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Level 3 Diploma in accounting top-up - Part Time (AAT)

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Course Description

This is an advanced top up course for individuals who are competent have successfully passed the following units at L3 Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts and Indirect Tax. 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 by completing three units:

  • Management Account Costing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Professional Ethics and Synoptic

Students who complete this course would complete the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

This course starts on 31/01/2023 and will run for 32 weeks, 3 hours per week on Tuesday 6pm - 9pm.

Course fees (if not eligible for funding): £2,573.


Level 3 Diploma in accounting top-up - Part Time (AAT)

Entry Requirements

Student must have completed the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping - Part Time and as a minimum as a minimum:

  • Level 2 manual bookkeeping qualification (e.g. AAT foundation certificate in bookkeeping)
  • Level 2 or above Maths qualification (GCSE grade C or 4, Functional Skill or Key skill)
  • Level 1 English qualification (GCSE grade D or 3, Functional Skill or Key skill).


Management accounts software

Students will learn the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation, applying techniques required for dealing with costs, apportioning costs according to organisational requirements, analysing and reviewing deviations from budget and reporting these to management, and applying management accounting techniques to support decision making.

Accounting Software

Student will develop how to analyse date using a spreadsheet and then communicate the most important information to enable appreciate judgements to be made.

Professional Ethics

The Professional Ethics in Accounting and Finance unit covers three main topic areas:

  • Ethical principles
  • How to behave ethically
  • Taking action if there’s a breach of ethics or the law

Students to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to work and behave ethically within an accounting environment.


A synoptic assessment will be the final unit that tests your knowledge you have gained throughout the level, covering multiple units. It is a computer-based exam that you will attempt once you have completed the other core units within the qualification. All units are assessed by an online exam. All units must be passed to achieve the full level 3 certificate in bookkeeping.

Work Experience



This is an advanced course, on completion students will be able to undertake duties as a senior bookkeeper. It should be noted that most employers would want some experience of using accounting software. Possible careers with this range of skills would include:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Financial Reporting Clerk
  • Purchase and/or Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Administrator
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