Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Part Time

  • Advanced
31 August 20202 yearsJuliet Burden


Students should ideally have one of the following:

  • AAT Level 2 or equivalent accounting qualification
  • Relevant Work Experience
  • Good level of Maths, English and IT

In addition, students will have to have successfully completed the following:

  • Interview with Course Co-ordinator
  • Skills Test on Double Entry Book-keeping set by Course Co-ordinator

Potential students who have only a limited knowledge or understanding of double entry book-keeping are likely to find it beneficial to enrol on the 6 week Basic Bookkeeping course through the Adult Education department at the college prior to taking the entrance test for AAT Level 3 (note this will not guarantee successful entry to the AAT).


The course is for those wishing to pursue a career in accountancy, and those who already work in this area and want a nationally recognised accounting qualification and this course can support a student in progressing onto the Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.


The AAT courses cover all aspects of accounting including financial accounting, management accounting and indirect taxation. A detailed prospectus is available for each level and more information is available on the AAT website at


Level 3 students will be required to attend college for 3 hours per week over two years. In certain circumstances students may be able to complete in one year if they could attend for two sessions each week. This option would require an exceptionally high level of commitment and students would need to discuss their options with the course co-ordinator prior to making any firm decision.

Classes will combine conventional lectures with practical task based learning exercises. In addition to scheduled classes students are provided with work books which they are expected to study and work through at home.

Students should expect to study at home for a minimum of 4 hours per week if course is taken over 2 years, and 8 hours per week if course is taken over 1 year. Students will also be given guidance on how to use the college intranet.

Assessment at Level 3 is primarily by computer based examinations set by the AAT.


On successful completion of level 3 the student may wish to progress to level 4.

On successful completion of level 4 the student will be highly employable in many accounting functions.  They will also be entitled to claim exemptions from some stages of the chartered accountant qualifications.  On completion of one year’s relevant practical experience the student will be eligible for full membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Students who achieve the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting also achieve 56 UCAS points.


If you require further information and/or advice about these courses please contact the AAT course co-ordinator, Juliet Burden.

Please note that students undertaking the AAT course will need to become a member of the AAT which comes with an additional cost payable directly to the AAT. Please ensure that you have checked that you are able to become a member by contacting the AAT directly or visiting their website

Concessions Available

Depending on you circumstances you may be able to get financial help with paying your fees. Visit our Financial Support page to see if you are eligible for help to pay your fees.

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