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AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

You will learn how to prepare financial statements for Sole Traders and Partnerships, the importance of management accounting information, and how to prepare VAT returns.

You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy and this will allow you to continue with your studies onto Level 4.

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1. Structure

To pass this level you’ll need to study four units (also known as subjects), which are all mandatory.


Entry requirements

You should have either passed AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, or you may be eligible for relevant exemptions if you’ve been working in an intermediate accounts role before enrolling on this course, or have achieved relevant A Levels.

If you are starting on Level 3, we advise that you enrol onto the Kaplan Introduction to Bookkeeping course, as there is an assumption at this level that you have a good knowledge of Double Entry Bookkeeping.

If you have a university degree in accountancy, or related, we recommend that you move straight onto ACCA, CIMA, or ACA.


Syllabus

At this level, you will learn how to prepare financial statements for sole traders and partnerships. You will also understand the internal and external business environment and the need for ethics and governance within an organisation. You will also understand the importance, purpose and techniques required for Management Accounting, as well as dealing with VAT and payroll processes.

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Units:

Compulsory
Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements (FAPS)

You’ll learn how to apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping, acquisition and disposals of non-current assets. You’ll prepare depreciation calculations, period-end adjustments and produce an extended trial balance. You will also learn how to prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships and deal with incomplete records.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 7 days/14 evenings
  • Live Online: 7 days/14 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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Compulsory
Management Accounting Techniques (MATS)

You will understand the purpose and use of management accounting and learn the costing and spreadsheet techniques required for organisations and the principles behind cash management. You will also investigate variances from budgets and use management accounting techniques to support short-term decision making.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 6 days/12 evenings
  • Live Online: 6 days/12 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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Compulsory
Tax Processes for Businesses (TPFB)

You’ll examine and apply VAT legislation requirements, calculate VAT, review and verify Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT returns, understand principles of payroll, and study the implications of errors, late filing and payment, and how to report VAT related information.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 2 days/4 evenings
  • Live Online: 2 days/4 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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Compulsory
Business Awareness (BUAW)

You will learn about different business types, structures, governance, and the legal framework they operate in and the impact of the micro and macroeconomic environment. You will also learn about the relevance of ethics in accountancy and how technology impacts businesses, but also the risk associated with it and the need for data security.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 3 days/6 evenings
  • Live Online: 3 days/6 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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You must pass all the unit assessments to be awarded a grade (70-79 for a Pass, 80-89 for a Merit or 90+ for a Distinction). The marks achieved in the individual units contribute to your overall grade.

2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning or studying online in your own time? Do you have family or work commitments that you need to fit your studies around? With four different study methods, we have a course that will meet your needs.

Study methods available for this qualification

Whatever study method you choose, you’ll benefit from high-quality learning materials, practical learning methods, hundreds of practice questions, marked mock exams and expert support even on evenings and weekends. You can be confident with Kaplan.

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  • Topic focused learning modules, containing tutor-led bite-sized videos.
  • Engaging activities designed for effective online learning.
  • Integrated programme to guide you efficiently through the whole syllabus.
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Every module and topic has been through a detailed instructional design process, which means we‘ve considered how to best explain each area and cement your understanding of the subject. This includes a variety of concise learning formats such as bite-sized tutor-led lectures, and activities to help link topics together. Every module is scripted and links on screen animations with graphics found within your integrated workbook. This provides a high quality online learning experience, which is so much more than a live recorded tutor session or even a tutor narrating highlighted text book visuals.

In addition to Academic Support, our team of Learning Coaches offer advice, guidance and support, on how to best learn and progress through your course. They use data to identify if you need extra support and will help you get back on track if you need it.

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OnDemand is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE resit resources, as well as ongoing tutor support. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

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A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor-led classes.

  • Classes with your peers at set times of day
  • Centrally located in most major cities: View all classroom locations
  • Access to our award winning OnDemand online learning resources
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Classroom is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE resit resources, as well as ongoing tutor support until you do pass. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

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The same as classroom, but live interactive online classes at a set time.

  • Interactive live lectures delivered online by our expert tutors
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
  • Access to our award winning OnDemand online learning resources
  • Full weekday, weekend, afternoon or evening classes available
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Live Online is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE resit resources, as well as ongoing tutor support until you do pass. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

Self-study materials and online resources for you to work through at your own pace.

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials
  • Study programme to provide direction
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Distance Learning is a complete course, which includes tuition, application and exam preparation resources in MyKaplan. The study programme guides you through the study text chapters and you’ll complete knowledge checks along the way to test your understanding.

You then attempt assessments online to help you understand how the real exam will look and feel.


Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

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3. Exams

Timings and working towards an exam

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Please note that the Q2022 Level 3 assessments for Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements (FAPS) and Tax Processes for Business (TPFB) will be released the week commencing 5th September 2022. The Business Awareness (BUAW) and Management Accounting Techniques (MATS) assessments will be released the week commencing 12th September 2022.

You can take your exams at any time as they are on demand. It is important you aim to book your exam as soon as you intend to finish your course. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment as this could disrupt your study plans. Please note, you’ll still need to book your exams separately. All assessments on this level are computer-based exams (CBE).

You’ll be awarded a grade (pass, merit, or distinction) based on how you perform across the qualification. Unit assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to your overall grade for the qualification.

How long does it take to pass?

Most students complete this level within 12 months, however this varies depending on the study method you choose. There is no specific sitting time for AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting exams, you can complete your exams all year round.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

The following materials are included in each course:

  • Study text
    A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities.
  • Pocket notes
    Our AAT pocket notes are pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass your AAT exams.
  • Exam kit
    The exam kit gives you plenty of exam style questions and answers to test your knowledge and practice.
  • Study programme
    Outlines the course structure.
  • Online syllabus coverage
    Covers key topics for Distance Learning and full coverage for other methods.
  • Integrated workbook (Classroom, OnDemand, Live Online)
    The integrated workbook helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It allows you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.

Classroom, Live Online, OnDemand and Distance Learning students will receive printed and online study materials.

To buy the materials separately...

You can buy AAT books for each subject on this level from Kaplan Publishing.

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Delivery costs

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How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

Delivery fees are as follows:

  • UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
  • EU - £35 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
  • Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example AAT Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements (FAPS). If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

Our standard delivery times for Live Online, OnDemand, Online and Distance Learning are:

  • UK – 3 to 5 working days
  • EU – 5 to 7 working days
  • Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days subject to availability.

Our standard delivery deadline for UK classroom courses is one week prior to the first course date.

Delivery charges apply to Classroom, Distance Learning, OnDemand and Live Online courses which include printed materials. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features

  • View your detailed study programme and online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback
  • Complete practice tests and get instant feedback
  • Track your performance by topic and easily identify where you need to improve; you can even compare yourself with others in your class
  • Take part in subject-level discussion forums with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • Use the mobile app to study on the move and access your study materials offline

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
Six months from last course date, with one free extension if requested, then £50 for a further three months.

Live Online
Six months from last course date, with one free extension if requested, then £50 for a further three months.

OnDemand
12 months from the start date, with one free extension if requested, then £50 for a further three months.

Distance Learning
18 months from the start date, with one free extension if requested, then £50 for a further three months.

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6. Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your AAT learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we’ll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students.

Academic Support opening times

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 1pm

7. Testing and Mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams. All study options come with the following:

  • Knowledge checks

    As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.
  • Consolidation test

    This is a test based on the topics you have studied so far in your course.
  • Progress test

    This is a test based on key topics to get you ready for the revision phase of your studies.
  • Two mock exams

    Practice your exam technique with mock exams with the feel of the real exam, so you can continually check your progress.
  • Additional video learning resources

    If you’re studying Classroom, Live Online or OnDemand, you’ll get access to the full OnDemand learning modules, found on MyKaplan.

8. Pricing structure

Unit prices can differ depending on your study method, location and the time you choose to study (if you’re choosing Classroom). Go to our study methods to learn more about each option.

Units are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether (for a discount), or separately as you need them. This also helps you split the cost to make it more affordable.

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The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is covered with our interest-free payment plan. The plan lets you spread the cost of your studies over 12 months, with no extra costs. To be eligible for the payment plan you need to spend a minimum of £500.

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