AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Level 3

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting – Level 3

What does the course involve?

This level 3 course is the 2nd stage of the AAT qualification, with a more in-depth investigation of financial and management accounting techniques.

This course is also available as an approved apprenticeship programme, with associated Government funding available.  If you would like to discuss this, please contact the apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@cirencester.ac.uk.’

Year by year

You will study:
• Advance bookkeeping
• Final accounts preparation
• Management accounting: costing
• Indirect tax
• Ethics for accountants
• Spreadsheets for accounting

There are individual assessments for all modules except ‘ethics for accountants’ and ‘spreadsheets for accounting’. There is a synoptic assessment that will cover all modules.

Students passing the course will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

Further information on the AAT qualification can be found at www.aat.org.uk.

We will be offering this L3 AAT course on Tuesdays between 12.30pm – 7.00pm starting on 8th September 2020

More info

There are no specific entry requirements for this course but students must be able to do manual book-keeping up to Trial Balance. It is likely that students will have the L2 AAT qualification or equivalent. You should also complete the ‘Skillcheck’ on the AAT website https://www.aat.org.uk/find-a-course/aat-qualifications-and-courses/aat-accounting-qualifications/aat-skillcheck

If you wish to discuss the course or the fees you will pay, please contact harriet.fraser@cirencester.ac.uk or ring  01285 640994.

When you wish to apply, please download the Enrolment form 2020-21 and return to the Student Journey Team, Cirencester College, Fosse Way Campus, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 1XA. Please note that places are limited and a place on the course will only be confirmed once full payment or confirmation of a student loan has been received.

AAT require that all students studying AAT courses that are employed, provide their employer name and contact details. This must be provided on the enrolment form, irrespective of whether or not you require us to invoice your employer for fees.

*Please do not buy books or pay the additional AAT registration and membership fees or assessment fees until you have started your course when your tutor will give full details.

Given the changes in government funding, fees for students will vary according to personal circumstances. Your personal circumstances at the start of the course will determine which fees you will pay and evidence of this will be required.

  • If you are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first full level 3 course (eg, A levels, NVQ level 3, some AS levels) you will not need to pay your tuition fees or first sittings of assessment fees. Course books will be provided.
  • If you are 19-23 and you already have a level 3 qualification or you are over 24 then you will have to pay fees of £1995.00. This includes tuition fees and first sitting of assessment fees. You may be eligible for a 24+ (Advance Learner) loan to help you pay for these.

Should you be over 19 and eligible to pay the full cost fees, there may be an option to take out an advanced learning loan. Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview. Should you need any further information about this loan, please contact Clare Hunt. clare.hunt@cirencester.ac.uk.

There are some additional fees:

  • When entering any AAT course you will be required to pay a one off registration fee of £44 and an annual AAT membership fee of £94.00.
  • Course materials (including textbooks) are estimated at £165.
  • In the event of resitting any assessments these will cost either £45.00 or £55.00 depending on the assessment.
  • You will pay AAT registration and membership directly to AAT at the start of your course.
  • The Lecturer will advise you about the books that you will need to buy in your first lesson.


Other than lesson times, you should plan for at least 6 hours of homework per week. Assessments are usually held on Saturday mornings (dates to be confirmed at induction).

No. We recommend that these students take A Level Accounting as part of their study programme.

This is not always necessary. Please speak to a tutor or email harriet.fraser@cirencester.ac.uk for further information, or check the ‘skillcheck‘ programme on the AAT website.

If you should have to resit any assessments, lecturing staff will advise and help you wherever possible. Most units can be resat within the normal assessments timetable, however the synoptic assessment may have a specific timeframe in which it can be taken. Resit fees will be payable: there may be occasions when invigilators will need to be come in specifically for a resit. Should this occur, costs for invigilation and remarking may be passed to the students resitting this specific assessment.

At induction your lecturer will advise what books you will require, and let you know the best place to get them from.

Students need to be logical and methodical thinkers, and enjoy problem solving. Although Maths is not a pre-requisite, a liking for numbers is essential.

Prospective students of this course are advised to check the AAT website for details of AAT membership criteria, in particular criteria relating to student’s personal credit history and financial dealings. This can be found at www.aat.org.uk.