Level 3 Advanced Diploma Accounting (AAT)

Start date(s):
13 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 3
Credit Value:
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime, Evening
Awarded by:
AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

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.

If you are aged 16-19 and wish to complete this qualification, you must do so as part of an apprenticeship programme.
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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.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete five computer-based examinations throughout the academic year. These are set and marked by the AAT.

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
  • 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.


There is no formal requirements for you to undertake a work placement, however, it is preferable that you are employed within an accounting or finance role. A work placement will provide you with a great opportunity to develop your skills in a real working environment.


AAT Awards Rebecca Elliott May 2019

New College Durham is successful at AAT Awards

New College Durham received recognition at the annual AAT Awards dinner. 

You could progress to a Level 4 Accounting qualification at New College Durham.

Meet our students

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Susan Bowman

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


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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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 include AAT membership and the cost of sitting the exam. There will be an additional fee for text books or any re-sits for the exam.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College for an informal interview.

Entry Criteria

As a minimum you must have successfully completed the AAT Level 2 Certificate.