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In Short

The course is for those wishing to progress from the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting. Completion of the Professional Diploma gives eligibility for membership of the AAT* and exemption for parts of further accountancy qualifications, such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA.

(*upon completion of required workplace experience)

Entry Requirements

Completion of the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Course Content

There are specified units which make up the key roles of the accounting occupation at this level. These units are as follows;

  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Personal Tax
  • Credit and Debt Management
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

You will need a great deal of commitment, and will be expected undertake additional work as well as that done during college classes (on average 3 to 6 hours per week).

Further details to the content and syllabus for each of these units can be obtained from the AAT website (

Please note, the running of our courses are dependent upon student numbers therefore please enroll early to avoid disappointment. If insufficient numbers of students enroll on this course it may be subject to cancellation. In the event of cancellation any fees paid will be refunded in full.

How will I be assessed?

You are required to successfully complete a Computer Based Assessment for each unit detailed above.


Further accountancy qualifications, such as ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA


Text book purchases are required for this course at an approximate cost of £90. Additional revision books are also available. These books can be purchased through any online bookstore, or direct from the publishers using details that will be provided nearer the time.


Aged 19+ = £2573 This fee includes all aspects of the course, including tuition.

Exam resit fees are not included.

An Advanced Learning Loan is available for students aged 19+.

Textbooks will be required at an approximate cost of £90, payable direct to the publisher or your chosen bookstore.

All students will be required to register with the AAT as a Student Member. The fee for Level 4 is £240. Please see for more details.

Refund of fees will only be paid in the event the College cancels the course, or if you notify the College of your intention to withdraw from the course 2 weeks prior to the start date.

Fees – All fees quoted are for British/ EEA Citizens with settled status who have been resident in an EEA country for the last 3 years or have exceptional circumstances or exceptional leave to remain. If you are in any doubt as to your status please ask for advice on enrolment.

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AAT Case Study

“When I left school my dream was to become an accountant. I decided to start work immediately and then try and find an apprenticeship. But life took over and I lost sight of that dream.

When my youngest daughter was 5 months old I started working in a supermarket –not a bad job at all but I knew it was not the field I really wanted to be in.

In the summer of 2016 I saw an advert for an accountancy course at Weymouth College and decided to give it a go – I was actually convinced I wouldn’t be accepted (I only had my GCSEs and they would surely be out of date by now).

I thought the application process would be gruelling – but in actual fact it couldn’t have been easier, and my existing qualifications were fine.

I was also concerned – as a single mother – how I would be able to afford to follow my dream. But the College put my mind at rest, going through all my options and how they could help me to achieve my goal without financial hardship.  Before I knew it I had started my Level 2 AAT.

I passed my Level 2 exams and continued onto Level 3. When I started level 3 I also began working as a finance assistant, something I could never have envisioned doing 18 months before.

It was hard juggling college, work and childcare but I have an amazing tutor who was always there if I needed help. She was able to make things so much clearer, helped me get a routine in place  – certain days for studying,  days for working out, for working and for being a mother. Everything is possible if you put your mind to it, my children are proud of me and the college make everything so seamless.

For anyone thinking about starting a course but worried about how it will all fit in, how it will be funded etc. – don’t worry it will work and once you start you will never look back. It is never too late to start learning something new!”

Katie – embarking on her 3rd year of studying AAT at Weymouth College

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