AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

Course Overview

Advancing on skills and knowledge gained from passing the AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) is the next installment.

Once completed, you will have a variety of options open to you, including studying towards a Chartered or Management Accounts qualification.

Some of the core aspects of the course include:

  •  Managing budgets
  •  Evaluating finance performance
  •  Drafting financial statements

With additional studying options:

  •  Business Tax
  •  Personal Tax

As one of the UK's largest AAT training providers, we have successfully trained 8,000+ AAT students and have some of the highest pass rates in the country.

We want you to pass your AAT exams and have a successful career in finance, so to help you best prepare, we have developed the most comprehensive AAT training package for AAT Level 4, including study books, and tutor support.

AAT Courses are offered by e-Careers Ltd, an AAT approved training provider.

Our Pass Rate

  • Level 4 82.2%

    (National average 68.8%)

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Books
  • Exams: Available via a Test Centre
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Tutor Support Included (18 months)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Books
  • Exams: Available via a Test Centre
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Tutor Support Included (18 months)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
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Is this AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting suitable for me?

Individuals looking to progress in their accounting career are most suited for this course. Senior roles and management opportunities will be within reach.

Completing all AAT qualification levels show employers your dedication and motivation. AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) is the next step towards finishing all levels.

We recommend studying AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting before opting in for this course unless you have considerable accounting experience already.

Is this AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting suitable for me?

Once you have completed the AAT Professional Diploma Accounting (Level 4) qualification alongside the necessary work experience, you will be able to apply for professional MAAT status. The MAAT initials can be added after your name as a title.

Additional benefits:

  •  Increase your understanding of accountancy
  •  Career progression opportunities
  •  Higher salary potential

What are my career options after I have completed my AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting training?

Once you have acquired the course qualification, roles such as Finance Officer or Senior Accountant will be possible options. Your main tasks will consist of:

  •  Creating and presenting highly accurate accounting reports
  •  Controlling cash controls
  •  Reviewing general ledger and completing month-end requirements
  •  Reconciling bank statements and account balances
  •  Looking over financial reports

Salaries will vary depending on the industry, although they average between £32,500 to £60,000 depending on experience and company.

(Source: Payscale)

Licence types and Services

When you have earned your AAT Level 4 qualification, you can set up your own business and apply to provide 18 services (Level 4).

These services include:

AAT Licensed Accountant (Level 4) - All the above plus: Financial accounts and accounts preparation for statutory purposes, Budgeting and forecasting, Management accounting, Personal and Business income tax, Inheritance, Capital gains and Corporation tax, Limited assurance engagement, Independent examination, Company secretarial services, Internal audit, and Forensic accounting.

Designatory Letters

Earning your AAT Level 4 qualification will give you professional MAAT status, letting you use the designatory letters MAAT after your name. These designatory letters show you have gained the skills, experience and knowledge to work that employers are looking for, which can result in an increase in your earning potential. You can also now legally submit final balances for any sized organisation.

MAAT (gained with AAT Level 4) - An AAT full member is a qualified accountant who has successfully demonstrated the experience and skills necessary to be approved for AAT full membership. Delegates who have earned their MAAT status can use the designatory letters MAAT after their name and they can apply for a licence to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper.

Why choose to study AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting with e-Careers?

At e-Careers we are passionate about learning; having developed and trained over 605,000 students over 10 years, we want you to succeed. Our courses have been fine-tuned and include the latest subject matter, along with high quality trainers to give you the best chance to stay ahead in your career.

In addition you will also benefit from:

  •  Includes Tutor Support.
  •  High pass rates - We have pass rates that are higher than the national average.
  •  Financial payment plans available that are interest-free.
  •  Textbooks and high-quality training material.
  •  Competitive price.
  •  AAT Membership available.
  •  Mock exams and practice assessments.

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AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) is made up of four mandatory modules: an assessment, and a choice of five optional modules. You’ll need to complete all the mandatory modules and two of the five optional modules, in order to complete the course.

It’s best to complete the mandatory modules first, before deciding which optional modules you'll want to study. Should you wish to specialise in tax, you’ll want to consider waiting until you have most of the new year ahead of you, before requesting the textbooks, as tax changes year-on-year and you don't want to have an out-of-date textbook.

We include the study text so that you have everything you need to study, including textbooks and exam revision kits so that you can test yourself at home and be sure you’re fully prepared for the exam.

As this course is delivered via textbook, your course will never expire, meaning you can take the exams when you’re ready.

Mandatory Modules and Assessment:

  •  Mandatory Module 1 - Management Accounting: Budgeting
  •  Mandatory Module 2 - Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  •  Mandatory Module 3 - Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  •  Mandatory Module 4 - Accounting Systems and Controls
  •  Mandatory Assessment - Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment

Optional Modules:

  •  Optional Module 1 - Business tax
  •  Optional Module 2 - Personal tax
  •  Optional Module 3 - External auditing
  •  Optional Module 4 - Cash and Treasury Management
  •  Optional Module 5 - Credit Management 

How is this course assessed?

To achieve this qualification, students are required to pass the mandatory computer-based assessments. We will help you pass your assessments by offering progressive tests that run throughout the course, along with the model answers for self-assessment. The assessment fees are not included in the cost of the course.

There are two ways you can take your assessments:

Online: To take your assessment from the comfort of your home, please contact e-Careers Customer Service to book and pay for your assessment.

At a Test Centre: You can still choose to sit your exam at a suitable AAT approved assessment venue. We can help find the closest one to you. (Exam fees vary from centre to centre).

To ensure students have sufficient time to complete all tasks in each part of the assessment, the structure (for RI only) will be:

Part 1 (Task 1 – Task 3): 80 minutes.
Part 2 (Break-page): 15 minutes.
Part 3 (Task 4 – Task 6): 100 minutes.

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Exam

You will be tested via a Synoptic assessments, which will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the Level 4 qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of your qualification and will be taken at specific times throughout the year. 

Synoptic windows revised

Synoptic window dates have now been confirmed for the remainder of the year and include additional dates to help with planning and potential capacity issues due to social distancing restrictions. Full details can be found here.

Level 2 synoptic assessments

In agreement with Ofqual, the UK qualifications regulator, the AAT has announced the intention to issue calculated results for eligible students studying the Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) and Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 2).

Full details on the revised synoptic windows can be found here.

Exam changes due to COVID-19

Pearson VUE-owned test centres will be following the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting testing candidates and their staff. Candidates are asked to comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined below to keep fellow candidates safe. (Face masks are now required while testing at Pearson VUE-owned test centres).

What you need to know

You will not be admitted to the test centre and should reschedule your exam if:

You have tested positive for COVID-19 (unless you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, 24 hours apart)

You are currently experiencing or have experienced one or more associated symptoms within the last fourteen (14) days (unless You have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine):

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell

You live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (unless at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure).

Have been or are under home quarantine or centralized observation by government or healthcare authorities (unless at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralized observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities).

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