AAT – Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4

Date:12/09/2024Day:Thursday (plus 3 Saturdays)
Time:6pm- 9.15pmDuration:46 Weeks plus exams
Qualification:Professional Diploma in AccountingAwarding Body:AAT
Delivery:Online and on campus. This course is delivered over 18 months


About the course

This Level 4 course is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional AAT Accountant status. Compulsory modules covered are:

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

Two optional units may be available, and these will be decided by the tutor when the course starts.

In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as a range of optional specialist units. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers. You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

Entry requirements

Learners should have passed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Students who do not hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications will be invited to sit an assessment to ensure that they have suitable skills for this qualification.

Basic IT skills are also required.
Students must become AAT Student Members before the course starts (fees apply).


This course is assessed through computer-based exams, which draw on and assess knowledge and understanding from across the qualification. Assessments take place at the College on Tuesday evenings.


You will need a non-programmable calculator and note-taking equipment.


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.  The course starts on Thursday 12th September.  Classroom attendance is weekly every Thursday.

Learners will study video lessons on demand from home and will also attend college lessons on a weekly basis. It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

Learners also benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


Completion of this qualification and fulfilment of AAT’s work experience requirements allows learners to apply for full AAT membership and achieve professional MAAT status.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students must attend a college induction on the first evening of the course.


A £150 deposit is payable at the point of booking to secure your place on the course.
Students may apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help cover the cost of this course.  These loans are repayable when you finish your course and earn more than the threshold amount which is set by the government. Please see Advanced Learner Loan: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for more information.

Students may choose to self-fund the course fees. The fee for this course is £2,900*  Students can apply upon booking to pay the balance in three instalments.
Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course.

If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.
Our qualification courses are government funded and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.

For further details see our Fees and Funding page.

*Includes first exam sitting only. Re-sits are charged at £80 (£100 for the synoptic assessment).