Course overview

Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma 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. 

Please note: classroom attendance is weekly.

This Level 3 qualification is universally-respected and internationally-recognised. You will finish the course with extensive practical accountancy training.

You will build on your existing bookkeeping knowledge. You will learn how to prepare final accounts for sole traders and broaden your understanding of management reporting.

This course is for adults aged 19+.

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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 in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. You will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

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 who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Units of Study

The Level 3 course covers a range of key areas, including: 

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

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.

You must have already achieved the AAT Accounting Level 2 Accounting Certificate or completed an accounting entry test. You must have a minimum of Level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy (tested prior to the start of the course).

Anyone wishing to gain direct entry to Level 3 through a qualification other than AAT Accounting Level 2 Certificate, or studied with an alternative training provider, will be required to attend an interview with a tutor prior to the start of the course.

This course is for adults aged 19+.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus 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, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings 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.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

Future career and study opportunities


When you complete the AAT Accounting Level 3 Diploma, you may have the opportunity to progress to the Level 4 Accounting Diploma or Higher Education.

Career opportunities

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.

Additional costs

You will need to pay an annual AAT Membership fee of £92. Students registering for the first time will also need to pay an one-off administration fee of £43.

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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