Accounting (AAT)

Qualification: AAT Professional Diploma
Level 4

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About this course

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for you if you wish to pursue or progress your career in accountancy and or finance.

The purpose of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting, enabling you to maximise opportunities in your current or new employment.

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification will suit those who:

  • Have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting and who would like to continue to build their accounting skills
  • Are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills
  • Would like to go on to become an AAT full member and/or study for chartered accountant status
  • Would like to start their own business through the AAT-licensed member in practice (MIP) scheme

The course includes all materials, books and exam fees.

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

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What you will learn

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. You will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications, and gain competencies in: drafting financial statements for limited companies; recommending accounting systems strategy; and constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports. You will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management.

This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options.

The mandatory units are:

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls

The optional units are:

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • External Auditing
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management

Employers also contribute to the development of AAT qualifications. A student who passes an AAT assessment is passing a test of real workplace skills, set in a real workplace scenario context, which has been reviewed by practitioners and industry experts.

Learning style

There is a blended mix of classroom activities, computing work, realistic simulations and group work.


All units are assessed via computerised skills tests and course work.

Entry requirements
  • Completed AAT Level 3 or
  • A degree in Accounting

You will also be required to attend an interview in college with the course tutor and complete a Literacy and Numeracy assessment. Proof of your qualifications will be required to be shown at the time of interview. 

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
15/09/20 18:00 - 21:00 (Tue & Thu) 1 year Main campus £2,275* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
17/09/20 09:00 - 16:30 (Thu) 1 year Main campus £2,275* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learner Loan)
What next?

Once qualified, you automatically become an AAT affiliate member and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow you to use the designatory letters MAAT after your name.

However, the primary and most important outcome of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is that it can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which include:

  • Professional accounting technician
  • Assistant auditor
  • Assistant management accountant
  • Commercial analyst
  • Payroll manager
  • Senior bookkeeper
  • Senior financial officer
  • Accounts payable
  • Assistant financial accountant
  • Cost accountant
  • Fixed asset accountant
  • Indirect tax manager
  • Payments and billing manager
  • Senior fund accountant
  • Senior insolvency administrator
  • Tax supervisor
  • VAT accountant
Additional information

The course includes all materials, books and exam fees.

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