AAT Accounting - Level 3 Advanced Diploma
About the course
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy and finance. The purpose of the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study accountancy and finance.
Ideally, you will be working in an accounting or finance role, and will already have the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (or equivalent). Strong communication skills are a must and these will be assessed as part of a formal interviewed prior to full enrolment.
- Confidence with numbers
- Time management
- Attention to detail
- Problem solving
The AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. It comprises six mandatory units:
- Advanced Bookkeeping
- Final Accounts Preparation
- Management Accounting: Costing
- Indirect Tax
- Ethics for Accountants
- Spreadsheets for Accounting
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. They will also understand business issues regarding VAT, management accounting, costing techniques, and ethical practices for accountants. This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting. All of the units within this qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments. This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification
The accountancy skills developed through this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning. Students will develop skills including mastery of complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, spreadsheet use for accountants, VAT returns and professional ethics. Students will need to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that are well defined but also complex. They will be expected to take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within limited parameters, such as awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.
This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing progress onto the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and a route to higher education. More than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes currently offer exemptions to AAT professional members enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees. 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.
The roles you are qualified to perform after completing this qualification include:
- Accounts Assistant
- Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Assistant Accountant
- Audit Trainee
- Credit Controller
- Finance Assistant
- Payroll Administrator
- Payroll Supervisor
- Practice Bookkeeper
- Tax Assistant
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