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 have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

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 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
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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