AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

This adult course is a Diploma Level 4 qualification (above A Level standard) and equivalent to a certificate of Higher Education.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Professional Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 4
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length 74 weeks (444 hours)
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  • Fee £2590.00
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The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers higher accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. On completion, students will be able to specialise in areas such as tax, auditing and credit control.

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. This AAT qualification is a competence-based qualification that gives you the relevant and practical skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs.

This qualification would enable you to progress on to ACA, ACCA or CIMA professional accounting qualifications or enable you to join at the second-year stage of a finance degrees at many universities.

Wed 14-Sept-22 03-Jul-24 09:30-16:30 48 weeks Future Skills Centre P4PDECE0/2/1


  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls
Optional units will include:
  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Cash and Financial Management

You will be assessed through time constrained competence-basic external online examinations on each of the above units during the programme.

Teaching and learning methods:

Workroom based teaching and practice exercises to develop accounting skills, IT skills and exam preparation in computer suites. Sessions are delivered by highly qualified industry accountants.

Guest lecturers and workshops from professionals working with accountancy practice and a range of finance departments.

Advice and guidance sessions and careers workshops.

Next steps: 

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities. With AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting may lead to employment as:

  • 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
  • Accounts Payable
  • Expenses Supervisor
Entry Requirements

It is expected that you will already have the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting at merit grade or higher, GCSE Maths and English grades of 4 or above (or C or above) and a very good attendance record to show you have the skills and motivation required to succeed at this level.


You will study at our Future Skills Centre, which opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The centre includes provision for school leavers and adult learners and focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

Additional Costs

AAT membership (currently £150 per year.)

AAT coursebooks and question banks (currently around £150 for all required books.)

A basic calculator (that includes a square root button) and you will also need to bring the following to the first session: pen, paper and a folder to store class handouts.

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