What is the AAT Level 4 qualification?
Take the final step in the AAT qualification with Level 4. You’ll study advanced topics, begin to specialise with optional units, and qualify for Full AAT Membership when you’re done.
Who is it for?
Experienced professionals who are looking to finish the AAT qualification
What qualification will I get?
AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)
24 months of tutor time
Why should I choose AVADO?
When you study with us you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.
Here’s some of the reasons we’re the best place for AAT:
The UK’s biggest online AAT learning community
More online AAT students study, pass, and get qualified with us than anyone else.
A course should be more than a textbook – learn from videos, infographics, interactive quizzes, and more
Great teaching: Guaranteed
Our expert tutors will give you free support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic first-time*
Study anytime, anywhere
Fit studying into your busy day with bite-sized activities built for mobile
No one likes having to pay a surprise bill. That’s why we include everything we can in cost of your course:
- 24-hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus, plus an E-book for each unit
- A Xero Advisor certification course where you’ll learn a popular online accounting software
- Revision classes to get you ready for exams
- Pass Guarantee – hit the milestones and get free tutor support for a resit if you don’t pass a synoptic exam first-time*
The only extra costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you pay directly to the AAT and assessment venue.
*Click here for full terms and conditions.
What will I need?
This course builds on the skills you develop in Level 3, so we recommend you get that (or a similar qualification) first.
You could also be ready if you have a lot of experience in an accounting role. You can speak to us if you’re not sure which level is best for you.
You’ll also need:
- An AAT Approved test centre near you so you can sit your exams
- A third-party payee if you’re under 18 years old
- A solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
- Basic computer skills and access to a phone/tablet/laptop with internet
What career options does Level 4 open up?
Level 4 has a focus on teaching management accounting skills – so you’ll be eligible for roles that let you put those skills to use. The optional units will also let you move into more specialist areas of accounting, depending on what you pick.
You’ll also be eligible for AAT Full Membership. This lets you put “MAAT” after your name and will give your CV even more evidence of how passionate and determined you are.
Here are a couple of example roles:
Average salary – £37,500*
Average salary – £37,500*
If you want to take your accounting career even further, AAT Level 4 will also give you exemptions from the early papers of some of the qualifications that let you become a Chartered Accountant.
*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, March 2019
Who are the AAT?
The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading professional body for accountants.
Employers trust people with AAT qualifications. You won’t just be learning abstract theories – you’ll be developing key skills that you can start using immediately, even before you finish the course.
You can be confident your AAT course is going to have a real impact on your career: a recent survey by Xero revealed that more Accounting and Bookkeeping practices found AAT qualifications important when hiring than any other qualification.
What will I learn?
Unit 1: Management Accounting: Budgeting
We’ll help you develop your skills working with budgetary control systems and learn how to create advanced budget reports to account for flexible budgeting and variances.
Unit 2: Management Accounting: Decision and Control
We’ll study how to analyse performance based on a number of variable scenarios (materials, labour and overhead costs) and reconcile budgeted cost with actual cost.
Unit 3: Financial Statements of Limited Companies
In this unit you’ll learn to prepare robust financial statements in published format that adhere to regulatory frameworks and discover how to work with group accounts.
Unit 4: Accounting Systems and Controls
During this unit you’ll learn how to professionally develop and manage a company’s accounting system by analysing current systems and recommending improvements.
Optional units (you’ll pick two)
Option 1: Personal Tax
Learn how to successfully process employee tax.
Option 2: Business Tax
Become familiar with the nuances of business taxes.
Option 3: External Auditing
Learn about the principles and procedures of auditing and importance of professional ethics.
Option 4: Cash and Treasury Management
Build your knowledge about cash budgets, management and investing surplus funds.
Option 5: Credit Management
Enhance your knowledge about cash budgets, management and investing surplus funds.
You also get a free Xero Advisor Certification short course included with your qualification. You’ll learn the basics of using Xero’s cloud-based accounting software, which means you’ll have a head start if you start working somewhere that uses it. Basically, it’s future-proofing your CV!
How will I be assessed?
Each unit has an exam you’ll need to do at an assessment centre. When you’ve passed all of those, you’ll do your synoptic assessment, which will test you on everything you’ve learned on your course.
Don’t stress about this – our courses are designed with the synoptic in mind, so you won’t need to take it until you’re ready. We’ll even give you free support for a resit if you don’t pass first time – that’s our Pass Guarantee.*
*Click here for full terms and conditions.
Flexible learning deserves flexible payments.
You have plenty of options when it comes to paying for your course. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 24 months.
If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*
Your company can fund your course
Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.
*For representative examples and full terms and conditions click here.
“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