AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting maximises opportunities for employment within a wider accountancy context. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue or progress their 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 students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment. By studying for this qualification, students will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers,
Students 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. Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management.
Are there any prerequisites for this qualification?
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.
If students do have any other relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, these will be of immense help. They may in certain circumstances entitle students to claim exemptions.
What does the qualification cover?
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. 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.
The assessments in this qualification are computer based with a time restriction. Students will be presented with a range of question types and formats in the assessment. These may include multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities such as making entries in a journal. In some assessments, questions will require a written answer, and this is particularly so in the synoptic assessments
Students must successfully complete the three mandatory unit assessments and one synoptic assessment plus unit assessments for two optional units to achieve this qualification.
How long is the course?
This qualification will usually take around one to two years to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as nine months.
The estimated learning hours for this course is 420 hours. This includes lectures, tutorials or supervised study. Although this is not compulsory for all learners; some students may need more or less support to achieve this qualification.
It is recommended that the total qualification time is 560 hours. This includes learning hours and any independent study and unsupervised learning.
What can this qualification lead to?
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.
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 and expenses supervisor
- 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.
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy can give qualified students exemptions towards all or parts of the UK’s chartered and certified accountancy qualifications.
The following chartered bodies offer exemptions to AAT students:
- The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Sepera College has a variety of study methods available, giving you the flexibility to choose what best suits you and your lifestyle:
Online – Self-study
If you are a self-starter and like to study at your own pace, our online self-study structure is perfect for you. As an online student, you will have full unlimited access to tutorials, lectures and video content on the Sepera Student Panel.
This option gives you the flexibility to pick and choose when to study, perfect for those always on the go!
Online - Webinar Courses
If you want to study remotely but still want to participate in classes, then our webinar course is the ideal solution for you. Our distance learning programme allows you to acquire all relevant knowledge from specialists at the comfort of your own home.
After purchasing the course, you will receive a link to access weekly classes where you will be able to interact with the tutor as if you were sitting in the classroom with them.
Webinar lessons will commence at an allocated time each week. The session begins with a lecture delivered by a tutor and moves on to discussions and group activities, ensuring you understand the material. Each webinar is recorded and posted to the Sepera Student Panel for you to access and review at a later date – perfect for revision!
Classroom Based Courses
Traditional classroom courses held in our Training Centre in London on weekends. Students will be provided with e-books and will have unlimited access to the Sepera Student Panel to view tutorials, lectures and video content. Students can also participate in weekly webinars.
Due to the unforeseen pandemic and government guidelines, we are unable to currently provide this service. If you are interested in online private one-to-one tuition, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to arrange this.
Alternatively, you can simply pay for the cost of sitting a module examination with us: