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Advanced Diploma in Accounting

The Skills Network
Course summary
52 weeks
1,500 GBP
Next available date: Start anytime - Distance
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting – Innovative online training with The Skills Network

The AAT Level 3 Diploma is intended for professionals seeking to develop their accounting skills and advance in the field. The course is delivered in a self-paced format and is ideal for working professionals who need a flexible approach to developing their skills.

The course builds on previous knowledge and is tailored to more complex financial processes, such as final accounts, costs and revenues and professional ethics. By earning this nationally recognised qualification learners will develop the key skills for a career in bookkeeping or accountancy. Learners will also gain practical accounting and finance skills with the freedom to study where they like, when they like.

AAT is an established and respected professional body with over 125,000 members worldwide, so taking an AAT distance learning course with The Skills Network is a great progression route on to chartered accountancy. Coupled with The Skills Network’s award-winning online learning resources and outstanding learner support, your career in accounting starts here!

Plus learners could start this course without paying a penny – if you’re 19 or over and live in England then you may be eligible to take an advanced learning loan. Call us on 01757 210 022 to find out more.

Qualification gained: AAT Level 3 Diploma

Place of study: Learn from home

Type of course: Online distance learning course with exams

When can I start: This course is available to start immediately

Course duration: 6 – 12 months.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This AAT Level 3 Diploma is perfect for professionals with experience in a finance office or those who have completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. Studying an AAT course is a great progression route on to chartered accountancy.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Upon successful completion of the programme and all assignments, you will be awarded the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Training Course Content

The course is split into six manageable units with an additional revision unit for the synoptic assessment:

Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping

This unit will allow learners to apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping, implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets, prepare and record depreciation calculations, record period end adjustments and produce and extend the trial balance.

On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment for Unit 5 and 6.

Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation

This unit will allow learners to distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation, the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation as well as preparing accounting records from incomplete information, producing accounts for sole traders and partnerships and the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader.

On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment for Unit 5 and 6.

Unit 3: Management Accounting: Costing

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation, apply techniques required for dealing with costs, apportion costs according to organisational requirements, analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management and apply management accounting techniques to support decision making.

On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment for Unit 5 and 6.

Unit 4: Indirect Tax

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of applying VAT legislation requirements, accurately completing VAT returns and submitting them in a timely manner, the implications for the business of errors, omissions, late filing and payment as well as reporting VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisation requirements.

On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment for Unit 5 and 6.

Unit 5: Ethics for Accountants

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the need to act ethically, the relevance to the accountants work of the ethical code for professional accountants, how to act ethically in an accounting role and identify actions to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts.

Unit 6: Spreadsheets for Accounting

This unit will allow learners to design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs, use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data, use relevant tools to manipulate and analyse data, use software tools to verify accuracy and protect data and use tools and techniques to prepare and report accounting information.

Additional synoptic assessment preparation

Learners are also given an additional bonus revision unit to prepare for the synoptic assessment. This additional unit includes revision sections for the key topics presented throughout all six units. This unit is built to give learners an indication as to which areas need to be further revised and will help to identify a learner’s strengths and weaknesses.

The synoptic exam is a case study style exam, where learners work through scenarios before answering the questions. They can cover any topic from any of the units in the level 3 course.

On completion of all units, learners will sit a computer-based synoptic assessment at a local centre of their choice.

*One exam entry fee per unit is included in the cost of this course. Any resits will be charged separately.



This course can also be paid using our flexible payment option.

0% finance options available – speak to our team to find out more.

If you are looking to improve your knowledge with one of our Level 3 courses, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan without having to pay a penny up front! Call us for more information or to find out how to apply for a 24+ loan.

For more information on the cost of this course, please contact The Skills Network.

Our fully online distance learning course provides an engaging online learning experience. You will receive access to innovative, motivating online learning content including a mix of interactive activities, online practice questions and exam guidance with instant feedback, to help you succeed.

  • A specific, assessment focused delivery plan for each unit to guide you through the content and activities on a week by week basis
  • Award-winning online learning resources from The Skills Network, keeping you engaged and motivated at all times
  • First class dedicated tutor support that can be arranged seven days a week
  • A personal learning mentor who will guide and support you through your course, from enrolment through to achieving your qualification
  • Exam fees and a full exam booking service in your chosen centre
  • Over 300 practice questions and revision activities throughout your course, to cement your knowledge and help you succeed in your assessments
  • Mock assessments which are marked by a tutor with feedback given to ensure you are ready to sit your exam
  • Specific additional content to prepare you for the end of level synoptic assessment with the relevant recap and new activities and questions for effective revision of this case study style assessment. 
  • AAT annual membership and registration
  • Access to 'MyAAT' giving you a wealth of benefits including:
    • NUS Card – The definitive student discount card, giving you a range of exclusive discounts from beauty to eating out, fashion and travel, and much more - UK Only
    • Interactive career guidance, with tips direct from employers and an online CV builder
    • Networking opportunities at 30 AAT events each year, across 46 UK branches
    • Access to the AAT social community across social networks and forums, making you the first to hear of accounting and finance news, events, and job opportunities.

* Please note that AAT membership will be for one year only.

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The Skills Network – Distance Learning Courses for Skills Development

The Skills Network is a market-leading training provider, delivering distance learning courses across a range of sectors. With a wide portfolio of highly flexible courses, The Skills Network supports employers and learners to develop their skills and achieve their goals. Whatever the...

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Studying AAT alongside working has helped me grasp concepts at work so much quicker and allowed me to be able to carry out tasks with a lot more ease than if I hadn’t studied the AAT content. I am glad that I chose to learn via distance learning because this means that I am able to work at my own pace which is vital. Being able to just log in at...
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Informative, excellent and really pleased. I just hope the next one is as good… You're great at keeping in touch and getting involved, some places don't do that, it's been brilliant.
Mrs. A. Castro
I am currently completing an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. I am doing it on a distance learning basis through The Skills Network’s online course. The lessons are so straightforward and easy to understand. There are questions at the end of every unit to test what you have learnt so far.  I am a mother of two and studying online in m...
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