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Get AAT qualified online at your own pace with live online classrooms, unlimited 1:1 tutor support, and interest-free payment plans. 

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) is an intermediate level qualification that's perfect if you're already working in accounting and are looking to develop your skills. It's also ideal if you've completed the Foundation Certificate/Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and want to continue your professional development.

It'll give you real-world technical accounting knowledge that you can use in your job from day one.

You'll master advanced bookkeeping and final accounts, and further your knowledge of spreadsheets for accounting. You'll learn management costing techniques, and understand VAT issues in business. You'll also cover professional ethics for accountants. 

The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and sought-after by employers.

That’s why our AAT pass rate is a brilliant 95%.

*Based on 1,280 exam sittings and 1,215 passes by ICS Learn AAT students between July 2015 and June 2016.

Not the right level for you? Have a look at the AAT Foundation Certificate (Level 2) or the AAT Professional Diploma (Level 4).

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus) sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 3, or Level 6 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 520 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.

The AAT Advanced Diploma consists of six separate units. They're listed below along with the key topics you'll learn about in each one.

Advanced Bookkeeping

  1. Apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
  2. Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  3. Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  4. Record period end adjustments
  5. Produce and extend the trial balance

Final Accounts Preparation

  1. Distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation
  2. Explain the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation
  3. Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  4. Produce accounts for sole traders
  5. Produce accounts for partnerships
  6. Recognise the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader

Management Accounting: Costing

  1. Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation
  2. Apply techniques required for dealing with costs
  3. Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
  4. Analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management
  5. Apply management accounting techniques to support decision making

Indirect Tax

  1. Understand and apply VAT legislation requirements
  2. Accurately complete VAT returns and submit them in a timely manner
  3. Understand the implications for the business of errors, omissions and late filing and payment
  4. Report VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisational requirements

Ethics for Accountants

  1. Understand the need to act ethically
  2. Understand the relevance to the accountant’s work of the ethical code for professional accountants
  3. Recognise how to act ethically in an accounting role
  4. Identify action to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts

Spreadsheets for Accounting

  1. Design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs
  2. Use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data
  3. Use relevant tools to manipulate and analyse data
  4. Use software tools to verify accuracy and protect data
  5. Use tools and techniques to prepare and report accounting information

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is ideal if you've got a Foundation Certificate in Accounting qualification (or Level 2 Certificate, as it was previously known), or if you're currently working in an accounting role. You should have good numeracy skills and attention to detail.

You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.

Not sure which course is right for you? Complete the AAT Skillcheck. It's a short online test with a series of multiple-choice questions that takes 30 minutes to complete, and it'll suggest the level that would suit you best.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

AAT qualifications are highly respected by employers as the gold standard in technical accounting.

  1. 77% of students agree that studying AAT has increased their earning potential
  2. 78% of MAAT/FMAATs and 73% of students are satisfied with their jobs
  3. 83% of members feel secure in their jobs

When you've finished the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting you'll be equipped to work in roles such as:

  1. Accounts Assistant
  2. Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  3. Accounts Payable Clerk
  4. Assistant Accountant
  5. Audit Trainee
  6. Professional Bookkeeper
  7. Corporate Recovery Analyst
  8. Credit Controller
  9. Finance Officer
  10. Indirect Tax Manager
  11. Insolvency Executive
  12. Payroll Supervisor
  13. Finance Assistant
  14. Senior Bookkeeper
  15. Tax Assistant

If you continue your AAT Accounting training to the next and final level, the Professional Diploma, you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician. You'll be eligible to apply for professional MAAT status once you have the relevant work experience. You could start your own accounting practice, or study on a fast-track route to become a Chartered Accountant.

You could hold well-paid roles such as:

  1. Professional accounting technician
  2. Assistant auditor
  3. Assistant management accountant
  4. Commercial analyst
  5. Payroll manager
  6. Senior bookkeeper
  7. Senior financial officer
  8. Accounts payable and expenses supervisor
  9. Assistant financial accountant
  10. Cost accountant
  11. Fixed asset accountant
  12. Indirect tax manager
  13. Payments and billing manager
  14. Senior fund accountant
  15. Senior insolvency administrator
  16. Tax supervisor
  17. VAT accountant

All statistics from the AAT Salary Survey Report 2017.

After completing the Advanced Diploma course, you could move on to the most advanced AAT Accounting qualification, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Please note that the AAT Student admission fee, annual AAT student membership fee, AAT exam fees and AAT exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price listed. Please contact us for the latest AAT fee information.

Employer-funded Accounting courses can be enrolled as an all-inclusive package which combines course, exam, centre and AAT Membership fees.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor and student support team, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. 

The Student Community will give you access to a huge range of helpful resources:

  1. Live tutor-led online classrooms
  2. Interactive quizzes
  3. Progress checks
  4. Online activities
  5. Peer discussions
  6. E-books
  7. Personal journal
  8. AAT resources


We'll also give you:

  1. Kaplan textbooks in both print and ebook form

You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.

Our optional live tutor-led online classrooms allow you to talk the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. The majority are scheduled during lunchtimes, evenings and weekends so they're as easy as possible to fit around work. They're also recorded so if you can't make it, you can watch them back and re-watch them as many times as you need. 

Unlimited Support

Whenever you need help, there'll be a real person on hand.

You'll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with. All your work will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Plus, our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Your AAT tutor and support team will give you all the help you need, any time you ask. Because our courses allow you to work at your own pace, we won't chase you about deadlines or keeping up with your coursework. However, if you feel like you're falling behind at any time, just contact us and let us know - we'll do everything we can to help you get back on track.

Your AAT assessments will be computer-based and you'll sit them at an AAT-approved exam centre. You can find an AAT centre near you using the assessment venue search tool here.

Your exams are designed to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding you've developed through the course.

There are two types of assessment:

  1. Unit assessments test what you've learned in one specific unit. They don't test any knowledge you've gained on other units in the course. 
  2. Synoptic assessments test what you've learned across multiple units. They allow you to demonstrate your new knowledge and skills by applying them to real-world situations.

You must complete all the unit assessments before you sit the synoptic exam.

You'll sit five exams for the Advanced Diploma course. Four will be unit assessments:

  1. Advanced Bookkeeping
  2. Final Accounts Preparation
  3. Management Accounting: Costing
  4. Indirect Tax

You'll then complete a final synoptic exam, which will cover material from all six units you've studied. Synoptic exams for this course take place six times a year, so you might have to book in advance to secure your place.

Before you sit the real thing, you'll have completed a number of practice tests to ensure you're well-prepared. You'll sit a mock exam at the end of every unit so you know where you're doing well and where you can improve. You'll also complete a sample synoptic assessment that'll be marked and given constructive feedback by your tutor.

Once you've passed your mock tests with at least 70%, the minimum pass grade, you can arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate. To make your life easier, there'll be a list of exam centres which accept private candidates on the Student Community. If you have any problems booking your exams, we'll be more than happy to help.

The grades you can achieve are:

  1. Distinction: 90-100%
  2. Merit: 80-89%
  3. Pass: 70-79%

Please note that AAT's assessment fees and invigilation fees aren't included in the course price.

In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:

  1. AAT Registration Fees
  2. AAT Annual Student Membership Fees
  3. AAT Exam Fees
  4. Exam Centre Administration Fees

Our course advisors can fill you in on the latest AAT fee information, and advise you on how to pay them. Exam centre fees will vary depending on the centre you choose.

A year's AAT student membership can be included on your payment plan. Please note that AAT requires you to activate your membership within four weeks of enrolment.

Employer-funded Accounting courses can be enrolled as an all-inclusive package which combines course, exam, centre and AAT Membership fees.