AAT Level 4 (Professional) Diploma in Accounting

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18 months
AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4
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The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is the most advanced AAT accounting qualification. It’s ideal for accountants, who are looking to train towards attaining professional MAAT status.


AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4


Course Structure

This professional level covers complex and advanced finance processes and topics. Students will be able to draft financial statements for limited companies, recommend strategy for accounting systems, and build and present complex management accounting reports.

This course comprises of six units. This includes the four mandatory units, plus two out of the four optional units.

Mandatory Units

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

Optional Units (choose two):

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


The units of this level are:

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financials Statements of Limited Companies.
  • Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment
  • Business Tax (optional)
  • Personal Tax (optional)
  • Credit Management (optional)


Management Accounting: Budgeting

  • This unit is about the use of budgeting for planning, coordinating and authorising the activities of an organisation and for controlling costs.
  • The unit provides skills and knowledge to improve the performance of an organisation by setting targets, constructing achievable plans and monitoring results.
  • Students will develop a range of skills within the context of planning and control.

Management Accounting: Decision and Control

  • This unit is one of the mandatory Professional level units. It takes students from Advanced level costing principles and prepares them to be valuable members of a management accounting finance team.
  • A student who has successfully completed this unit, together with the Professional level unit, Management Accounting: Budgeting, should be a useful member of a management accounting team.
  • This unit teaches students management accounting principles and concepts.

Financials Statements of Limited Companies.

  • This unit is concerned with the drafting, analysis and interpretation of financial statements of limited companies.
  • On successful completion of this unit, a student could be expected to be able to draft the financial statements of single limited companies and groups of companies with little supervision.
  • The unit provides students with the skills and knowledge for drafting the financial statements of single limited companies and consolidated financial statements for groups of companies.

Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment

  • This unit aims to enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the role of the accounting function in an organisation and the importance of internal controls in minimising the risk of loss.
  • Students will then make recommendations to address the weaknesses, having regard for the costs and benefits, the sustainability and the impact of those recommendations on users of the accounting system.

Business Tax (optional)

  • This unit introduces the student to UK taxation relevant to businesses.
  • In learning how to prepare tax computations, students will gain skills in the tax treatment of capital expenditure, and the adjustment of accounting profits for tax purposes for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
  • The student will become familiar with the completion of tax returns.

Personal Tax (optional)

  • This unit is about the key aspects of taxation that affect UK taxpayers.
  • It covers income tax, National Insurance (NI), capital gains tax and inheritance tax.
  • This unit provides students with the underpinning theory on taxation, such as what makes for a fair and equitable taxation system.

Credit Management (optional)

  • This unit is about understanding and applying the principles of effective credit control in an organisation.
  • Students will require an understanding of the principles of credit control in the
    context of relevant legislation, contract law, best practice, professional ethics and organisational policies.
  • Students will gain knowledge of sources of information and techniques used to assess credit risks in compliance with organisational policies, data protection legislation and professional ethics.

Student Support

Unlimited support is available from a professionally qualified AAT tutors and our excellent Student Support Team.


The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians. AAT qualifications are the gold standard in practical accounting - they train over 70,000 people around the world each year, and award more than 90% of all vocational accounting qualifications.

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus) is worth 56 UCAS credits. It sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 4, or Level 8 in the Scottish system.

Additional Fees

Before sitting exams, the following fees must be paid:

  • AAT Registration Fees
  • AAT Annual Student Membership Fees (can be included in payment plans)
  • AAT Exam Fees
  • Exam Centre Administration Fees

Our Student Support Team can supply the latest AAT fee information and advise on how to pay them. Exam centre fees will vary depending on the centre chosen.

Employer-funded courses can be enrolled as an all-inclusive package including course, exam centre fees, and AAT Membership fees.

Who is this course for?

If you're looking to equip yourself with Chartered Accountant status, this AAT qualification will allow a fast-track route with all the major Chartered Accountancy bodies.


In order to enrol, candidates will need significant practical accounting experience or the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Our course advisors will be happy to ensure the selection of the right course.

Students wishing to enrol on this course must be 19 years or older with proficiency in the English language and the use of Mathematics.

Career path

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as:

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

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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