AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - (Level 4)

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We match any other online provider's price. The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus) sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 4, or Level 8 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 560 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.

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Who is it for

This course is perfect if you aspire to run your own accounting practice or hold a senior, well-paying technical accounting role.

If you're looking to become a Chartered Accountant, your AAT qualification will allow you to take a fast-track route with all the major Chartered Accountancy bodies.


The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - (Level 4) is the most advanced AAT accounting qualification. It's ideal if you have a lot of accounting experience and are looking to become a financial team leader or set up your own practice. It's also the next step from the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

At this advanced level, you'll cover complex and advanced finance processes and topics. You'll be able to draft financial statements for limited companies, recommend strategy for accounting systems, and build and present complex management accounting reports

In total, you'll study six units. This includes the four mandatory units, plus two out of the four optional units.

Core Units

Management Accounting: Budgeting

Management Accounting: Decision and Control

Financial Statements of Limited Companies

Accounting Systems and Controls

Optional Units (choose two):

Business Tax

Personal Tax

Cash and Treasury Management

Credit Management

You'll choose your optional units once you've begun your studies. Your expert tutor will be happy to advise you on this decision..

Once you've passed, you'll automatically become an affiliate AAT member. You'll also be able to achieve internationally-recognised professional MAAT status if you have the right work experience.

It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. You can get started right away with a small deposit, and pay the rest with an interest-free payment plan.

Employer-funded courses can be enrolled as an all-inclusive package including course, exam centre fees, and AAT membership fees.

Live online classrooms during lunchtimes, evenings, and weekends make it easy to fit learning around your life.

There are no deadlines except the end of the generous support period, so you can work around your current job or family responsibilities. You'll be supported from enrolment to graduation by your AAT expert tutor and our dedicated student support team, so you'll have everything you need to succeed.


In order to enrol, you'll need significant practical accounting experience or the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (or the Level 3 Diploma, as it was previously known). Our course advisors will be happy to talk your experience over with you to make sure you're choosing the right course.

You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.

Career Path

Once you've completed the AAT Professional Diploma you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician. You'll automatically become an affiliate member of AAT, and if you have the relevant work experience you can apply for internationally-recognised professional MAAT status.

You could set up your own practice, or begin further study to become a Chartered Accountant. You'll be qualified for well-paying senior roles such as:

Senior Finance Officer

Senior Fund Accountant

Senior Insolvency Administrator

Professional Accounting Technician

Assistant Auditor

Assistant Management Accountant

Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor

Payments and Billing Manager

Commercial Analyst

Cost Accountant

Fixed Asset Accountant

Indirect Tax Manager

Payroll Manager

Senior Bookkeeper

Tax Supervisor

Assistant Financial Accountant

VAT Accountant