Accounting L3 Advanced Diploma

Start Date
Course Course
City Campus

About this Course

This qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance. This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Key Units

  • Advanced Bookkeeping 
  • Final Accounts Preparation 
  • Management Accounting: Costing 
  • Indirect Tax 
  • Ethics for Accountants 
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting 

Entry Requirements

  • Achievement of the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 2 (GCSE or GCSE equivalent) English and Maths 


5 unit exams, each with a pass mark of 70% plus an additional spreadsheets assessment which is pass/fail. Marks gained on these exams are then collated and an overall percentage for the course is calculated. This percentage is converted into a Pass/Merit/Distinction grade. 

Where does this Lead

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications open up huge opportunities nationally and internationally. The qualifications are recognised throughout the finance world: from small local enterprises to the biggest multinationals, there is a demand for qualified accounting staff. You can climb the finance ladder by gaining further AAT qualifications at Level 4 (search the website for AAT Level 4 to see further information). 

At over 30 UK universities, AAT qualifications from Level 3 upwards provide exemptions on accounting and finance related degrees. All the UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies recognise the AAT accounting qualification and offer AAT members exemptions. 

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Course cost: 

If this is your first level 3 qualification, then this course is free.  A full level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 A levels. 

Otherwise, the fee for this course is £2573, covering tuition and one attempt at each assessment. Our team in Student Finance can answer any questions relating to payment of course fees - please call the main college number and ask to be directed to them. The advanced learner loan is available for this course, information can be found here: 

  • If your employer is paying your fees, we would need to see a letter (headed paper) that confirms that they agree to pay the full fee of £2573 or the amount of contribution towards. 
  • If you are paying the fees yourself, you can either pay the fee in full for a 10% discount, or arrange to pay in installments. Please let us know if you are paying fees so we can arrange for a member of the finance team to contact you with your payment options. 
  • If you require financial assistance or information about the advanced learner loan you can find this information on the college website (


We have partnered with Mindful Education ( to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus blended model. Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further. 

On campus (all based at City campus - S2 2RL)

Upon completion of the online lessons you benefit from weekly academic support sessions – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings/whole days each week. An experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace. 

Classes due to start in 2021-22 

  • Group 1, Support sessions to begin Tuesday 2nd November 2021, running weekly at 1745-2045. Course to end December 2022. 
  • Group 2, Support sessions to begin Tuesday 04 January 2022, running weekly at 1745-2045. Course to end February 2023. 
  • Group 3, Support sessions to begin Friday 7th January 2022, running weekly at 0915-1215. Course to end February 2023

Extra Costs

AAT membership should be up to date and maintained by the student.
Any exam resits will attract a fee of £60 per exam 

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