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Online Distance Learning Course

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting


Choose any two optional units to complete your level 4 course

Optional Units

Business Tax

Personal Tax

External Auditing

Credit Management

Cash And Treasury Management


What’s included

  • 18 months unlimited tutor support & marking
  • Eagle Study Buddy learning guide
  • Osborne tutorial and work books
  • Instant access to e-learning environment
  • AAT registration, exam and invigilator fees not included


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About the course

Do you want a fulfilling career in accountancy? Have you passed AAT Level 3 or an equivalent accounting qualification? We can help you reach your goal by studying AAT level 4 accountancy.  

  • Our Level 4 2015 assessment pass rate: 84%, (national average: 65%)

Entry requirements

To progress comfortably on this course, you’ll need to have good accounting knowledge and be able to perform all the financial and management accounting tasks which are tested on the AAT Level 3 course. Plus you’ll need a good standard of English literacy and basic maths skills. We recommend you register with AAT before starting this course. This will give you your AAT student number, which enables you to enter for assessments.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to apply complex accounting principles, concepts and rules to prepare the financial statements of a limited company. You’ll also learn management accounting techniques to aid decision making and control, and prepare and monitor budgets, and measure performance.

This level consists of compulsory and optional units:

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

Options units (choose two)

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

Self-motivated learners, who want to learn complex accountancy and management accountancy skills.

You can start studying when you’re ready, at a time and place that suits your lifestyle. Most people complete this course in 12 to 18 months, although you’ll set the pace of learning and work towards your preferred completion date.

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

Unit assessment

A unit assessment only tests knowledge and skills taught in that unit. At Level 2 accounting they are:

Synoptic assessment

The synoptic assessment is an end of course assessment which tests a variety of knowledge and skills from several units. At Level 2 accounting it is:

Getting your results

Assessment results are available in your MYAAT account within 24 hours for computer marked assessments. For those assessments marked by AAT assessors, you can expect to receive your results at a later date (timescales may vary and will be published on the AAT website).


To be awarded the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting qualification you must achieve at least a 70% competency level in each unit assessment and in the synoptic assessment.


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. There are no resit restrictions or employer engagement requirements for any fee paying student on any of our AAT courses.

AAT approved venues

You can search for your nearest AAT assessment venue here.

After you’ve passed this level, you can work in a variety of jobs including forensic accountant, tax manager, accountancy consultant and finance analyst, earning salaries of up to £37,000 as you advance and gain experience.

AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting costs £749 and includes 18 months’ worth of support from your Eagle Advisor and all course materials*.

Monthly Payment Plans:

You can pay for this course in full or choose to pay in equal monthly installments. Simply select your preferred option when you place your order.

  • 2 months: £374.50 per month
  • 4 months: £187.25 per month
  • 6 months: £124.83 per month
  • 12 months: £62.42 per month


You are required to become a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) to fulfill your qualification. Fees associated with admission and exam fees are in addition to the cost of the course and payable direct to the AAT.

  • AAT Admission Fee: £44
  • AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (UK): £94
  • AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (International): £85
  • AAT Assessment Fees (payable to assessment venue): £270 (for 6 modules at £45 each)
  • Assessment Centre Invigilation/Administration Fees: £180 (for 6 modules at £30 each)

*Material delivery costs to UK Mainland are in addition to the course cost:

  • Within the UK, postage is £6
  • To Europe, postage is £25
  • Rest of the world is £45

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