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AAT Level 3 & 4 in Accounting (Professional Diploma)

Develop your foundational skills and complete the full AAT Accounting Qualification pathway in one step with our AAT Level 3 and Level 4 combined accounting course online.

Who is it for? Adult learners seeking a seamless path to full AAT membership
Qualification: AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced)
AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional)
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 2 and a half years typical completion. That’s roughly 5-7 hours per week.

Further your accounting career with the AAT Level 3 and 4 Accounting Diploma (Professional) Qualification

Our AAT Level 3 and 4 accounting training course is designed to help you fast track your career by combining the courses you need to gain access to wider job opportunities and a higher earning potential. 

AAT Level 3 and Level 4 courses cover both the content for the Level 3 AAT Diploma and AAT Level 4 Accounting course combined. You will begin by working towards your AAT Level 3 Diploma before moving on to the more advanced procedures covered at AAT Level 4.

Whilst studying towards the AAT Level 3 Diploma (Advanced) you will consolidate your learning through the practice of specific business accounting tasks, such as the formal preparation of accounts for Sole Traders and partnerships. The AAT Level 4 Diploma (Professional) will teach you how to undertake advanced activities, such as the formal preparation of accounts for limited companies, and develop your management skills.

Our award winning online AAT courses are designed with a single objective: to get the best out of you, realising your full potential. We support you throughout your AAT journey with the BEST interactive resources, live online classes and Tutor support with the opportunity to go at a quicker or slower pace, or even take a break, if you need to.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the leading awarding body for the accounting sector; AAT qualifications are recognised around the world as evidence of capability and are hugely respected by employers. On completion of the course you will receive your Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Advanced) and will qualify for a wide range of mid level finance roles opening your career up to many exciting opportunities.

Study on our award winning online platform

We are thrilled to have won two awards at the 2016 AAT Training Provider Awards: Best Use of E-learning, in recognition of our expert learning team and ground-breaking online campus and AAT Distance Learner of the Year which was awarded to one of our most dedicated students Thomas Brinsley. 

Not every AAT Level 3 & 4 accounting course is the same. Our level of experience and investment in the UK’s largest online AAT programme gives you access not only to experienced tutors, but to a learning environment refined through thousands of successful student journeys. Click here to learn How It Works.

How to gain the AAT Level 3 & 4 qualification

Our students work through the AAT Level 3 & 4 Diploma course (Professional) online on our award-winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus). It allows you to study online, on any device, wherever and whenever suits you. Online learning’s popularity is soaring, it means you can gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments and offers flexibility that is simply not possible with traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with an enormous range of resources and engaging content and we make sure our course materials cater to all learning styles to give all you the best chance of success.  Just some of the resources you can find on our campus; videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies, E-books, practice tests, student forums, plus our Career Management Hub offers students recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

Unlike other AAT courses, our tutors ensure the live classes and weekly progress checks are tailored to where you need the most help, making these engaging sessions relevant to each stage of your journey.

The Syllabus is set by the AAT but we translate those requirements into a unique combination of personalised activities that give you the confidence to progress and achieve your qualification.

For their new syllabus, the AAT use more demanding synoptic assessments at fixed times of the year. Our structured but flexible approach guides you through, ensuring you reach the exams and synoptic assessment at the optimum time. Read more about How it Works below.

The AAT Level 3 & 4 Diploma in Accounting (Professional) consists of twelve separate units:

Mandatory Units:

Unit1 Advanced Bookkeeping
Unit 2 Final Accounts Preparation
Unit 3 Indirect tax
Unit 4 Management Accounting: Costing
Unit 5 Spreadsheets for Accounting
Unit 6 Ethics for Accountants
Unit 7: Management Accounting: Budgeting
Unit 8: Management Accounting: Decision and Control
Unit 9: Financial Statements of Limited Companies
Unit 10: Accounting Systems and Controls

Elective units (from which you must select two):

Personal tax
Business tax
Cash and Treasury Management  
Credit Management

*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you to sit these exams. You should also note that exam fees are not included in the price.

We bring together the very best tutors, an enormous range of interactive course materials and a large support team there for you at every stage of your journey to ensure you have the best AAT course experience possible and achieve your individual goals.

  • Structured but flexible approach gives you achievable milestones to work towards.
  • The course is designed in-line with the AAT’s fixed synoptic assessment dates to help you coordinate your study with your assessments so you remember it all on the day.
  • Your dedicated Tutor is there whenever needed, proactively intervening when extra support is needed
  • Our Student Services team help you find your way around the campus and use our wealth of support tools
  • Our friendly Community Co-ordinators give you extra help and encouragement along the way
  • Our marking team ensure your assignments are turned around rapidly and with helpful feedback
  • 24 hour access to the award-winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC)
  • Interactive live classes mean you learn alongside your peers and help with motivation –
  • Our vibrant community of thousands of students gives you a ready-made network for support or advice
  • Both printed course books and handy moodle books for each unit accessed via the VLC
  • Our exclusive Career Management Service includes video career coaching, interview simulator, career assessment tools, CV guidance and job search
  • Flexible finance options to help you spread the cost (more detail below)
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.
  • Call us now onto hear more about our unique line-up.


To enrol on our AAT Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma students must hold an AAT Level 2 Certificate or equivalent qualification and be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge through work experience or an alternative qualification.

Before you enrol on this Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the prerequisites below:

  • You have a valid UK address (AAT qualifications cannot be studied outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man).
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language. ELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required if English is not your first language
  • You have access to a computer and the Internet throughout your study period
  • You have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

When you have completed the AAT Level 3 & 4 Diploma (Professional) course you will gain your qualification and achieve the status of Accounting Technician. This is really valuable for your CV and LinkedIn profile.

All the vital skills and knowledge you have learnt throughout the AAT Level 3 & 4 course will set you up perfectly for a senior finance role. This expertise will qualify you for roles including Assistant Finance Manager or Accounts Manager.

Completing the AAT pathway is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree and allows you to use the letters MAAT after your name and to go on to study with British Chartered Accountancy bodies such as the ACCA. AAT is the only professional qualification that allows progression to Chartered status from entry level.  Research conducted by Hays Accountancy and Finance shows that achieving the full AAT Accounting Qualification can boost your earning by 51%.



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*Source: Salary Checker, 2016

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* Source: Salary Checker, 2016

Online AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. One in twelve Chartered Accountants started by studying toward an AAT Qualification*. AAT is the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees with 125,000 members worldwide.

Our AAT courses online allow you to study at home and learn the important technical theory you need to work as an Accountant and how to apply this in a real-world setting. Home Learning College is the UK’s leading online learning provider for distance learning AAT courses, with pass rates better than the AAT themselves for all levels.

Once you have completed the AAT Level 4 Diploma course you can apply to join one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, without the need for a degree.

With AAT on your CV, you will demonstrate a level of excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers. Our practical, industry-focussed courses enable you to manage finances, budgets and cash flow effectively and play a key role in business growth. 

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*Source: AAT website, 2016

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