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AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

Course Codes

AAT036 / AAT038

Progress your career in accounting with our AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification!

  • Achieve this AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification from one of the most respected and widely-known awarding bodies worldwide.
  • AAT qualifications are recognised both internationally and by all UK chartered and certified accounting bodies.
  • Accountants with an AAT qualification are highly sought after by companies of all sizes.
  • Boost your employment prospects and career development.
  • Study from home at your own pace.
  • If you add on your exams, we will book and pay for them for you!
  • Successful students can apply for full AAT membership and achieve professional MAAT status. 
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Course overview

This AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting course has been designed for experienced, knowledgeable accountants who are looking to take their career to the next level.

During your studies, you’ll explore topics such as business and personal tax, cash and treasury management, management accounting, and financial statements.

AAT is the world’s leading professional membership body for accounting technicians, working with members around the world. Their accounting courses are highly sought-after and as an AAT qualification, this accredited accounting qualification will help you to progress your career.

You will need to complete your AAT exams to complete and achieve your qualification. You can choose to add your AAT exams on to your enrolment. If you do not add your exams to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams.

If you are not a working professional or haven’t got any previous accounting qualifications, take a look at our AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting course.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Study Hours

Approximately 560 hours.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the AAT exams, you will receive your AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification.

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 years old to enrol on this course. It is also recommended that you have previously completed AAT Advanced Diploma In Accounting Level 3.


Tutor marked assessments, five unit exams, and one synoptic assessment.

Course content

Extra info


The qualification is assessed through five unit exams, and one synoptic assessment, which you will complete at the end of your course. This computer-based exam must be sat under controlled conditions at an external examination centre. The unit assessments will be available on-demand throughout the year, while the synoptic assessments are available on set dates throughout the year. Your tutor will be able to help you decide when you are ready to take the assessments.

You will complete three exams based on mandatory units, and two exams from optional units.

You will also have six tutor-marked assessments to complete that will help you track your progress and you can complete these in as much or as little time as you need.

Booking your assessments

You can choose to add your exams on to your enrolment. If you choose this option, we will book and pay for your exams for you. Our partner exam centres for students choosing to book their exams through us are based in Birmingham or Irthlingborough near Northampton. When choosing to add your exams to your enrolment, it is important to note that we are only able to book your exams at the specified centres in either Birmingham or Irthlingborough, and therefore, you must be prepared to travel to one of those centre to complete your exam.

Course duration

To allow you to study at your own pace, you will have up to one year to complete your course which is more than enough time.

Study method

Once you have enrolled, you will receive all course materials by post. You will study this course through distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work, it is completely up to you.

You will also receive unlimited tutor support via email for twelve months.

Once you have registered with AAT for your student membership, you will have access to their library of online resources and additional support materials, including sample assessments to help you prepare for your exams.

We will send an email with a link to download the free Sage software.

You will need to complete six units on this course from a mix of mandatory and optional units.The mandatory units are:

  • Management accounting: budgeting
  • Management accounting: decision and control
  • Financial statements of limited companies
  • Accounting systems and controls

Students may then choose from the following optional units:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • External auditing
  • Cash and treasury management
  • Credit management

Course outcome

Once you have successfully completed your exams and assessments, you will receive your AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting from The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Awarding body

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has been established for over 30 years and is the world’s leading professional membership body for over 130,000 accounting professionals. AAT’s vocational qualifications are recognised internationally and by all chartered and certified accountancy bodies in the UK.

What next?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to progress to a variety of well-paid jobs in accountancy and finance such as:

  • Assistant Auditor
  • Professional Accounting Technician
  • Assistant Management Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Cost Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT accountant

…and much more!


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