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AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

This is the Intermediate Level of the AAT accounting qualification and also available as a standalone qualification. Level 3 is suitable for people:

  • with A-Levels
  • already working in an accounts role and looking to develop their skills
  • who have completed Level 2.
Syllabus information

Aim of the syllabus

Level 3 (Level 6 in Scotland) is the intermediary level of the AAT Accounting Qualification. It introduces you to more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns.

Level 3 units

There are six mandatory units:

  • Accounts Preparation (ACPR)
  • Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships (FSTP)
  • Cost & Revenues (CSTR)
  • Indirect Tax (ITAX)
  • Professional Ethics (PETH)
  • Spreadsheet Software (SDST)

Study time required

This will depend on the student, but we tend to recommend roughly 6 hours of study per week. Level 3* should take 6-12 months to complete.

More syllabus information from AAT >Link opens in a new window

Assessment method

There are two types of computer based exams for AAT - Computer Based Tests (CBT) and Computer Based Projects (CBP). For the 6 units that make up Level 3 there are:

  • 5 CBTs
  • 1 project

Results are available on request from a member of Customer Service staff immediately after sitting your Computer Based Test.

The project is marked by Kaplan and we will contact you with your results within two weeks.

Book your CBT online >

Exemptions and links to other papers

When you enrol, Kaplan will perform an initial assessment to help you decide the best level to begin the qualification. You can also complete AAT’s Skillcheck, an online test to guide you on to the right level where you should begin your studies.

To start straight on Level 3 it is fundamental that you have completed our 2 day bookkeeping course in order to have required knowledge for Accounts Preparation (ACPR). You do not need to sit the bookkeeping course if you have already completed Level 2.

You can sit the units in any order although it is recommended you sit Accounts Preparation (ACPR) before attempting Prepare Final Accounts for Sole Traders and Partnerships (FSTP).

Level 3 Course Options

Classroom PassPlus

An award-winning structured classroom course with dedicated tutor support face-to-face, by phone or email.

Price per unit from: £269
Full level price: £1,984

Save 10% when you buy a Full Level.

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Live Online PassPlus

A structured course but with the added flexibility of being able to study at home or work. Dedicated tutor support by live chat during lectures or email.

Price per unit from: £219
Full level price: £1,615

Save 10% when you buy a Full Level.

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Distance Learning Premier

Ideal if you prefer to study at your own pace from home. Includes eLearning, videos and dedicated tutor support by phone or email.

Price per unit from: £169
Full level price: £864x

Save £150 when you buy a Full Level.

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Distance Learning Premier Plus

Ideal if you prefer to study at your own pace from home. Includes eLearning, videos and dedicated tutor support by phone or email.

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Course prices do not include exam fees.

How can I pay for my course?

You may be eligible for government funding through an Apprenticeship for your Level 3 course or you could spread the cost of your course with an interest-free payment plan when you buy the Full Level.

If you’re not eligible for funding you can enrol online and if you are being sponsored by your employer you can invoice them during the checkout process.

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AAT Apprenticeships
  • Full funding for 16-18 year olds
  • Partial funding for 19+ (your employer will be required to contribute towards training costs; you may also be required to cover other costs)
  • Free, work-based training
  • Fees are paid for by the Government so you won't need to repay anything.
  • Call 01908 540066 for more info

Check your eligibility >

Payment Plans
  • Spread the cost over 6 or 12 months
  • No fees
  • Interest-free payments
  • Easily manage your monthly budget with equal monthly payments after an initial deposit

Apply now >

Advanced Learning Loans
  • Cover part or all of your course costs
  • Repay nothing until you earn over £21,000
  • Provided by the Student Loans Company.
  • Request a callback to apply

More info about Advanced Learning Loans >

*Funded students have to complete this level within 12 months.
Applies to students with ALL or PP funding and fee payers. Savings vary by level, location, study method and funding. Price displayed includes discount. Exam fees not included.
x£150 discount applies when a full stage of AAT AQ13 distance learning courses are purchased online in the same transaction. £50 discount when purchased offline. Prices displayed includes discount. Terms and conditions apply.

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