Course overviewAAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Online and On Campus) City of Bristol College
This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is a mid-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting.
This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom over 6.5 hours per week; 3.25 hours in the classroom and approximately 3.25 hours of self-study.
If you’re aged 19+ and this will be your first Level 3 course, it could be free for you under the government’s National Skills Fund (NSF) scheme. Get in touch to find out more.
Dates and applications
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|Course Code||Dates||Duration||Days||Hours per week||Start Time||Location||Fee|
|LTE1057C01-1||13/09/2023 - 26/06/2024||1 years||Weds||2.50||18:00||Offsite||
You may be able to study for free, if you are aged 19+ and do not hold a full Level 3 qualification. Even if you do, you may be eligible to be fully funded for a 2nd depending on your home postcode. If you aren't eligible for a free course - the cost is £2573. You can apply for a loan to cover your fees. Please contact us to discuss your payment options or visit our financial support page.
Who is this course for?
This course is for students who have already achieved the AAT Accounting Level 2 Certificate or those who may have relevant workplace experience.
This course is for adults aged 19+.
What you'll learn
This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. You will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues and basic payroll accounting in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. You will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting incorporated within the management accounting unit.
On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.
The Level 3 course covers a range of key areas, including:
- Financial accounting: preparing financial statements
- Management accounting techniques
- Tax processes for businesses including accounting for VAT and payroll
- Business Awareness including business structures, ethical principles, external and internal environment impacts on businesses and communications with stakeholders
You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.
Course entry requirements
You must have a sound knowledge of bookkeeping principles to undertake the AAT Level 3 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.
Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning that you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further, and learners should expect to spend around 5-6 hours studying independently online each week.
On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.
This course is assessed through computer-based exams.
Future career and study opportunities
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma.
The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper. You will also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, giving you the option to work as a freelance bookkeeper.
You will need to pay a L3 AAT qualification registration fee of £225 to AAT.
If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
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