AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping is the final step in becoming an accredited bookkeeper following the AAT pathway and allows AAT learners to hone their bookkeeping skills following the completion of the Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping and Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.


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Course Overview

Take the final step in becoming an AAT accredited bookkeeper with one of the leading UK bookkeeping courses.

The AAT Level 3 Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate is the last module within the AAT advanced bookkeeping pathway. Once you have completed this module, you will receive a certificate to affirm your status as an AAT accredited bookkeeper, allowing you to begin your career in bookkeeping and accountancy with one of the UK’s leading bookkeeping qualifications.

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This module of the AAT Advanced Bookkeeping course is split into two main parts, Financial Accounting and Tax Processes for Businesses. These parts will include:

  • Advanced principles of accounting and double-entry bookkeeping
    Acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
    Preparing and recording depreciation calculations
    Recording period end adjustments
    Producing financial statements for sole traders and partnerships
    Interpretation of financial statements using profitability ratios
    Preparing accounting records from incomplete information

  • Legislation requirements relating to VAT
    VAT calculation
    Principles of payroll
    Reporting bookkeeping information within an organisation

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Frequently asked questions.

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  • As the final level in the AAT bookkeeping pathway, the AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate is equivalent to two A-levels.

  • The AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate is covered by our main AAT subscription, which can be paid for monthly or quarterly with our flexible subscription options, or can be accessed for 12 months with a one-off payment.

  • Studying for your AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate online allows you to study for a career in accountancy with full flexibility. With all course materials made available online, you can study from anywhere and work at your own pace, all without the need to attend in-person classes or lectures.

  • While the AAT bookkeeping pathway is well-suited to anyone looking to pursue a career as a bookkeeper regardless of previous experience, you’ll need to have completed the AAT Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping modules before beginning your studies towards the AAT Level 3 Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate.

    Some exemptions may apply for those with previous experience or with a relevant accounting or finance degree. AAT can advise on what level to start at should exemptions apply.

  • You don’t need any formal qualifications or experience to begin studying the AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate – you just need to have completed the previous modules in this course.

  • As this is the final unit in the AAT bookkeeping pathway, receiving your AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate will allow you to begin your bookkeeping career in an entry level position, with the opportunity to climb the bookkeeping career further.

  • Completing a full AAT qualification of your choice is equivalent to a higher diploma or first year university degree.

  • AAT bookkeeping and accountancy courses are designed to give learners with no prior experience the knowledge needed to work in an entry-level role. Anyone looking for management bookkeeping courses should consider studying a course with CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

  • After acquiring your AAT Level 3 Bookkeeping Certificate, you are an AAT accredited bookkeeper. This unlocks opportunities to begin your bookkeeping career in a wide range of entry level roles, such as junior bookkeeper or trainee accountant.

  • It takes around 6-18 months to complete each module of the AAT bookkeeping qualification, though this varies depending on the level of time you are able to dedicate to your studies.

  • Due to intellectual property laws, it’s not possible to download the majority of course materials. You’ll need an active internet connection to authenticate your account and access your learning content. However, some course videos are available to download and watch later.

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