Studying with Eagle

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.

This level builds on the knowledge you gained in the Advanced Diploma (Level 3). You will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. There are also optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management. After qualifying you can work in accounting roles or progress onto studying chartered accountancy.

Keep reading for more information about everything that’s included in the subscription, including details of the syllabus, how to book exams, and the support you get along the way.

What’s included

  • Unlimited access to the AAT Level 4 courses, with access to all other levels for a recap
  • Instant access to our unique comprehensive Study Buddy learning guide
  • Online access to market-leading Osborne AAT tutorial and workbooks and online assessment builder
  • Tutor-led, online learning modules and exam preparation videos powered by Kaplan
  • Access to hundreds of practice questions
  • Computer and self marked mock exams
  • Access to expert tutors, 7 days a week responding via email within 4 working hours
  • AAT registration, student membership and exam fees not included

Why choose an Eagle Distance Learning Course?

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.

  • 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.

  • AAT Level 4 syllabus

    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
  • How is this course assessed?

    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 4 accounting they are:

    • Available on demand, mostly all year round
    • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues
    • Mostly marked by the computer providing assessment results within 24 hours
    • Marked by AAT assessors where indicated*
    Synoptic assessment

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

    • Attempted once the unit assessments have been attempted
    • Available on demand, mostly all year round
    • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues
    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 4 Professional Diploma 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 venue via the AAT website launch.

  • What support will I get?
    • We’re always on hand when you need us
    • You’re fully supported with access to expert tutors, 7 days a week responding via email within 4 working hours
    • You’ll also be assigned a mentor to help and guide you through the order of subjects to study in and check that the level you’re starting at is right for you. You can also contact them wherever you need to throughout your course and get a response within 24 hours Monday to Friday
    • For full details on Academic and Mentor support opening hours, please visit the contact us page.

    Partnering with the best, you’ll always have access to market leading AAT online content powered by Kaplan and online materials from Osborne books. All day, every day for as long as you subscribe.

  • What could I do next?

    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 full members (MAAT) and fellow members (FMAAT) are eligible for exemptions that allow you to take the fast track route to chartered accountant status. You can stay with the same training provider. Eagle offers affordable courses approved by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) which you can subscribe to.

  • Additional costs

    You are required to become a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) launch 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 and AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (UK): 147
    • AAT Annual Student Membership Fee (International): £137
    • AAT Assessment Fees: £70 to £80 per unit (6 modules)
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AAT Accounting qualifications

  • Level 2 Foundation Certificate

    This is the entry point for most people who are at the beginning of their accountancy journey.

  • Level 3 Advanced Diploma

    You can start at this level if you’ve completed the Level 2 Foundation Certificate. You may also be eligible if you’ve worked in accounting or bookkeeping role.

  • Level 4 Professional Diploma

    You’ll need to complete the Level 3 Advanced Diploma before starting this level. You may be exempt from some units if you’ve studied a finance or accounting degree.