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AAT - Level 3 - Diploma in Accounting - On Campus

Course code: BSAT313P

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

Study level: Part Time

Course level: 3

Course details

Course time:

09:15 - 16:15

Days of week:


Course date:

2nd Jan 2025 - 11th Dec 2025

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

Do you want to develop your accounting and finance skills while gaining industry-grade knowledge alongside a highly appraised and devoted team led by award-winning tutors? (AAT Large Training Provider of the Year 2020 and AAT Tutor of the Year 2019)

The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and covers the fundamentals for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance alongside a range of complementary business and personal skills to gain knowledge, practical experience and certification.

The purpose of the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress to employment in an accounting or finance role or to further study in accountancy and finance. It is also suited to students studying part-time alongside employment, or to those already working in finance. On completion, students can progress to take the AAT level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. The qualification offers a broader focus across several subject areas which enhances employability. Our AAT courses run in several different formats to meet the needs of our learners. This option is a daytime course running on-site at our Abingdon campus; however, other formats are available via our website. During this time, you will be taught using a range of engaging teaching and learning techniques. For this course teaching will start at 09:15-16:15 on a Thursday, in addition, students will have one-to-one tutorials with their tutor approximately 3 times per course.

Students can expect to spend a further 6-8 hours per week outside of college in order to complete the requirements of the programme.

This option has multiple intakes throughout the year to fit around you, these include September, January and April

Course units
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 qualification comprises four mandatory units:

• Business Awareness

• Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

• Management Accounting Techniques

• Tax Processes for Businesses.

What next?
This qualification offers a natural route of academic progression into the AAT Level 4 Advanced Diploma in accounting which is available at Abingdon and Witney College upon completion of the Level 3. The accountancy and business 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.

Completion of this qualification can provide progression onto the Associate Bookkeeping membership, where students will gain professional recognition with the designatory letters AATQB (Qualified Bookkeeper). Students may also progress onto the Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria. The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting also provides the skills required to support the establishment and operation of a healthy business.

Skills developed through this qualification could lead to employment as:

• an Accounts Assistant

• an Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor

• an Assistant Accountant

• an Audit Trainee

• a Credit Controller

• a Finance Assistant

• a Finance Officer

• a Payroll Supervisor

• a Senior Bookkeeper

• a Tax Assistant.

Entry criteria
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.
Fee information
Home/EU Tuition fee TBA. Please see college website for up-to-date information on fees Tuition fees are considerably more.

Extra Costs:

Textbooks are required to support students’ study within each unit. The total cost is approximately £140 which is paid directly to the supplier by the student. Information on this is given at the time of enrolment.

AAT registration is required to be paid after enrolment to enable students to sit the examinations and access AAT resources. This is a one off fee for access to the L3 qualification for typically four to five years priced at £225

The exam fees for a first sitting are included in the tuition fee. However, resits will incur an additional cost.

(All prices are correct at the time of printing).

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Financial Support page - search ""Fees and Financial Support"" at the top of the page. Below is a guide.

This course is currently eligible for Level 3 “Free Courses For Jobs Offer”, if any of the below categories apply then you would be eligible for a reduction. Funding is subject to change.

• you are unemployed, and in receipt of a benefit eg Universal Credit, JSA, ESA, Income Support, or Housing Benefit and looking to use the course to find employment.

• you are in paid employment (working) and earn less than £20,319 a year gross from the paid employment.

• you do not already have a full level 3 qualification, or above. This includes A-levels (2 full or 4 AS), Diploma or other qualification at level 3 or the equivalent from outside the UK/England. Qualifications higher than level 3 includ

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £2,573.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £2,573.00

Qualifications received
AAT Q2022: Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.
Learning & method assessment
Students must successfully achieve the four mandatory unit assessments to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by externally marked assessment is 100%. All assessments on the qualification are computer-based.
User skills
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and develop skills needed for financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. They will also understand the business environment, technology used in finance and accounting, business issues regarding payroll and value-added tax (VAT) (which may be known by another name in other countries), issues in business, management accounting techniques, ethical principles and sustainability considerations for accountants.

Students will develop an understanding of business and its structure and purpose, as well as an appreciation of the wider business environment. Students will develop skills supporting complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, use of technology to provide management accounting information, and completion of VAT returns.

Students will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work. Students will need to use a variety of data and information about a business to visualise and communicate key information needed for business decision-making.