AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is essential for anyone wishing to become a qualified Bookkeeper.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Advanced Certificate
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length See below
  • Start Date Various (please see overview below)
  • End Date Various (please see overview below)
  • Day see below
  • Times see below
  • Fee £1305 - funding available* (see below for more information)
  • Reduced Fee £70
  • Course Code see below

The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is essential for anyone wishing to become a fully qualified bookkeeper. It may also support career progression for those already in employment by formally recognising their skills in manual bookkeeping. Manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles. The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping offers progression for those who already have bookkeeping knowledge at Foundation level, either to gain employment in a bookkeeping role or to further study. This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and may help students already working in a bookkeeping role to progress by offering them formal recognition of their skills. This course is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment.

Please note that the January and April 2020 starts for this course have been cancelled.

Wed 15-Sep-21 06-Apr-22 09:30-16:30 28 weeks Hele Road Centre P3PBOOE0/1/A
Thurs 16-Sep-21 07-Apr-22 17:30-20:30 28 weeks Hele Road Centre P3EBOOE0/1/A
Thurs 28-Apr-22 15-Dec-22 09:30-16:30 23 weeks Hele Road Centre P3PBOOE0/1/B

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

What topics will I study?

The purpose of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced bookkeeping skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out advanced bookkeeping transactions and tasks. The qualification is composed of three mandatory units, assessed in three end-of-unit assessments:

• Advanced Bookkeeping

• Final Accounts Preparation

• Indirect Tax.

A student completing this qualification will understand advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, preparation of financial statements for sole traders and partnerships, and issues around indirect tax (VAT in the UK) in business. All of this will be learned in the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.

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

Next steps: 

You can achieve AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB) through this course. When you successfully complete the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3) you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

AATQB status (AAT associate bookkeeping membership) is a new professional designation for employees in bookkeeping roles. It indicates the highest standards of professional conduct, up to date technical knowledge and commitment to ongoing learning. It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to employ staff with professional status. AAT is a full member of IFAC, the global organisation for the accountancy profession.

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning. The skills developed in the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:

• a professional Bookkeeper

• a senior bookkeeper

• an accounts manager

• a ledger manager.

Students completing the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. If students wish to continue studying and choose to complete one of the full AAT Accounting Qualifications, their Short Qualification achievement/s may be transferred to the larger 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 an AAT Level 2 qualification.

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 our Hele Road centre and have access to the college’s Learning Resource Centres.

Additional Costs

AAT membership costs approximately £45.

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