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Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting (Full time)

DCG offers a range of AAT qualifications that can be tailored to suit your individual needs. AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional organisation you will join, enabling you to draw on the expertise of AAT members worldwide.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting at DCG offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance. 

This qualification provides students with the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to further study in accountancy and finance. The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is suitable for full-time students. 

This qualification is a progression route for students who have achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. It’s also suitable for those who have already started their journey studying a related subject and are looking to develop their skills in accounting. 

If you are over 19, you may be eligible for funding AAT also offers a bursary for anyone 16 years old or over. Check your eligibility here:  

Skills and Education Group also provides grants which are designed to help overcome social barriers and allow those who wish to study to advance their skills in education.

You will need a minimum of grade 4 (C) in Maths GCSE and a good standard of English (grade 3), or you may have experience of working in an accounts office. 

Students should have completed the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and/or the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping. Prior completion of other business or finance studies would also be beneficial.

You will be required to complete an interview prior to the course and AAT recommends that students use AAT Skillcheck to ensure that they’re ready to start on a particular qualification.  The AAT Skillcheck will also be completed during the Induction Week with teaching staff.   

To be successful on this course, you will also need to be highly motivated and commit to out-of-class learning and revision.

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting covers a range of essential and complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications, including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication.

This qualification comprises four mandatory units:

  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Businesses.

This qualification will ensure that you are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. You will learn and develop skills needed for financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and preparing financial statements. You will gain an understanding of the business environment, technology used in finance and accounting, business issues regarding payroll and value added tax (VAT), issues in business, management accounting techniques, ethical principles, and sustainability considerations for accountants. 

This Level 3 course will help you to develop an understanding of business and its structure and purpose, as well as an appreciation of the wider business environment. You will also develop skills supporting complex financial processes, such as final accounts, reports and returns, use of technology to provide management accounting information, and completion of VAT returns.

This course will be delivered face to face on-site.

As part of your AAT course, you may need to purchase resource/text books to aid your revision.  

This qualification is now available under the new National Skills Fund Level 3 Adult offer. Please speak to our staff about Adult Funding for the full-time AAT Level 3.

The four units are assessed individually through computer-based end-of-unit assessments. 

After this course, you could progress to a course such as the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting.  Alternatively, you may wish to go into employment in an accounts or business environment.  We can help you if you are considering another AAT course, an apprenticeship programme, or a full-time Business course.

Skills developed through this qualification could lead to employment in roles such as:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Finance Officer
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...


Taxation Experts


Taxation Experts

Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks


Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks

Financial Administrative Occupations


Financial Administrative Occupations

Finance Officers


Finance Officers


Chartered and Certified Accountants


Chartered and Certified Accountants


Financial Accounts Managers


Financial Accounts Managers

Financial Managers and Directors


Financial Managers and Directors


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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 3:05 pm