Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will usually take around one year to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as six months.

What you'll learn

In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. 

For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

For UK students, if you are considering going on to study at university, this qualification will also attract UCAS points. Based on size, grade and equivalence to the Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting (QCF), we expect that this qualification will attract 56 UCAS points. An updated tariff should be published in July/August 2017.

More information on the current tariff for applications to HE from September 2017 can be found on the UCAS website

Achieve professional AAT bookkeeping membership
If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.


  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Advanced Diploma Synoptic Assessment

    (The synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context. Scenarios will change over time to ensure the validity of the assessment)

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Practice Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant


  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee
Training provider fees £900–£2000

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
AAT assessment fees £46–£52 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. Additional administration fees may be charged by your training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT registration fees
  • £150 for UK students
  • £140 for international students

Paid to AAT. The fees cover:

  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee


Check the funding options available.


Level Level 3 (Level 6 Scotland)
A Level /AS Level (grades A–E)
Key Stage 5 Technical Certificate
Total credits 53
Guided learning hours 390

What next?

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.


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