AAT – Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 3

Start Date:11/09/2024Day:Wednesday (exams are on a Tuesday)
Time:6:15pm – 9:15pmDuration:22 weeks plus exams
Qualification:Advanced Diploma in AccountingAwarding Body:AAT
Delivery:Classroom / Blended

About the course

This qualification will help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a bookkeeping role or to progress to higher level accountancy roles or study. Students completing this qualification will become competent in financial processes.

You will cover areas such as:

·         accounting principles and concepts

·         advanced bookkeeping

·         preparing financial statements.

You will also be introduced to:

·         business issues regarding payroll and value added tax (VAT), including an understanding of the documents and reports produced on payroll software, timescales for submissions and payments.


The two mandatory modules are:

·         Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

·         Tax Processes for Businesses

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in bookkeeping or those who looking to pursue bookkeeping/accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Entry requirements

Learners should have passed the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

If you have significant accounts/book-keeping experience, you can check whether you are ready to start at Level 3 by completing the AAT Skillcheck.

Students who do not hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications will be invited to sit an assessment to ensure that they have suitable skills for this qualification.

Basic IT skills are also required.

Students must become AAT Student Members before the course starts (fees apply).


This course is assessed through computer-based exams, which draw on and assess knowledge and understanding from across the qualification. Assessments take place at the College on Tuesday evenings.


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.  The course starts on Wednesday 13th September.  Classroom attendance is weekly every Wednesday.

Learners will study video lessons on demand from home and will also attend college lessons on a weekly basis. It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.

Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 5-6 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.


You can progress on to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here, please call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students must attend a college induction on the first evening of the course.


A £150 deposit is payable at the point of booking.
This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and may be fully funded for learners if they:

  • Are unemployed, employed or self-employed and earn below £25,000 annual gross income

Alternatively, you may apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of studying this course course fees. These loans are repayable when you finish your course and earn more than the threshold amount which is set by the government. Please see Advanced Learner Loan: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information or ask a member of the adult education team for more information.

Students who are not eligible for funding or a loan may choose to self-fund the course fees. The fee for this course is £1,415*. Students can apply upon booking to pay the balance in two instalments.

Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course.

If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.
Our qualification courses are government funded and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.

For further details see our Fees and Funding page.

*Includes first exam sitting only. Resits are charged at £100 for synoptics and £80 for exams.