AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting 

AAT accounting qualifications are universally respected and recognised. The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is a potential route into employment with a globally recognised qualification accrediting the skills and knowledge required by employers. On completion, you can successfully undertake a role in finance. 

It can also be a stepping-stone to further education, with students progressing on to the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting. It may be suited to you if you are studying part-time alongside employment or already working in finance. This qualification will also suit those looking to gain the skills required to move into a career in finance, as it provides a clear pathway towards a successful career in accounting and finance.  


About the course

This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. It’s also suitable for those who have already started their journey studying a related subject and are looking to develop their skills in accounting, or for those who have already started working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.  

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting covers a range of essential and complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications, including technology, ethics, sustainability, and communication.

This course is validated by AAT

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Start Date


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1 year

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Course Code


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Study Mode

Part Time

This qualification comprises four mandatory units (400 guided learning hours in total):

  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Businesses

If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

Job opportunities may include: 

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Finance Officer
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant