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 units in bookkeeping and Sage ( computerised accounting ). 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).

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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Course Content

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

  • Bookkeeping
  • Computerised Accounting (Sage)
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Indirect Tax
  • Using Spreadsheets for Accounting Purposes
  • Understanding Ethics in a Professional Context
  • Management Accounting: Costing

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 AS/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!

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

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
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)17 - 18 year olds: Free
Level 2: £650
Level 3: £2,350
Plus AAT fee: More information on AAT membership and current fees can be found at


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