AAT Professional Accounting Level 4 Diploma

This course follows on from the Level 3 Diploma and deals with more complex issues that Accountants have to master.

  • Study Mode

    Part-time

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Reading College

  • Pathway

    Accountancy

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional level course is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for full AAT membership and achieve professional AAT Accountant status. 

You can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of this course. Please ask a member of college staff for details.

Please note:

  • Classroom attendance is weekly every Monday and Tuesday.
  • This course is delivered over 10 months.
  • Membership with AAT is required.

In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as a range of optional specialist units. 

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Units of Study
The Level 4 course covers a range of key areas, including: 
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Business Tax
  • Credit and Debt Management 

These core units of study are assessed at unit level.
You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

You will benefit from regular classes with a college tutor. Your tutor will regularly review what you have learnt and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed through computer-based exams for each unit.

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to study chartered accountancy.

Career opportunities

The Diploma in Professional Accounting can lead to the achievement of professional AAT (MAAT) status.
Employment opportunities include:

  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant

You must have a sound knowledge of accounting principles to undertake the AAT Level 4 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is essential.

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