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AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping

The AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping offers progression for those who already have bookkeeping knowledge at Foundation level, either to gain employment in a bookkeeping role or to further study. This qualification is suitable for those who have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and may help students already working in a bookkeeping role to progress by offering them formal recognition of their skills. 


Students may wish to choose the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping to focus solely on developing their bookkeeping skills in order to progress quickly to employment or to focus on becoming a bookkeeper. Students may also wish to start with the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping before progressing to complete the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting in order to gain a wider knowledge of accountancy. 


The purpose of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the advanced bookkeeping skills necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy. A student completing this qualification will understand advanced bookkeeping principles and concepts, preparation of financial statements for sole traders and partnerships, and issues around indirect tax (VAT in the UK) in business. All of this will be learned in the context of the ethical issues that a bookkeeper may encounter in their professional life.


Are there any prerequisites for this qualification?

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. 


What does the qualification cover? 

Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out advanced bookkeeping transactions and tasks in three mandatory units. The qualification is composed of three mandatory units, assessed in three end-of-unit assessments: 

  • Advanced Bookkeeping 
  • Final Accounts Preparation 
  • Indirect Tax.



Students must successfully complete three unit assessments to achieve this qualification. The assessments in this qualification are computer based with a time restriction. Students will be presented with a range of question types and formats in the assessment. These may include multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal. In some assessments, questions will require a written answer. 


How long is the course?


This qualification will take approximately 6 months to complete, but this will depend on the study method and course timetable.


The estimated learning hours for this course is 210 hours. This includes lectures, tutorials or supervised study. Although this is not compulsory for all learners; some students may need more or less support to achieve this qualification. 


It is recommended that the total qualification time is 280 hours. This includes learning hours and any independent study and unsupervised learning. 


What can this qualification lead to?


The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning. The skills developed in the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as: 

  • A professional bookkeeper 
  • A senior bookkeeper 
  • An accounts manager 
  • A ledger manager.

Sepera College has a variety of study methods available, giving you the flexibility to choose what best suits you and your lifestyle:

Online – Self-study

If you are a self-starter and like to study at your own pace, our online self-study structure is perfect for you. As an online student, you will have full unlimited access to tutorials, lectures and video content on the Sepera Student Panel.  


This option gives you the flexibility to pick and choose when to study, perfect for those always on the go!

Level 3 - Online

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Online - Webinar Courses

If you want to study remotely but still want to participate in classes, then our webinar course is the ideal solution for you. Our distance learning programme allows you to acquire all relevant knowledge from specialists at the comfort of your own home. 


After purchasing the course, you will receive a link to access weekly classes where you will be able to interact with the tutor as if you were sitting in the classroom with them. 


Webinar lessons will commence at an allocated time each week. The session begins with a lecture delivered by a tutor and moves on to discussions and group activities, ensuring you understand the material. Each webinar is recorded and posted to the Sepera Student Panel for you to access and review at a later date – perfect for revision!

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Classroom Based Courses

Learn accounting at our Campus based live classroom in London

Traditional classroom courses held in our Training Centre in London on weekends. Students will be provided with e-books and will have unlimited access to the Sepera Student Panel to view tutorials, lectures and video content. Students can also participate in weekly webinars. 




Due to the unforeseen pandemic and government guidelines, we are unable to currently provide this service. If you are interested in online private one-to-one tuition, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to arrange this. 

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Module Assessments

Alternatively, you can simply pay for the cost of sitting a module examination with us: 

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The AAT Accounting qualification provides the perfect pathway to a successful career in finance and accountancy. We are one of the UK’s leading AAT providers and offer students a unique mix of practical expertise with vital theoretical teaching. Whether you’re a school-leaver, re-training or returning to work, our courses offer the ideal route into accountancy.

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