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AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

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  • Ideal if you've completed Level 3 and want to become an AAT Full member or work towards Chartered status
  • Leads to roles such as Account Assistant and Commercial Analyst
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Complete your AAT pathway with the AAT Level 4 course

AAT accounting courses offer you an accredited route into accountancy if you have little or no experience. Choosing an online training course in accounting allows you to gain a professional qualification from home and around your current commitments.

Who is it for? Experienced professionals and Level 3 graduates looking to advance their skills and gain full AAT Membership status

Qualification AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

Location Online Learning

Duration Tutoring: 24 months Typical duration: 19 months

What is the AAT Level 4 course?

If you’re aiming to push your accounting career to new heights, the AAT Level 4 Diploma will enable you to complete the full AAT pathway by teaching you about advanced and specialised areas of accountancy. Taking your AAT Level 4 online with us will make you eligible for AAT Full Membership, as well as a host of accounting roles, including those with management aspects. And if you want to take your career even further, completing the AAT Level 4 course can also serve as a perfect starting point on your journey towards chartered accountancy.

All our AAT courses now come with a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. Learn the basics of this industry-leading online accounting software and improve your employability even further. With a 61% increase in the past year of accountancy job listings on reed.co.uk requiring knowledge of Xero in the specification, you can get ahead of the competition with this bonus qualification!

Why AVADO?

Get AAT qualified with the biggest and the best

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and award-winning learning design, we have grown into the UK’s most chosen online AAT course provider.

Chosen by students, chosen by AAT
Not only do more students pass online AAT qualifications with us than any other training provider, but we were also awarded Distance Learning Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Awards 2018.

Learning that works, guaranteed
We know our AAT courses are the best on the market. That’s why we offer a pass guarantee: follow the milestones on the campus and if you don’t pass your synoptic exam first-time we’ll give you free tutor support for a resit.

An online platform built around you
Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

Going the extra mile for employability
With AVADO you don’t just get a highly-respected AAT qualification; we also give you a free Xero Advisor Certification to build your practical skills with online accounting software.

Great teachers and inspiring content
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content including videos, quizzes and live classes.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!

Affordable price plans
Payment packages to suit your budget with a flexible range of interest-free monthly instalment options.

What is included with the AAT Level 4 qualification?

Your course includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Six online units and a hard copy book to support each one
  • Xero Advisor certification short course for learning the basics of Xero online accounting software
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
  • Revision classes, assignment marking and feedback to help you improve
  • Pass Guarantee – hit the milestones and get free tutor support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic exam first-time*
  • Free TOTUM card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

We believe you shouldn’t have to pay extra essentials like revision and assignment marking. That’s why we include everything above in the price. The only additional costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

*Click here for full terms and conditions.

Prerequisites for the AAT Level 4 qualification

All those looking to enrol on the Level 4 course must have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3), or hold a recent British or Irish degree in Accounting or Finance.

Exceptions can occasionally be made for those that have other equivalent Level 3 qualifications, as long as they are currently employed in an accounting role. If you are unsure which level is right for you, the AAT offer a Skillcheck test.

The following entry requirements also apply:

  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable Internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • You must be able to attend all exams at an AAT Approved centre. Students outside the UK will incur an additional cost for international postage of textbooks

Career path for the AAT Level 4 qualification

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma will advance your accounting career even further by teaching you more complex and advanced accounting skills, as well as giving you the opportunity to differentiate yourself by gaining specialist knowledge through the optional units. Being able to show on your CV that you have completed the entire AAT pathway will not only demonstrate your skills, but show you have dedication and a great work ethic.

Once you have completed the full pathway you will be eligible to become an AAT Full Member. This means you can use the letters “MAAT” after your name and stand out to employers even more.

Although the AAT offer no further accounting courses after Level 4, this qualification is a perfect starting point for progressing to chartered accountant status. Having this qualification will grant you exemptions from the early parts of many Chartered Accountancy qualifications, meaning you’ll have already taken the first steps towards the next stage of your career.

Here are a couple of roles you’ll be eligible for after gaining this qualification:

Accounts ManagerCommercial Analyst
£32,500*£37,500*

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

How it works

All our AAT courses are delivered through our award winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet any time, wherever you are.

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Frequent live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

What is the AAT?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees and a globally recognised accrediting body for accounting qualifications with over 125,000 members worldwide.

AAT Accounting qualifications are highly valued by employers, as they demonstrate that you have practical skills that you’ll need to manage cash flow, budgets, and finances effectively, as well as the commitment and dedication to succeed in an accountancy role.

Once you complete the Professional Diploma (Level 4) AAT qualification you can become a full AAT Member and put the letters MAAT after your name, giving you professional recognition of your qualifications.

Syllabus for the AAT Level 4 course

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) will complete your AAT training by teaching you advanced accounting skills and preparing you to take on management roles. You will also be able to specialise in areas that interest you most with two optional units. Topics covered include evaluating financial performance and drafting financial statements.

We translate the syllabus that the AAT sets into a combination of activities, classes, and other content to ensure you get the best learning experience possible.

The AAT Level 4 qualification consists of six units in total, four compulsory and two optional units selected from a choice of five.

AAT Accountancy Level 4 Compulsory Units:

Management Accounting: Budgeting

  1. Develop your skills working with budgetary control systems and learn how to create advanced budget reports to account for flexible budgeting and variances.

Management Accounting: Decision and Control

  1. Be able to analyse performance based on a number of variable scenarios (materials, labour and overhead costs) and reconcile budgeted cost with actual cost.

Financial Statements of Limited Companies

  1. Learn how to prepare robust financial statements in published format that adhere to regulatory frameworks and discover how to work with group accounts.

Accounting Systems and Controls

  1. Learn how to professionally develop and manage a company’s accounting system by analysing current systems and recommending improvements.

AAT Accountancy Level 4 Optional Units

Choose two out of the following optional modules:

  • Personal Tax – Learn how to successfully process employee tax.
  • Business Tax – Become familiar with the nuances of business taxes.
  • Cash and Treasury Management – Learn about cash flow patterns and forecasting future payments.
  • Credit Management – Enhance your knowledge about company liquidity and credit control.
  • External Auditing – Understand how the audit process works and learn how to contribute to the examination when one is conducted.

Also included in your course is a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. You will learn the basics of using Xero’s cloud-based accounting software, giving your CV another edge in a competitive job market.

During the course, you will take six exams: five computer-based assessments and one synoptic exam, which will all be held at an approved exam centre.

The AAT introduced synoptic exams last year as part of their new syllabus; designed to test your knowledge across all the units in a qualification. Our programme has been designed with these synoptic assessments in mind so you know you’ll be fully prepared before you sit them.

Along with advice from your tutor, you can decide when you’re ready to take your exams. In fact we’re so confident that we offer you a Pass Guarantee: follow the milestones on the campus and if you don’t pass your synoptic exam first-time we’ll give you free tutor support for a resit.*

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Level 4 qualification – equivalent to a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma.
  • Five computer-based exams and one synoptic assessment, all taken at an external test centre
  • Typically complete within 15 months
  • Free Xero Advisor certification

Financial Options

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

We can now offer you 0% finance on payment plans of up to 12 months, letting you spread the cost of your course without incurring any additional charges.*

You can also apply for our 24, 36, or 48-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 12.9%. Take a look at a representative APR Example or enquire now and speak to one of our Course Advisors.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call.

*Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.

“AVADO take the “distant” out of distance learning. They provide high levels of support and receive strong student engagement as a result, while they encourage progression through the entire AAT qualification.”

Nicky Fisher, AAT Past President

“This course has that structure and pace that is manageable and most importantly keeps me constantly engaged. I like that you can easily contact the tutor by phone or email and talk to classmates on the student forum giving each other tips and encouraging each other to push through.”

Sarah Eve Tucker, AAT Graduate

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