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Professional Diploma in Accounting AAT - Level 4

Professional Diploma in Accounting AAT - Level 4

Overview

AAT accountancy courses are designed to teach you practical skills that you can transfer directly to your workplace or aid your career progression. In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing, credit management, and cash and treasury management.

An AAT qualification offers you a professional status that reflects the skills you’ve worked so hard to gain. So when employers see the letters MAAT after your name, they’ll know they’re dealing with a credible, up-to-date professional.

As a member of the AAT, you’ll have the support of the largest professional body for accounting technicians worldwide.

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Entry requirements

You should hold an AAT Level 3 qualification in Accounts or a Degree in Accounting.

Start dates and fees

On top of the course fees, you will also be required to join the AAT professional body, which may incur a charge.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
03/09/2021TBCTBC2 yr(s)1760A101FREE£2573.00Apply

How long is the course?

2 years, part-time.

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by external examination.

What does the course lead to?

Full membership of the AAT and entry for ACCA, ICAEW or CIMA qualifications is possible upon completion of the full qualification.

What will I study?

Financial statements

  • The external reporting environment for limited companies and groups which need to publish accounts.
  • Principles of consolidated accounts and analysis and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Preparing a range of financial statements and identifying an organisation’s financial position.

Budgeting

  • How and why budgets are prepared, helping you prepare revenue forecasts and a range of budgets for different circumstances.
  • Understanding budgetary procedure to aid organisational planning and control.
  • Preparing budgets, analysing variances and making recommendations for improving organisational performance.

Financial performance

  • Managing and measuring financial performance; the range of techniques for analysing information on expenditure and making judgements to support decision making, planning and control by managers.
  • Collecting and analysing information, monitoring performance and presenting reports to management.

Internal control and accounting systems

  • Identifying the role of internal control within an organisation and recognising different approaches to making informed recommendations on how to improve systems.
  • Communicating this to management and identifying that changes would have on the system and its users.

Business tax

  • Completing corporation tax returns and supporting compulations for incorporated businesses.
  • Understanding impact of legislation and ligislative changes.
  • Understanding tax law and its implications for incorporated/unincorporated business.
  • Understanding capital assets.

Personal tax

  • Calculating income from all sources and identifying taxable and non-taxable items.
  • Applying current legislation to calculate tax payable on income.
  • Accounting for capital gains tax according to current legislation.
  • Preparing accurate computations and complete relevant parts of self-assessment tax returns. 

 

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Full membership of the AAT and entry for ACCA, ICAEW or CIMA qualifications.

How do I apply?

Apply online

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