AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

Subject: Accounting & Bookkeeping

Employers Students

Awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is ideal for those looking to reach the next stage of their bookkeeping career; for instance people who have previously completed the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, those who are working in small to medium sized businesses looking to enhance their existing skillset, and more experienced bookkeepers who require an advanced level of skill and knowledge on this subject. The advanced AAT programme covers a range of accounting practices such as double entry bookkeeping, indirect taxation, year-end adjustments and the drafting of financial statements.

As a level 3 qualified AAT Bookkeeper you may apply for professional status and use the designatory letters AATQB after their name. This indicates the highest standards of professional conduct and up to date technical knowledge.

As a student on this programme you will need to register as a student member with the AAT. You can register online at www.aat.org.uk. Your AAT membership will give you access to extensive e-learning resources, forums, networking opportunities and practice assessments.

Key Facts

  • Attendance: Half Day Release (Tuesday mornings: 9.15am-1pm) or Evening Course (Wednesday evenings: 5.30pm-8.30pm).
  • Duration: Five months
  • Next start dates: Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September 2019
  • Location: Godmanchester (Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake the AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping, competency in manual double-entry bookkeeping along with basic maths and English skills are necessary.

Course Content

This bookkeeping qualification offers a combination of classroom lessons, regular tutorial support and online study.
The following three units will be studied:

Advanced Bookkeeping

  • Preparation of final accounts for sole traders, developing your understanding of accounting systems and the environment and principles under which organisations operate.
  • Accounting adjustments and accounting for fixed assets.

Indirect Tax

  • Understanding current VAT regulations and building your knowledge of VAT registration requirements, different VAT scheme available, penalties for non-compliance and the different types of classification of supplies.
  • Performing the calculations needed to complete a VAT return.
  • Submitting completed documentation in a timely manner while maintaining an effective working relationship with the relevant tax authority.

Final Accounts Preparation

  • Legal requirements and preparation of partnership accounts, showing division of profits after adjusting for interest on capital, interest on drawings and any salaries due to each partner.
  • Preparation of final accounts for partnerships and developing skills in restructuring accounting information.
  • Preparing final accounts for sole traders, including the accounting treatment required to incorporate accruals and prepayments, provision for depreciation, irrecoverable debts and allowance for doubtful debts.


Computer based exams or projects will be undertaken. As we are an AAT accredited exam centre these exams can be taken at College without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

Course Fees

Course fees can either be paid in full before the beginning of the course, on an annual basis, or via our ‘Pay As You Learn’ monthly payment scheme

If you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, continued support and course access is available by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification is achieved.

Full Fee Pay As You Learn
£1,049 £210 per month

Awarding Body Fees*

You will also be required to pay AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £129*) and textbooks.

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in AAT course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What Next?

On completion of this Level 3 bookkeeping course, many students choose to continue their studies by pursing a related qualification, such as the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, in order to build upon their existing skillset and gain more understanding of the business environment. Your Level 3 Bookkeeping qualification will give you exemptions from certain modules within this.

As a level 3 qualified AAT Bookkeeper you may apply for professional status and use the designatory letters AATQB after your name. This indicates the highest standards of professional conduct and up to date technical knowledge.

A formal qualification in bookkeeping produces fantastic career prospects, as the ability to record and manage financial activity is relevant across a wide range of industries. For example, there are opportunities to work as an assistant accountant, accounts payable clerk, or credit controller; or pursue more specialist roles within the larger finance departments of bigger organisations. You could even use your new found skills to set up your own business.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with CAW Business School, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect


What our AAT students say…

We asked our students what aspects of their AAT course they have most enjoyed. Here are some of the things they had to say!

  • “Learning new skills, socialising with people within a similar field of work and with similar goals”
  • “I have really enjoyed the classes and follow up activities for homework. The resources are very good”
  • “Manageable sections. Broken down so not overloaded with information”
  • “Good tutor making a hard subject easy to understand with good examples”

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