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AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 3

Course Code: AAT009
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Gain a recognised qualification in our Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping, from home!

  • Study double-entry bookkeeping, financial statements, VAT reporting, accounts for sole traders and much more!
  • Ideal for experienced bookkeepers looking to acquire further knowledge and skills, or for those progressing from the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Provides career progression with the opportunity of progressing onto the AAT Accounting Qualification or Computerised Accounting qualifications
  • AAT qualifications are recognised by all UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies and are widely sought after by employers

All course materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by email or via post, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Achieve your dream career and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

91% AAT examination pass rate over the last 12 months


Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Advanced Bookkeeping (GLH: 90)
    • Applying the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
    • Implementing procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
    • Preparing and recording depreciation calculations
    • Recording period and adjustments
    • Producing and extending the trail balance
  • Unit 2: Final Accounts Preparation (GLH: 60)
    • Distinguishing between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation 
    • Explaining the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation
    • Preparing accounting records from incomplete information
    • Producing accounts for sole traders
    • Producing accounts for partnership
    • Recognising the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader
    Unit 3: Indirect Tax (GLH: 60)
    • Understanding and applying VAT legislation requirements
    • Accurately completing VAT returns and submitting them in a timely manner
    • Understanding implications of errors, omissions and late filling and payment
    • Reporting VAT related information in accordance with regulatory and organisational requirement

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed by four AAT computer-based assessments, which are completed online at an external test centre. As well as six tutor marked assessments. This provides complete flexibility and the opportunity to progress more quickly if desired. Your tutor will help you to decide when you are ready to take the assessments.

    Course Duration

    This course takes approximately 200 hours to complete. You will have a year from your enrolment date to complete your course, allowing you to work at your own pace.

  • Study Method

    Once you enrol, you will receive all course materials by post and receive full tutor support for a year by email. Once you have registered with AAT you will also have online access to online resources and additional support materials, including sample assessments.


    On successful completion of your AAT exams you will receive a Certificate awarded by The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has been established for over 30 years and is a leading membership organisation for over 120,000 accounting professionals.

course questions & answers

What do I need to enrol onto this course?

You must be 16 years old in order to enrol onto this course, as well as have basic mathematical skills and IT literacy. It is also strongly advised that you have studied bookkeeping at level 2, or have experience and basic understanding of bookkeeping principles before studying this level 3 course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

To sit your exams, you must join AAT as a student member, which will then give you access to their resources.  It is your own responsibility to pay for your student membership and exam fees, which are both payable to AAT. You will also need to pay your assessment centre fee’s, which will be paid directly to them.

Benefits and fees can be found on the AAT website.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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