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Subject area: Business & Management
Start Date: September
Study mode: 1 year (1 day per week, 34 weeks)
UCAS code: n/a
Awarding body: Subject to validation (AAT)

Tuition fees for this course is £2,450 (subject to change). 

Course Overview

The Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting will allow you to learn higher accounting tasks and qualify for a range of senior finance roles. You will hone skills such as drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. You will study a mix of core and optional specialist units such as business tax, external auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management. The course is suitable for students who have completed NVQ Level 3 or have a Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Course Highlights

Study one day a week to gain higher-level accounting skills! AAT provides a recognised qualification and a membership body for accounting support staff working in accounting practice, industry and commerce and the public sector. The course covers higher accounting tasks and can lead to a range of more senior finance roles.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional organisation for Accounting Technicians. As part of this qualification, you will gain full AAT member status.

You will be required to attend timetabled sessions typically six hours per week over 34 weeks (term time) at our Croydon campus close to East Croydon station. (Online options available, please enquire).

The programme is delivered in small, focused groups by experienced tutors. Learning, teaching and assessment strategies provide students with a range of active opportunities to engage and develop understanding, apply knowledge and practice subject specialist as well as transferable and cognitive skills.

The course comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options (420 guided learning hours in total). 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.

Note units are subject to approval/change.

Please note this course is subject to validation.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting 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.

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 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is the industry-recognised pathway to a successful accounting and finance career. Recognised by large and small employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you are already working in accountancy and finance or looking to gain skills in order to change career


All assessments in this course are set and marked by AAT. The assessments are computer based and time limited. Students must successfully complete the three mandatory unit assessments and one synoptic assessment plus unit assessments for two optional units to achieve this qualification.

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 work place 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. While tasks generally do not have to be completed in a specific order, students are encouraged to proceed through them in the order in which they are presented.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for students who have completed NVQ Level 3 or have a Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.