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AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting

Course Codes

AAT050 / AAT051

Take your accounting career to the next level with this AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting course!

  • Achieve this AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional 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.
  • Ideal for anyone looking to progress their career in accounting and finance.
  • Achieve this qualification from the comfort your own home, at your own pace.
  • If you add your exams to your enrolment, 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 Diploma in Professional Accounting course has been designed for experienced, knowledgeable accountants who are looking to take their careers to the next level. 

During your studies, you’ll explore several mandatory topics, as well as two specialist units which you can choose from the list of optional units.  

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 in your career. 

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

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Study Hours

985 hours.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive your AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting. 

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 16 or over to enrol on this course.


Five tutor-marked assessments and five exams.

Course content

Extra info

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have up to one year to complete your studies. The course will take approximately 985 hours to complete in total, of which 390 hours are proposed guided learning hours.   

Study method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress. 

You will pay a one-off registration fee of £244 which will give you access to the qualification for its lifetime, which is typically four to five years. 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 five units on this course from a mix of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units are: 

  • Applied management accounting 
  • Drafting and interpreting financial statements 
  • Internal accounting systems and controls 

You will also then need to choose two units from the following list of optional units: 

  • Business tax 
  • Personal tax 
  • Audit and assurance 
  • Cash and financial management 
  • Credit and debit management 


The qualification is assessed through five tutor-marked assessments and five external exams, 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. Your tutor will be able to help you decide when you are ready to take the assessments. 

Booking your assessments 

You can choose to add your exams 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 centres to complete your exam. 

Alternatively, if you choose not to add your assessments to your enrolment, you will need to book and pay for these separately. 

Course outcome

Once you have successfully completed your tutor-marked assignments and exams, you will receive your AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional 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?

The skills developed during this course will enable you to apply for the following roles: 

  • Commercial analyst 
  • Payroll manager  
  • Fixed asset accountant 
  • Indirect tax manager 
  • Tax supervisor 
  • VAT accountant  

Take a read of our ‘How to Become an Accountant‘ career guide.


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