AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma
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Course Overview

Level 4 2015
pass rate

National avg 65% *

An AAT Level 4 accounting course is an ideal starting point:

If you already have an accounting qualification. You must be able to accurately perform all the financial and management accounting tasks which are tested on the AAT Level 3 course to be able to progress comfortably to the AAT Level 4 course. It is recommended you have a good standard of English literacy and basic maths skills.

By the end of this AAT Level 4 Distance Learning course in accounting you will be able to:

  • Apply accounting principles, concepts and rules and prepare the financial statements for a limited company
  • Apply management accounting techniques to aid decision making and control, prepare and monitor budgets
  • Measure performance using a wide range of performance indicators
  • Understand accounting systems and controls
  • Choose between studying personal taxation, business taxation, auditing, cash and/or credit management

An AAT Level 4 Home Study course is ideal for you if:

You want to start your AAT course in accounting when you’re ready, study at a time and place that suits your lifestyle, set the pace of learning and assessment, and work towards your preferred completion date.

Many students tell us they’ve benefited from a boost in their confidence from participating in our exclusive training and development programme and that it’s had a positive impact on all areas of their lives. They frequently recommend our unique learning tools and compliment our teaching style and professional, yet friendly support in online reviews.

We’d be delighted to help you choose the AAT course in accounting that will help you achieve your career goals so please do contact us if you’d like to discuss your options further.

* Pass rate provided by AAT

What’s included and how does an AAT distance learning course work?

Your learning experience at eagle will be unique, as we provide high quality tuition to develop work-based accountancy skills and also provide opportunities for you to develop personally throughout your learning journey. Everything detailed is included in the course cost.


During the planning phase you will be introduced to your dedicated mentor and you will:

  • Discuss your career goals, your expectations and anything else that’s important to you during a telephone induction so you can proceed with confidence
  • Mutually agree a personal plan and a study pace that suits your lifestyle
  • Establish your relationship so you feel more confident asking for help, as and when you need it


You will benefit from comprehensive tuition and personal development using our unique combination of learning tools:

  • Our famous Study Buddy - our students’ favourite activity based, printed learning guide
  • Interactive online lessons which you can use as often as you like
  • Osborne text books (printed and online) packed with question practice


When you need it, we provide prompt assistance and you can benefit from the experience of our diverse team which consists of skilled mentors and practically experienced, qualified accountants.


On an AAT Level 4 course in accounting, tests and practice assessments are more complex so our experienced tutors mark them. Our aim is to develop your assessment technique and communication skills to enable you to earn good credit in your assessments.


Periodically, we invite you to review your progression with your mentor. You can review what is working well and look at what might need to change to help you move closer towards your goals.


Our students enjoy interacting and supporting each other in our online forums and Facebook study group.

What will I learn about?

By the end of the AAT Level 4 course in accounting you will be able to apply accounting concepts, principles and rules to confidently work in a financial accounting or management accounting role at a professional level. You can choose two other topics to complete your AAT qualification.

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
Subject (unit title) Some of the topics covered include:
Compulsory Units
Financial Statements of Limited Companies Reporting frameworks, rules and regulations
Preparing a published set of accounts
Consolidating financial statements
Interpreting financial statements using ratio analysis
Management Accounting: Budgeting Preparing forecasts for income and expenditure
Preparing and monitoring budgets (fixed and flexed)
Reporting information to management
Management Accounting: Decision and Control Analysing and evaluating a range of costing techniques
Standard costing to improve performance
Statistical techniques to analyse business information
Financial and non-financial performance techniques to aid decision making
Accounting Systems and Controls Evaluating internal control systems, accounting systems and making recommendations for improvements
Choose Two Optional Units
Business Tax For sole traders, partnerships and limited companies:
  • Understand principles, rules and regulations
  • Complete tax returns
  • Provide advice with respect to UK tax
Personal Tax Understand the principles, rules and regulations that underpin taxation systems
Calculate a UK taxpayer’s total income (using a variety of income sources)
Calculate income tax and national insurance contributions
Account for capital gains tax and the basics of inheritance tax
External Auditing The principles of auditing
Evaluate the planning process and procedures in an accounting system and obtain audit evidence
Cash and Treasury Management Using statistical techniques for preparing forecasts, cash receipts and payments
Prepare cash budgets and monitor cash flows
Regulation and government monitoring policies
Raising finance and investing surplus funds
Credit Management Legislation and contract law
Assessing credit risk and granting credit
Debt collection techniques
Evaluating credit control procedures and making recommendations

How will I be tested?

AAT student membership

To study an AAT Level 4 course in accounting you have to register to become a student member of the AAT. You can enter for assessments once you’ve been provided with your AAT student membership number.

AAT course assessments

The course is assessed by a combination of unit assessments and one synoptic assessment.

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
Assessment Type
Compulsory Units
Financial Statements of Limited Companies Unit assessment
Management Accounting: Budgeting Unit assessment
Management Accounting: Decision and Control Unit assessment
Accounting Systems and Controls Synoptic only
Synoptic assessment (covering units above) Synoptic assessment
Two Optional Units
Business Tax Unit assessment
Personal Tax Unit assessment
External Auditing Unit assessment
Cash and Treasury Management Unit assessment
Credit Management Unit assessment

About unit assessments

A unit assessment only tests knowledge and skills taught in that unit. At level 4 they are:

  • Available on demand, mostly all year round
  • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues
  • Marked by AAT assessors

About synoptic assessments

The synoptic assessment is an assessment which tests a variety of knowledge and skills from several units. At level 4 it is:

  • Attempted once the unit assessments that it covers have been achieved
  • Available during periods communicated by the AAT throughout the year
  • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues

Assessment results

At AAT Level 4, part of each assessment is marked by AAT assessors so you will receive your assessment result within the timescales published on the AAT website.


To be awarded the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting qualification you must achieve at least a 70% competency level in each unit assessment and in the synoptic assessment. The marks achieved in all assessments contribute towards the overall grades which are:

Distinction 90 - 100%
Merit 80 - 89%
Pass 70 - 79%


At AAT Level 4 there are no restrictions on the amount of resits students are allowed.

You can resit an assessment to improve your grade. Results from the assessment with the highest marks will be used to calculate your final grade.

AAT Approved Assessment Venues

AAT assessment venues are located in the UK and other countries. Search for your nearest assessment venue here

How long will it take to achieve?

The AAT’s guided learning hours for the AAT Level 4 course in accounting are 420.

Guided learning is the time you usually spend learning new topics in a classroom which includes some question practice. Guided learning hours do not include homework or assessment preparation time.

Every adult’s ability to learn is vastly different. The beauty about studying an AAT online distance learning course from home is that you can study at a pace that suits your needs. As this is a practical subject, plenty of question practice is required so you may be required to study more hours to be adequately prepared for your assessments.

Based on past experience, you could achieve this course within 12-18 months if you study at least 6 - 8 hours per week as a minimum. For the best chance of retaining and recalling new information we recommend you study 2 - 3 times a week.

To maximise the opportunity of passing your assessments first time, saving you time and money, we strongly recommend you take full advantage of all aspects of our service.

Can I see a sample of the learning tools?

Our learning tools are created by a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who not only have extensive accounting and business experience but continuously develop their understanding about the conditions that need to exist for optimal learning. You will benefit significantly from our unique teaching style. We use modern teaching methods which imitate the way we learn and process information naturally. You can learn more in less time and develop a deep understanding of complex topics which is more meaningful and will be long lasting.

Activity based learning also keeps you engaged, stimulated and challenged as well as developing other essential skills required by the profession such as problem solving, analytical thinking and reflective skills so you can confidently and competently excel in your career.

At eagle we include everything you need to proceed confidently with your AAT Level 4 course in accounting so that you can achieve your AAT Level 4 qualification in the most time efficient and cost effective way.

This unique combination of learning material is only available from eagle:

  • Sample our students’ favourite: our Study Buddy, an activity based printed learning resource created by experienced accountants especially for distance learners. It’s packed with activities and learning and assessment tips
  • Sample our online e-learning lessons: accountants teach complex topics and invite you to interact to test your understanding. You can watch them anytime
  • Progress tests and practice assessment questions which are tutor marked so we can provide you with comprehensive feedback to give you the best chances of succeeding in your assessment
  • Osborne Books printed texts and workbooks which can also be accessed online: packed with question practice which is essential for a practical subject

We are very proud of the compliments that we receive from our students about the quality of our course materials and in particular hearing about how they benefit from our unique teaching style.

Tell me more about the support that is available

You will have access to an amazing pool of knowledge and experience here at eagle!

Your mentor is here to guide you throughout your development

Our mentors are here to guide you through the learning process. When you’re soaring to success they’re keen to celebrate your achievements with you! However, occasionally studying does get tough especially with today’s increasing demands on our time. If we try to figure out what is best on our own, we might never move forward. Your mentor is trained by professionals so they are equipped to provide the support that you might need to help you move forward, as and when you need it.

Our subject experts provide technical assistance

Our subject specialists have had long careers in the accounting profession, often in management roles and some work as exam markers and consultants for a range of awarding bodies. When you ask for help, or when you submit progress tests or practice assessments for marking, they will share their knowledge and experience with you and help you develop a comprehensive understanding so you can also be successful in your qualification and your career.

Support is available as and when you need it. We are here to help you achieve your goal in a time and cost effective way.

The aim of our team is to:

  • Build confidence, aid motivation and help you enjoy your learning experience
  • Maximise the development of skills needed to enhance career opportunities
  • Increase the opportunity for first time assessment passes saving you time and money

We guarantee you will receive an efficient and professional service

At eagle we work closely as a team so the service you receive will be continuous and consistent. Our policies and procedures will be communicated to you at the outset so you know exactly what level of service you’ll receive.

How much will it cost?

AAT Course Fee
AAT Level 4 in Accounting Course Fee with 18 months’ support £749
Payable in full or in equal monthly instalments within 2 - 12 months
2 Months £374.50 per month
4 Months £187.25 per month
6 Months £124.83 per month
12 Months £62.42 per month
Delivery Costs
UK Mainland £20
For islands and other countries please contact us for a quote
AAT Fees
AAT Admission Fee £43
AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (UK) £92
AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (International) £80
AAT Assessment Fees (5 at £44 each and 1 at £52) £272
Assessment Centre Invigilation/Administration Fees (6 from £20 each) from £120

Other helpful information:

  • All courses listed on our website are for AAT’s current syllabus (AQ2016)
  • All of the study materials and support that you need to achieve is included in our course fee
  • You can pay for this course in equal consecutive monthly instalments within a maximum of 6 months, delivery costs will be due with the first instalment
  • If you’ve been declared bankrupt, have a criminal conviction or civil offence record you will need to declare this so it’s best to contact AAT first before purchasing a course www.aat.org.uk/about-aat/professional-standards/fit-and-proper-requirements, tel: 0845 8630801
  • Membership fees are payable to the AAT
  • You pay assessment fees when you book your assessment at your chosen assessment venue
  • Invigilation fees differ at each assessment centre. For precise costs we recommend you call the venue that you would like to use
  • AAT revise their fees on 1st September every year
  • Our service agreement ends once you have received successful assessment results or after 18 months from the date of registration, whichever is the earliest
  • There is an option to extend your support beyond the initial contractual period for an additional fee if needed
  • Please see our terms and conditions of sale to be fully aware of your rights under the current consumer regulations
Rebecca Heyes

Studying AAT has given me the confidence to believe that I will have a successful career and I no longer feel like I have no direction in life!

I chose to study the AAT Qualification to pursue a career in accounting because I love working with numbers. As I had no accounting experience, I decided that the AAT Qualification was the best choice, as it starts with the basics and gradually builds up to more complex topics, which provide an excellent grounding for professional studies.

I secured a job as a Trainee Accountant in an accounts practice just as I was about to achieve the AAT Level 2 Accounting Qualification. Since then I have moved to a practice where I work as an Accounts Semi Senior. I am now studying the AAT Level 4 Accounting Qualification and after that I will study ACCA, as my goal is to become a Chartered Accountant.

Rebecca Heyes

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