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Advanced Apprenticeship AAT Diploma in Accounting - Level 3

Advanced Apprenticeship AAT Diploma in Accounting - Level 3


During the course you will study:

  • Preparing final accounts for partnerships and sole traders
  • Cash management
  • Providing cost and revenue information
  • Preparing and completing VAT returns
  • Spreadsheets

Entry requirements

You will need to have already achieved AAT level 2, either the NVQ 2 or the level 2 certificate. 

You should already be employed in an accountancy environment.

Start dates and fees

If you are between the age of 16 and 18 the apprenticeship is free of charge. If you are 19 and above your employer must pay a one off fee.

During your apprenticeship your employer is obliged to pay you a wage at the minimum rate for an apprentice.

On top of the course fees, you will also be required to join the AAT professional body, which may incur a charge.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

Depending on the individual, the course normally lasts one year to eighteen months.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by project and computer based formal tests.

Underpinning knowledge will also be delivered on day release.

If you are an external student and want to sit the Spreadsheet Software Assessment (Excel) at the college you are required to attend an assessment preparation class. Please email or call 01623 627191 ext 8561 for more details.

Success rates

The success rate for advanced apprenticeships in accounting is 80%.

What does the course lead to?

The following job roles: accounts assistant, assistant management accountant, semi-senior in accounting practive or finance assistant.

What will I study?

As part of your advanced apprenticeship you will cover the following: Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and Level 2 functional skills in English and maths.

What can I go on to study?

A higher apprenticeship or you can study a foundation degree. 

How do I apply?

Before you can apply for this apprenticeship course you must already have found an employer who has agreed to take you on as an apprentice.


Next steps

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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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