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Level 3

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting


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.

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress their employment in an accounting or finance role. It also acts as a bridge into more advance accounting studies, usually the AAT level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Attendance is required at College on one day per week. There is a direct link between attendance and exam results so it is important not to miss any lessons.

This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting comprises four mandatory units:

  • Business Awareness
  • Financial accounting – Preparing financial statements
  • Management accounting techniques
  • Tax processes for Business

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 the 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). Also covered are management accounting techniques, ethical principles and sustainability considerations for accountants.


Students must have completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

Accountants work at the very heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience.

Therefore, students must have GCSEs in English and Maths at level 4 or above, or level 2 functional skills qualifications in English and Maths. These must be obtain BEFORE starting this course.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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