AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting


12 months (£2,613*)


Course overview

The AAT Diploma in Accounting has replaced the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. It offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. Its purpose is to provide you 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.


The AAT Diploma in Accounting qualification will suit those who:

  • are already working in finance and would like formal recognition of their skills
  • want to study part-time alongside employment
  • have achieved Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and wish to progress


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.


This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.


*(Includes all on-campus tuition fees, access to Mindful and AAT registration and first exams for each module) Funding options may be available on application.


Please note: classroom attendance is weekly.

Course content

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting covers a range of essential and complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication.


You will learn and develop skills needed for financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. You will understand the business environment, technology used in finance and accounting, business issues regarding payroll and value-added tax (VAT) issues in business, management accounting techniques, ethical principles and sustainability considerations for accountants. You will develop an understanding of business and its structure and purpose, as well as appreciating the wider business environment.


You will also develop skills supporting complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, use of technology to provide management accounting information, and the completion of VAT returns. You will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work. You will need to use a variety of data and information about a business to visualise and communicate key information needed for business decision-making.

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.



In order to gain the full qualification, all exams for these units will need to be passed. Exams are taken after each unit is studied.


The mandatory units are:

  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Businesses.


You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

Course delivery – online and on campus

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 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 8-10 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.


Entry requirements

  • Completion of Level 2 AAT Certificate in Accounting or already working in finance
  • Have a good standard of English and Maths due to working within finance
  • Interview with AAT tutor
  • Laptop/PC is required to complete work on the online Mindful platform


This course is assessed through computer-based exams and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification a unit at a time.


The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge needed for higher-level accountancy and financial skills which can be further developed by taking the AAT L4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.


Completing the AAT can lead to a wide variety of roles some of which include:

  • Accounts/ Finance/ Tax assistant
  • Accounts payable and expenses Supervisor
  • Finance Officer
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Assistant Accountant


Daytime and evening classes starting soon. For future start dates, please get in touch.



Our online AAT Information Sessions, provide further course information and the chance to discuss your career progression.


The sessions include a presentation by the Programme Manager providing insight into the learning programme; you’ll have the opportunity to speak to the course tutors at the end of the session.


Register your interest by sending your details to aat@nhc.ac.uk.


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