AAT: Accounting - Level 3 Diploma (Distance Learning)

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncgdirect.co.uk for more information.

Duration: 12 Months

Venue: Distance Learning

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The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading professional body for accounting technicians.

The aim of this qualification is to enhance the skills developed in the introductory level. You’ll master more complex financial processes, including final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics.

As a standalone qualification, or as a first step towards the intermediate and advanced levels, it will allow you to move up to further study in accountancy and finance.

For further details contact our enquiries team on:

Tel: 0191 226 6313

email: enquiries@ncgdirect.co.uk

Or visit: www.ncgdirect.co.uk

The intermediate level will suit you if:

  • You’ve completed the introductory accounting level and would like to build your skills
  • You’re already working in finance and you’d like a formal recognition of your skills
  • You would like to go onto be an AAT full member or study for chartered status

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting


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The level 3 Diploma consists of 6 units

Accounts Preparation

  • Understanding accepted principles of accounting and double-entry bookkeeping
  • Understanding accounting methods of recording non-current assets
  • Accounting for purchase of non-current assets
  • Accounting for depreciation and adjustments
  • Accounting for disposal of non-current assets
  • Preparing and extending the trial balance.

Prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships

  • Understanding the process involved in preparing final accounts
  • Preparing accounting records from incomplete information
  • Producing final accounts for sole traders
  • Understanding partnerships’ legislative and accounting requirements
  • Preparing a statement of profit or loss appropriation account
  •   Preparing a financial position statement relating to a partnership.

Cost and revenues

  • Understanding an organisation’s costing systems
  • Recording and analysing cost information
  • Apportioning costs to organisational requirements
  • Analysing budget deviations and reporting these to management
  • Using information gathered from costing systems to assist decision making.

Professional ethics

  • Understanding principles of ethical working
  • Understanding ethical behavior when working with internal and external customers
  • Understanding when and how to take appropriate action following suspected ethical codes breaches
  • Understanding the ethical responsibility of finance professionals in promoting sustainability

Indirect tax

  • Understanding VAT regulations
  • Completing VAT returns accurately and on time
  • Understanding VAT penalties and adjusting for previous errors
  • Communicating VAT information.

Spread sheets Software

  • Using a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Selecting and using appropriate formulae and data analysis tools and techniques
  • Presenting, formatting and publishing spreadsheet information.
  • A Personal On-line Tutor who will guide and support you through your studies
  • Learner view is where you can access your course site, set targets, view tutor notes and access assessments grades.

NCG Online Course Site

You will have access to a course site which will contain all the necessary learning materials, tools, support and information required to enable you to successively complete your course. This will include:

You will be assessed using a range of methods including written assignments and exams


After successfully completing the introductory diploma in accounting you can study – the AAT Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Distance Learning) with NCG Direct.

Accounts Assistant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Accounts Payable Clerk Assistant Accountant, Audit Trainee, Bookkeeper, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller, Finance Assistant, Insolvency Executive, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Supervisor, Practice Bookkeeper and Payroll, Tax Accountant, Tax Assistant

After completing the intermediate level of the AAT Accounting Qualification your typical salary range will be between £11,000 to £24,000.

This salary range is taken from AAT’s 2013 Salary Survey for people working full-time. The range represents the middle 75% at this level of the qualification.

Level 3 qualification/s or evidence of appropriate work experience

£ 995.00

The cost of this course is £995; however there are additional fees to pay as listed below.

Additional Fees
Learners are required to pay for the AAT admission, membership and assessment fees. These fees vary depending on personal circumstances. For a full list of fee costs please go to; https://www.aat.org.uk/

Current AAT fees;

Admission Fee - £41
Annual Membership Fee UK - £88

Annual Membership Fee International - £40 per Assessment

For further information please contact NCG Direct on 0191 2266313

Additional Information
If you’re over 24 years of age, this course can be funding using the governments 24+ Advanced Learner Loan system, you won’t pay anything until your course is finished and then you only start paying back when/if you earn over £21,000 per year. LARA Ref Number: 60069089

NCG Direct also offer a system for monthly installments, please see our website for more details www.ncgdirect.co.uk

Alternatively your course can be funded by your employer, please contact our enquiries for further details on 0191 226 6313 | enquiries@ncgdirect.co.uk

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