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.
It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. You can get started right away with a small deposit, and pay the rest with an interest-free payment plan.
Plus, you’ll be supported throughout your studies by your professional AAT tutor, live online classrooms and our excellent student support team.
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.
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.
Final Accounts Preparation
Management Accounting: Costing
Ethics for Accountants
Spreadsheets for Accounting
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
When you've finished the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting you'll be equipped to work in roles such as:
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:
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.
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:
We'll also give you:
You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.
In addition to working through your course materials, you'll be able to join optional live tutor-led online classrooms where you can talk to 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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.