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AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting (Level 4) — Part-time

Course outline

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue or progress their career in accountancy or finance.

AAT is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications. Their qualifications are practical, internationally recognised and can open doors in any industry across the world.

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification will suit those who:

  • have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and who would like to continue to build their accounting skills
  • are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills
  • would like to go on to become an AAT full member and/or study for chartered accountant status
  • would like to start their own business through the AAT licensed members scheme

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. Students will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications, and will gain competencies in drafting financial statements for limited companies, recommending accounting systems strategies and constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports. Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit and debit management and cash and financial management. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications, including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication.


  • Applied Management accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

Plus two modules chosen from:

  • Personal Tax
  • Business Tax
  • Credit and Debt Management
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Audit and Assurance

This course is for learners aged 19+ only.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2023/24.

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Location Date / time Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 4th September 2023

End: Friday 28th June 2024

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

AAT membership fee: On top of the course fees and materials fees, you are required to join the AAT at a cost of £240.

You may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the course fees.

Fee shown is based on 2022/23. The fee for 2023/24 are yet to be confirmed.

Tuition fee: £2,573

Additional costs:

  • Materials fee: £115

Course code: C026625 / Q026626


AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting Level 4


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You must be aged 19+ and have completed the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting plus GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade 9-5 (A*-C) (or equivalent).

In addition, we interview as part of the application process and you will need to demonstrate your ability and commitment to succeed on the course.

Teaching & assessment

All units are assessed individually through computer-based end-of-unit assessments taken at the City Hub.


This qualification opens up a wide range of career opportunities, from setting up your own practice to working in finance. You will also be able to study further with:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Universities
Additional information

Students are responsible for registering with the AAT and paying student membership fees directly to them (currently £240). This fee covers the time studying level 4, up to a maximum of 3 years.

Student case study: Reza - part-time AAT Accounting

Reza studied as an adult learner, then set up a business