AAT level 3

So you’ve finished the foundation certificate in accounting. Congratulations! You now have a broad range of career options to choose from. But why stop there? The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is the next logical step for many accounting students. The Level 3 qualification opens up further professional possibilities and gives students the grounded, practical knowledge necessary to continue onto higher level accounting roles and qualifications.

If you’re looking towards the long-term goal of becoming a senior accountant, the Advanced Diploma in Accounting is an ideal course to study.   

What level of knowledge do I need to study the Advanced Diploma in Accounting?

Entry to AAT Level 3 can be achieved in several ways – completing the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) or, if you’ve worked in accounting for some time and wish to get formal recognition for your knowledge, take the AAT Skillcheck test and find out if Level 3 is for you.

The more advanced level of course content (in comparison with the Foundation Certificate) means that Level 3 is likely to be suitable if you’ve worked in a low-to-mid level accounting role. The best way to check your accounting proficiency is by simply using the AAT Skillcheck test and speaking with an adviser about your results. Get in contact with our team today for helpful, impartial advice.  

What will I learn?

The full course specification can be found on our AAT Level 3 guide. However, you can expect to cover the following topics:

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

How long will the course take?

The course usually takes a year to complete, although students can learn at an accelerated pace and pass in six months.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting can range from £900 to £2,000. The price is decided by the AAT training provider; contact your local AAT course provider to find out more about costs.

After I graduate?

Much like after students complete the Foundation Certificate in Accounting, there is a range of options open to students upon completion of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Many students move onto the Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), or move directly into employment. Level 3 grads can expect to be employed for roles like credit controller, bookkeeper or tax assistant.

What next?

Think the Advanced Diploma in Accounting might be for you? Contact Aspiring Accountants today to discuss your options.       

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