AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

Level 4 is a Diploma level 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 Bradninch Court
  • Course Length 48 weeks
  • Start Date see below
  • End Date see below
  • Day see below
  • Times See below
  • Fee £2633.00
  • Course Code see below

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.

Thur 10-Sept-20 09-Dec-21 17:30-20:30 Bradninch Court P4EDACE0/0/1
Fri 11-Sept-20 10-Dec-21 09:30-14:30 Bradninch Court P4PDACE0/0/1
Wed TBC TBC 17:30-20:30 Bradninch Court TBC

What topics will I study?

The AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting has mandatory units:

  • Financial statements
  • Budgeting, decision making & control
  • Accounting systems & controls
  • Professional synoptic assessment

Optional units can include:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • Credit management
  • Cash & treasury management

You will be assessed through time-constrained competence-based external online examinations throughout the programme, including a synoptic assessment (final examination covering all units).

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 hold the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting. However, it is possible someone may be eligible to begin at AAT Level 4 depending upon accounting qualifications already held and work experience (another equivalent level 3 qualification in accounting would be needed.)


You will study at Bradninch Court, one of our Professional and Adult learning centres and have access to the college’s Learning Resource Centres.

Kitchen facilities are available for learner use including fridge, kettle, microwave, tea/coffee etc.

Cycling friendly facilities (shower/changing area, bike locking stands outside).

Additional Costs

AAT membership (currently £140 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.

  • Have a question?

    If you have questions or would like to speak to someone, our team of Customer Service Advisers can help answer your questions or direct your enquiry to the correct team.
    Speak to us today on 01392 400500 or email info@exe-coll.ac.uk.

  • Ready to find out more?

    Why not come along to one of our open events, a chance to explore our facilities, ask questions about our courses and find out more about being a student at Exeter College. Visit our open events page to find out more today.

You may also like View all Level 4 Courses View all Accountancy Courses