International Access Programme

ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Accounting has been designed to develop the essential understanding and skills needed to provide the awareness of the accountancy and tax regulatory environment, the operational requirements for the accounting and finance function and what is expected of a professional accountant.

The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Accounting environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Accounting.

This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite. Extending the learning to more than one qualification will increase knowledge, understanding and the development of a range of study skills. It will also increase the total number of credits achieved so learners are more qualified to access higher education, higher level apprenticeships or employment.

The Level 3 Accounting qualification is available as a 60-credit Diploma. The qualifications are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

At a glance:

  • Provides 6 mandatory units for 60 credits
  • Designed with support from professionals
  • Graded Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Diploma is 600 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.

For more information, you can view the Qualification Specification.

Entry Criteria

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications.

Learners will need to have appropriate Level 2 standard in English and in particular Mathematics/Numeracy, so they can access relevant resources and complete the unit tasks and assignments.

Further Reading

  • Information Sheet
  • Request a Fee Structure relevant to your country

Membership of a Professional Body – the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA)

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Accounting can be studied as a pathway to joining the IFA Direct Programme and gaining IFA membership.  For further details click here.

ATHE qualifications can be used for progression to relevant bachelor’s and master’s top-up degrees through a growing number of UK and international universities.

The IFA is an internationally recognised professional accountancy membership body. It is a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) the global accounting standard-setter and regulator. Further details can be obtained from the IFA – www.ifa.org.uk or education@ifa.org.uk