Level 3 Diploma

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AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

The AAT Level 3 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 four subjects, which are all mandatory. 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.

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 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 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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Business Awareness (BUAW)


You’ll learn about different business types, structures, governance, and the legal framework they operate in and the impact of the micro and macroeconomic environment.


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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.


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Management Accounting Techniques (MATS)


You’ll learn the purpose and use of management accounting and learn the costing and spreadsheet techniques required for organisations and the principles behind cash management.


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Tax Processes for Businesses (TPFB)


Learn how to examine and apply VAT legislation requirements, calculate VAT, review and verify MTD VAT returns, understand principles of payroll, and study the implications of errors, late filing and payment, and how to report VAT related information.


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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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Course overview

Timetables and study methods

Study methods available for this level

Live Online

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. 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. 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 nine to 15 months, however this can vary depending on the study method you choose.

Study materials and delivery costs

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

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 books for each subject on this level.

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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 - RM60
Rest of Asia/America - $47
All other countries - €40

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.

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 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)

Academic Support opening times (UK times)

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

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.

Consolidation test

This is a test based on the topics you have studied so far in your course (excludes TPFB).

Progress test

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

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.

Additional video learning resources

If you’re studying Live Online or OnDemand subscription, you’ll get access to the full OnDemand 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 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.

Live Online

Six months from the last course date, with a three month extension policy if required.

OnDemand Subscription

You will continue to have access to the course as long as you keep paying your chosen subscription.

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