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Accounting and Finance Level 4 and 5

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Are you looking to pursue a career in accounting, or even further your knowledge in the field? Then this Ofqual qualified Accounting and Finance Level 4 and 5 bundle course could be just for you. You will dive into the fundamentals of accounting before completing an Extended Diploma in Management.

  • Learn more about the basics of accounting and the budgetary controls available, such as developing budgets for each department.
  • Understand how to assess the financial performance of an organisation can be assessed.
  • Study commonly used financial ratios such as liquidity, solvency and gearing, as well as how they can be used to determine the financial efficiency.
  • Study the external factors that affect the business operations such as economics and nature.
  • Explore the fundamentals of accounting and how to make good financial decisions.
  • Learn more about organisational structures and how it differs between organisations.
  • Understand how to evaluate employee performance and how you can improve as a team.
This course is only available to study online.

Course overview

This ATHE Accounting and Finance Level 4 course is combined with a Level 5 Extended Diploma and will give you the equivalent of the first two years of an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance. For those who want to broaden their knowledge in accounting, it has been designed to develop the essential understanding and skills needed to understand the accountancy and tax regulatory environment, what is expected of a professional accountant, and the operation requirements to succeed in accounting and finance. When moving onto the Level 5 Extended Diploma, you will learn about the importance of setting goals, business law, and more.

It is ideal for:

  • Students who want to develop their accounting and finance knowledge.
  • Learners that want to progress to university and further learning.
  • Those aspiring to progress their career in accounting, finance or bookkeeping.

Future career options:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Finance manager
  • Management accountant
  • External auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Internal audit
  • Business analyst

This course provides you with the equivalent skills and education of the first two years of an undergraduate degree, at a pace that suits you.

Join over 110,000 other students who chose to improve their education and boost their employability through distance learning.

Course Duration

Up to five years.

Course Outcome

You will receive an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance and a Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management.

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age and have completed secondary education.


Online and written assignments.

Course content

Accounting and Finance Level 4 603/3483/6

Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management – 600/4375/1

Extra info


This course is assessed through online assessments and written assignments. Once you have completed each module, you will be provided with an online assessment of 30 multiple-choice questions to complete.

Once each module and online assessment is completed you will be provided with the details for each written assessment. Each assessment is between 3000 – 5000 words long.

Course duration

You will have access to your course and materials for five years. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Each module contains 40 guided learning hours of study material, and an additional 30-50 hours of optional materials are also provided. These include resources such as exercises, additional reading, internet resources and self-testing exercises.

Study method

You will study this course by 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. All of  your materials will be posted or online, depending on the study method you choose. If you choose to study online, your login details will be emailed to you. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away.

One-to-one Skype sessions with your tutor will be provided, as well as interactive and informative webinars. Students can also get help from a community of students/tutors in an online social learning forum to help along the journey.

Course outcomes

This course is taught via Online Business School. Upon completion of this course, students will receive a Level 4 in Accounting and Finance and a Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management. This qualification is fully regulated by Ofqual.

The level 4 modules and assessments are equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, and the level 5 modules and assessments are equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree. On completion of this course, students will be able to progress onto a final year of an accredited undergraduate degree programme or equivalent.

Awarding body

ATHE is a global awarding organisation that is regulated by Ofqual and other UK and international regulators. They offer a wide range of courses that are orientated towards getting a job, which are approved as pathways to progress up to relevant Bachelors or Masters top-up degrees by 25 UK and international universities. The qualifications are designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to study at their own pace.

What next?

Upon completion of the Accounting and Financing Level 4 course and the Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management, you will be able to progress onto a final year of an accredited undergraduate degree programme or equivalent.

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


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