• Course code:


  • Subject area:


  • Attendance:

    Part Time

  • Qualification:

    AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:


  • Start Date:

    September and January

Start Date End Date Description
13/01/202015/01/2021Crawley / Part Time Day
Course fees information for period : Jan 13 2020 - Jan 15 2021
Web Fee Awarding Body Fee = £236.00
Web Fee Exam Fees = £0.00
Web Fee Other Fees = £0.00
Web Fee Tuition Fees = £1,664.00

About the course

The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is an ideal progression from the Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

The qualification covers a range of advanced accounting and finance skills in six mandatory units.

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

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy.

Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts.They will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. The qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.


This course is suitable for those aged over 19 on the start date of their studies and wish to become members of the Association of Accounting Technicians.  On successful completion candidates will be able to progress to AAT Level 4. Candidates must possess good literacy, numeracy and IT skills and have achieved AAT Certificate Level or have exemption from Level 2 for entry to this programme.


Students must successfully complete four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification.

All assessments in this qualification are:

  • Set and marked by AAT
  • Computer based
  • Four are marked by the computer
  • One is marked partly by computer and partly human marked.

To achieve the qualification a student must pass all the mandatory assessments and the synoptic assessment.

Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting are tested in the Synoptic Assessment.  The Synoptic Assessment tests the other four units as well.

Unit and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to the student’s overall grade for the qualification.

Grades awarded are:

Distinction – 90% - 100%

Merit – 80% - 89%

Pass – 70% - 79%

Unclassified – 0% - 69%


Students aged 19 and over may be entitled to a Bursary payment to help with costs such as travel to College, trips and equipment and childcare. To qualify you must be resident in the UK and meet the eligibility criteria which will include evidence of your financial circumstances.

Level 3 Entitlement: students aged 19-23 years old who are studying for their first qualification at Level 3 will be fully-funded, which means your tuition fees, awarding body registration or exam fees will be covered.

Advanced Learner Loans

Learners who are aged 19 and over and studying Level 3 - 6 Further Education and training programmes.

Advanced Learner Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support for tuition costs, similar to that which is available in Higher Education. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing a loan, from the Student Loans Company, that they will only start to repay once they have left the course and are earning over £25,000.

Learners aged 19 and over will therefore have the option to either:

  • Pay the course fees themselves
  • Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for them
  • Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for the course fees

The Advanced Learner Loans are for anyone who is:

  • Aged 19 and above at the start of their course
  • Studying at Level 3 - 6 in Further Education and training
  • Resident in the UK
  • Has not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification.

The loan is available irrespective of the learner’s current employment status and the loan will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.

Note: All AAT students have to personally register as student members of the AAT. For all Levels and all ages the cost on initial registration is £131. They are also expected to purchase the books needed for the course which costs £120.00.

Attendance requirements

Day Courses

Monday 9:30am – 3pm 

Evening Courses

Monday and Tuersday 6pm-8:30pm 

In addition to attendance at the College you will be expected to undertake self-study at home for approximately 3 hours a week




On successful completion of this course you may progress to the AAT Professional Diploma or obtain employment as an accounts assistant.


For further information please contact our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@crawley.ac.uk or by calling 01293 442200 - press option 2 for Admissions.  If you are an employer or looking to join this course to support your job role, please contact a Skills Adviser on 01293 442200 (press 4) or email employers@crawley.ac.uk

Accounting Apprenticeships are also available.  Students need to be 16 years of age or above and be working in an accounting or finance position.  If you need information about apprenticeships please contact Christine Hamilton at chamilton@crawley.ac.uk.