Business and Management

Accounting Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This course will start in September and run for two years.

Entry requirements

You will need Foundation Certificate Accounting Level 2.

You will achieve

Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)

Course overview

Move forward in your finance career with an AAT qualification, opening doors to chartered accountancy, university, being self employed and more.  In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

As an accountant you’ll give advice, audit accounts and provide trustworthy information about financial records. This might involve financial reporting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, corporate finance, business recovery and insolvency, or accounting systems and processes.

You’ll have the choice of many different settings to work in, including public practice firms and industry and commerce, as well as in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Working strategically, your aim will be to maximise profitability on behalf of your client or employer.

Gaining an accountancy qualification will stand you in good stead for the future as accountants are in demand in a variety of sectors and organisations.

You could work in business or finance, the public sector, the charity sector or public practice (those who work in public practice offer accountancy services to clients). You could choose to work for anyone from a large international accountancy firm to a small local business. And you can work in general practice or specialise in areas such as:

  • Auditing – conducting independent checks on organisations’ financial statements
  • Tax – eg dealing with tax returns or advising organisations about tax
  • Corporate finance – advising businesses about mergers and acquisitions
  • Business recovery and insolvency – steering businesses through difficulties or winding them up
  • Forensic accounting – detecting and preventing fraud

Course content

  • Advanced bookkeeping
  • Final accounts preparation
  • Management accounting: costing
  • Indirect tax
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Spreadsheets for accounting

Accounting Advanced Diploma course specifications


You will be assessed by computer based examinations throughout the course as well as some project work. There will be a synoptic assessment at the end of each level, which will assess knowledge and understanding of the whole qualification.

You will need to provide your own calculator, writing materials, USB stick and accounting text books. You will also need to organise and pay for your own AAT membership and pay for any resits required.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

You can move into employment within a company, self-employment or further study. Universities and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemptions to those who are AAT qualified.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

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Accounting Level 3 Full-time

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