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AAT Advanced Diploma

The AAT Advanced Diploma enables you to master more complex accounting principles in both Bookkeeping and Management Accounting. You’ll develop the technical skills to start, or progress, your career in accountancy.

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To pass this level you’ll need to study five subjects, which are all mandatory. Four of the subjects are examined individually and there is also a synoptic assessment. You’ll take this towards the end of the level. It incorporates the final two units as well as drawing on all of the other subjects you’ve studied at this level.

Entry requirements

You should have either passed AAT Foundation (Level 2), 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 have a university degree in accountancy, or related, we recommend that you move straight onto ACCA, CIMA, or ACA.


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


Please be aware, you can only buy up to four subjects in a six month period.


You’ll learn complex accounting techniques including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. You’ll master a number of accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

Bookkeeping (BK)


You’ll learn how to record basic business transactions using debits and credits as well as other double entry bookkeeping principles.

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Advanced Bookkeeping (AVBK)


You’ll learn how to apply the principles of advanced double entry bookkeeping. You’ll prepare depreciation calculations, period-end adjustments and learn how to extend the trial balance.

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Final Accounts Preparation (FAPR)


You’ll learn how to prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, identify alternative organisation structures, and examine the regulations governing company accounts.

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Indirect Tax (IDRX)


You’ll examine and apply VAT legislation requirements, complete VAT returns, and study the implications of errors, late filing and payment, and how to report VAT related information.

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Management Accounting Costing (MMAC)


You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to understand the role of cost and management accounting in an organisation and understand how organisations use this information to make management decisions.

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Advanced Diploma Synoptic Assessment (AVSY)


You’ll study the relevance of ethics in accountancy and learn about unethical behaviour or illegal acts in your accounting role. You will also learn the relevant spreadsheet skills and techniques which Accounting Technicians will use on a daily basis.

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Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

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The benefits of a traditional classroom but with the flexibility of an online environment. Live interactive classes at a scheduled time delivered by expert lecturers following the same exam focused material and structure as traditional classroom courses.

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OnDemand gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, with unique online resources designed to give you structure, keep you motivated, and cement your understanding of the subject.

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Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

You can take your exams at any time, apart from the synoptic exam, where there are only six specific exam weeks for this unit throughout the year. 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 and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to your overall grade for the qualification.

Within the synoptic assessment you will be tested on an additional unit, Ethics for Accounting, as well as the three independent units, (Advanced Bookkeeping (AVBK), Final Accounts Preparation (FAPR) and Management Accounting: Costing (MMAC)). You must have completed your studies for all separately examinable units before you attempt the synoptic assessment.

How long does it take to pass?

Most students complete this level within nine to 15 months, however this can vary depending on the study method you choose.

Study materials and delivery costs

Live Online and OnDemand students will receive printed and online study materials.

Materials included in every complete course:

Study text

A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities.

Integrated workbook

The integrated workbook helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It helps you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.

Exam kit

The exam kit gives you plenty of exam style questions and answers to test your knowledge and practice.

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.

Online syllabus coverage

Covers key topics online, that can be accessed whenever you want.

Learning and assessment plan / study programme

Outlines the course structure.

To buy the materials separately

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

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Delivery costs

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:

Malaysia - 160RM
Rest of Asia/America - $47
All other countries - 25EUR

Our standard delivery times are:

Malaysia - 3 to 5 working days*
EU – 5 to 7 working days*
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*
*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges apply to all 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.

Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your 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):

  • LiveChat (instant feedback)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Online community (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)

Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams.

All study methods come with:

Knowledge checks

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

Mock exam

Practice your exam technique with mock exams with the look and the feel of the real exam, so you can continually check your progress.

Progress tests

These are short tests based on key topics to get you ready for sitting the mock exams.

Additional video learning resources

You’ll get access to the full video learning modules, found on MyKaplan.

MyKaplan: online learning environment

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

Online features
  • View your online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat or email
  • Complete tests and get instant feedback
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
  • Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for. All extensions are for existing content and do not include any updated content.

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Six months from last course date, with one three month free extension on request.


12 months from enrolment date, with a free three month extension on request.

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