AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Intermediate)

Further enhance your skills and prepare for the next step in your career with our Intermediate Diploma in Accounting. On this course you’ll master more complex financial processes, including final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, costs and revenues and professional ethics, making it perfect for anyone interested in a career in bookkeeping, or who wants to go on to become a fully-qualified accountant.

Undertake duties at an advanced level in financial or management accounting. A financial accounting role could include preparing final accounts for a sole trader or partnership and preparing VAT returns. A management accounting role could include preparing management accounts which are used to make critical business decisions.

Entry Requirements:

Unlike other qualifications there are no entry requirements with AAT and you don’t need relevant work experience. This means that our qualifications are ideal if you’re leaving school or college, returning to work or thinking of changing career.

However, do check with your training provider as they may have their own entry requirements.

Useful strengths

  • Confidence with numbers
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving

Course basics

Total credits37
Guided Learning Hours305
Assessment methodsComputer based assessments (CBAs)

Study at the right level for you

If you’re unsure which qualification level to study our helpful advisors can advise you. Call us on 2227 4470 – our lines are open Monday to Friday 08.30-17.00.

Once you begin your studies it is easy to switch to a different level if you are finding the course too hard or too easy.

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What you will learn

  • Comprehensive double-entry bookkeeping
  • Control accounts & reconciliation
  • Journals & suspense account
  • Accounting adjustments (assets, depreciation, stock, prepayments and accruals, bad debts and provisions)
  • Extended trial balance
  • Incomplete record techniques
  • Final accounts for a sole trader & partnerships
  • Indirect tax (VAT returns)
  • Cost and revenue information
  • Spreadsheets
  • Professional ethics


How long will it take me?

It will take you between 6 and 12 months, depending on your method of study.


What sort of job could I expect after completing this level

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Officer
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Tax Assistant/Trainee
  • Trainee Accounts Technician


Will the qualification lead to further learning?

This qualification offers your route to the AAT Accounting qualification at Level 4.

Completion of AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting gives a student 160 UCAS points. In addition more than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes offer exemptions to AAT qualified students enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees.

Furthermore, this can be a step towards becoming an ACA Chartered Acountant.


How will I be assessed?

AAT assessments are:

  • Practical computer based assessments (CBAs)
  • Designed to reflect real-life tasks
  • Flexible – you can sit them anytime of the year

Depending on the assessment, you may get your provisional results straight away


What if I have exemptions?

If you have already gained a relevant qualification you may be eligible for an exemption from some AAT assessments. This means you can fast track to study at the right level for you.