Accounting AAT (Fast-track) Level 3

Financial management is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills is consistently high across all industry sectors.
Association of Accounting Technicians
The Accounting AAT Diploma is a fast-track to Level 3 and includes the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping. This intensive Fast-track programme provides you with an introduction to professional accountancy. Completion of the full AAT Diploma programme will allow you to work as a trainee accountant and provide a firm grounding for future training and progression.

You will receive foundation knowledge of accountancy through a mixture of classroom teaching and simulated activities to replicate the type of work you would be doing in industry. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

An AAT membership is also required to complete this course (not included in the course fee).

Course Info
How to make an Application
Welcome to Accounting
Course Content

Throughout the duration of the Accounting AAT Diploma you will learn the following;

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping (Level 2)
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls (Level 2)
  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements
  • Managing Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for Business

Assessment is achieved by external computer-based exams

Entry Requirements

17+ study programme only

  • 5 GCSEs (9-4) including English and Maths
  • Satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 3 qualification or equivalent A Level
  • Pre-assessment
  • An interview
What Can I Do Next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to work in an accounts department or become a trainee accountant. 19+ learners will be able to progress onto an AAT Accounting Diploma Level 4 after the successful completion of this course or Degree Level Study.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

****Applications for courses starting in September 2024 are now open!****

The application window for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications starting in September 2024 opens on Monday 2nd October at 12pm.

Before submitting your online application, make sure you have got an email address which you will check frequently and which is professional and appropriate for this purpose, and use this when you create your account. Submit the application as early as possible and remember to make a note of your USERNAME and PASSWORD details! You will need these later.

We have prepared a step-by-step video guide below – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Application Do's and Don'ts

Application Tips

If you have chosen the study programme you would like to apply for then you are almost there. We recommend that you read our handy application tips, watch our video and then make your application.

You can only apply for one full-time programme and one apprenticeship. You can do this together within the same application form, in what is known as a joint application.

Remember, you cannot study more than one core subject.  For example, you would not be able to study two full-time programmes in different subjects simultaneously. You would take Plumbing or Music, not Plumbing and Music.

Your subject will be your primary qualification and forms the bulk of your programme of study.

Application Dos

  • Apply as early as possible. We start accepting applications from 2nd October 2023 and have set an initial deadline of 31st January 2024 for a priority application on your chosen programme (subject to you satisfying the entry requirements), although we still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.
  • Think carefully about your course choice before you apply. Talk to your head of year or careers adviser at school to make sure you have explored all your options and have found a course that suits you best. You may wish to attend one of our open days to find out more before applying.
  • Make sure you attend any interviews or assessments we invite you to. These are a mandatory part of our process. They give you the opportunity to find out more about our courses, as well as allowing us to make sure you are on the most appropriate course for you. Some courses may invite you to attend a second interview or audition to demonstrate your skills and to ensure you are on the most appropriate level for you.
  • Please let us know if your contact details or address change. We will use a variety of letters, emails and texts to communicate with you throughout the process, and the information we provide is both confidential and vital to your application. If you move home or change your phone number and don’t inform us of any changes, you could miss some vital information.

Application Don’ts

  • Do not make multiple applications. If you are unsure, for example, of which construction/trade subject you would like to study, please only make an application for one of them. Likewise, if you later wish you had applied for a different course, please don’t worry – we can change your application. Whatever the reason for wanting to change, there is no need to make another application.
  • Do not use a school email address when you create your account. Remember, you will need to access this account later in the summer after you have left school.
  • Do not create another account if you have previously applied. If you have applied in previous years, please do not create a new account. If you are unsure, contact us to check which username and password to use.

Just call us on 01206 712777

Accounting AAT (Fast-track) Level 3
Course Outline: This intensive Fast-track programme provides you with an introduction to professional accountancy.
LevelLevel 3
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2024
Fee(s)17 - 18 year olds: Free
Level 2: £411
Level 3: £2,350
Plus AAT fee: More information on AAT membership and current fees can be found at


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