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Accountancy Advanced (Level 3)

This Level 3 Accountancy study programme leads on from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 training programme, and will further develop your skills in costing, financial accounting, cash management, indirect tax, ethics and spreadsheets.


Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 1 Year
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Accounting AAT Level 2 qualification


  • Equivalent Accounting qualification 

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Accounts Preparation
    • Preparing financial statements for sole traders and partnerships
    • Cash Management
    • Ethics
    • Indirect Tax
    • Spreadsheets
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • As part of your studies you will also be able to take an AS-Level Accounting qualification.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed continually throughout the study programme; assessment will take the form of both exams and College assignments.


Accounting AAT Level 3 Diploma


  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

You can also gain up to 56 UCAS points.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you could progress on to Accounting Level 4, or begin your career in an accountancy role.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of up to approximately £250 to pay for books and £50 for any trips/visits. These professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. An additional £50 resource fee will also need to be paid on induction.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Cauldwell Street E1013

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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