.

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Exeter College has been shortlisted for the AAT Training Provider Awards 2024.

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.

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 AAT Level 3 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 a high grade in the Association of Accounting Technicians Level 2 in Accountingyour Level 2 tutors recommendation to progress ana good attendance record, demonstrating that you have the skills and motivatiorequired to succeed at Level 3We stronglrecommend that yoattain GCSE Maths and English grades of 4 or above (or C or above) before starting this courseYou will be expected to complete an Exceinitial assessment prior to acceptance onto the course and should be prepared to undertake some Excel self-study in preparation for thspreadsheets element of the management accounting techniques unit during the first term.


You will study at our Hele Road site or Future Skills Centre, which opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The centre focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth. There is a free car park and a cafeteria.

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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