AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)

Get the skills you need to become a financial team leader or set up your own practice with our Advanced Diploma in Accounting. You’ll cover statements for limited companies and complex management accounting tasks and you can really hone your skills with optional specialist units including business tax, external auditing and credit control. Once you’ve passed, you’ll automatically become an AAT affiliate member, and if you have relevant work experience you can qualify for AAT full professional membership.

Undertake duties at a senior level in financial or management accounting and assist with the preparation of tax returns.

Entry Requirements:

Unlike other qualifications there are no entry requirements with AAT and you don’t need relevant work experience. This means that our qualifications are ideal if you’re leaving school or college, returning to work or thinking of changing career.

However, do check with your training provider as they may have their own entry requirements.

Useful strengths

  • Confidence with numbers
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving

Course basics

Total credits 42
Guided Learning Hours 360-400
Assessment methods Computer based assessments (CBAs)

Study at the right level for you

If you’re unsure which qualification level to study our helpful advisors can advise you. Call us on 2227 4470 – our lines are open Monday to Friday 08.30-17.00.

Once you begin your studies it is easy to switch to a different level if you are finding the course too hard or too easy.

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What you will learn

Core units:

  • Financial statements for limited companies
  • Financial performance
  • Budgeting
  • Internal controls and accounting systems

Choose two options from:

  • Cash management
  • Credit control
  • Business taxation
  • Personal taxation
  • External auditing


How long will it take me?

It will take you between 6 and 12 months, depending on your method of study.


What sort of job could I expect after completing this level

  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant


Will the qualification lead to further learning?

By qualifying with Level 4 AAT, you can now proceed with becoming a Chartered Accountant (ACA).


How will I be assessed?

AAT assessments are:

  • Practical computer based assessments (CBAs)
  • Designed to reflect real-life tasks
  • Flexible – you can sit them anytime of the year

Depending on the assessment, you may get your provisional results straight away


What if I have exemptions?

If you have already gained a relevant qualification you may be eligible for an exemption from some AAT assessments. This means you can fast track to study at the right level for you.