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AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

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9 months · Self-paced
AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 3
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Study AAT level 3 bookkeeping from home with a multi-award-winning specialist college.

You'll enjoy our highly effective learning, with lessons and activities both printed and online. You’ll also access our professionally-produced video lessons. And our tutors help you every step of the way.

Our study material is unique to us and unavailable elsewhere.

We have 27 years of experience with more 5-star course completion reviews on Feefo & Trustpilot than anyone else. And we’ve won over 20 awards for academic excellence including Best New AAT Provider in 2018, and Training Provider of the Year by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers 11 times.

We were 1 of only 2 distance learning providers to have offered the brand-new syllabus early as part of AAT’s pilot scheme.


AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 3

Regulated by Ofqual

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You'll study this course using study manuals written by our own in-house tutors. And you'll use our online learning platform to submit assessments, watch our videos, and take our mock exams.

Tutor support is by phone and email and this is an area we really pride ourselves on - we'll support you every step of the way.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements

You will gain the skills to produce statements of profit or loss, statements of financial position for sole traders, and partnerships using a trial balance. In your job, you may be required to prepare the final accounts and this unit will give you the theoretical knowledge needed to do this.

It will also allow you to understand how final accounts are produced, either manually or by using accounting software.

  • Understand the accounting principles underlying final accounts preparation
  • Understand the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
  • Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  • Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  • Record period end adjustments
  • Produce and extend the trial balance
  • Produce financial statements for sole traders and partnerships
  • Interpret financial statements using profitability ratios
  • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information

Unit 2 – Tax Processes for Businesses

This unit explores tax processes that influence the daily operations of businesses. It helps you develop skills in understanding, preparing, and submitting value-added tax (VAT) returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

You will gain the knowledge and skills to keep businesses compliant with laws and practices that apply to VAT and payroll. You will learn about legislation and the importance of maintaining technical knowledge by monitoring updates.

  • Understand legislation requirements relating to VAT
  • Calculate VAT
  • Complete VAT returns
  • Understand principles of payroll
  • Report information within the organisation

Who is this course for?

The qualification is suitable for:

  • Those looking for a career as a bookkeeper - either employed or self-employed
  • Career changers
  • School leavers


You need to hold a Level 2 AAT Bookkeeping qualification or equivalent.

A good understanding of the English language is essential.

Career path

Skills developed through this qualification could lead to employment as:

  • a Professional Bookkeeper
  • a Senior Bookkeeper
  • an Accounts Manager
  • a Ledger Manager

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