Level 3 Advanced Diploma Accounting (AAT)

Start date(s):
18 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Awarded by:
AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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The course introduces more complex accounting tasks such as preparing accounts for sole traders and partnerships from a trial balance.

It also covers decision making for management by analysing the costs and revenues of a business and introduces accounting for VAT.
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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Accounting (AAT)

This advanced course will further develop your skills and knowledge for a career as an acocuntant.


This qualification is designed to enable you to master complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.


  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Ethics for Accounting
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Synoptic Assessment.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

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1pm-6pm or 4pm-9pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete five computer-based examinations throughout the academic year. These are set and marked by the AAT with the exception of two examinations which are assessed by your tutor.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

We have links with local organisations, such as Beamish Museum, Durham County Council, Northumbrian Water, Auckland Castle, South Tyneside Homes and Gentoo. Our links provide industry based guest speakers and educational visits to give you a valuable insight into accountancy in a wide range of business sectors.

Professional body registration:

Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper, or progress on to Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria.

You could progress to AAT Level 4 Diploma Accounting at New College Durham.

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Susan Bowman

Susan set up her own business, which had been her goal from the outset. 


No funding is available as this is a Full Cost Course.
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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Additional Costs

The course fees does not include AAT membership, text books or any exams needing to be re-taken following a failed first attempt.

Interview Instructions

Interviews are usually carried out over the telephone at a pre-arranged time. However, these can be face-to-face should you wish to come into the college. We will ask you about your current role, qualifications and experience to ensure that this programme is right for you. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes and it is quite informal.

Entry Criteria

You will be required to have completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate. Alternatively, you may be permitted to join Level 3 provided you can demonstrate achievement in other business/accounting qualifications, or have significant work experience in an accounting environment. If so, you will have a short interview with an AAT tutor to assess your suitability for the programme.