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Accounting AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

Develop specialist skills and complete the AAT Accounting Qualification pathway with our AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting online.

Who is it for? Accounting professionals and AAT Level 3 students looking to advance their skills to progress to Chartered Accountancy
Qualification: AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (QCF: 600/6892/9)
Location: Online Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 400 recommended study hours - 15 months' typical completion time

Advance your skills with this Level 4 AAT course

With our AAT Level 4 -course you will learn to undertake advanced accounting processes and management accounting techniques in preparation to hold a Senior Finance role.

Level 4 accounting training courses cover financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas.

The Level 4 AAT online accounting course is designed to take you from experienced Part-Qualified status to Qualified Accounting Technician status and advance your career in Business Accounting, giving you the opportunity to branch out into specialist learning areas.

Our online training courses allow you to study at home to complete the full AAT training pathway and master accounting practice at advanced level.

With our online AAT Level 4 Diploma course, you will learn to undertake advanced accounting processes and management accounting techniques in preparation to hold a senior finance role.

Level 4 AAT Accounting Courses Online

The AAT Level 4 qualification is recognised by universities and employers alike as evidence of a commitment to high standards of professionalism within the workplace.

Through your Level 4 accounting training you will learn how to work with internal control systems, produce financial statements and analyse financial performance.

In addition to gaining the full AAT Accounting Qualification, successful completion of Level 4 Accounting training means you can apply for Affiliate Membership of the AAT and eventually upgrade to full member using the letters MAAT after your name once you have gained sufficient work experience.

There are nine individual units within the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting AQ2013 Qualification. To gain the qualification, students are required to demonstrate their competence in six units: four compulsory units and a further two optional units, chosen from a range of five units on offer:

Mandatory units:

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Budgeting
  3. Financial Performance
  4. Internal Control and Accounting Systems.

Elective (Optional) units (two units from a choice of five):

  1. Cash Management
  2. Credit Control
  3. Business Tax
  4. Personal Tax
  5. External Auditing.

AAT Level 4 Accounting training will teach you financial team leader skills, how to prepare financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks and Account management skills.

View a short selection of Sample Materials for AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 4 qualification – comparable to a Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and recognised by Ofqual
  • Eight course books consisting of four mandatory units of study (the two elective units are chosen at a later date and downloaded as eBooks)
  • Six computer-based assessments taken at an external centre*
  • 400 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Offers progression towards studies in Chartered Accountancy.

*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you to sit these exams.

What is Included

We have put together a comprehensive package to ensure you have everything you need to successfully complete your course. This includes:

  • Study framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 12 months
  • Dedicated tutor to provide additional assistance along the course
  • Timely interactive live classes as you progress through the course to instil the knowledge
  • Course books for each unit
  • Additional downloadable resources
  • Online student forums
  • 24 hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • Assignment marking and thorough feedback
  • Exam fees and exclusive exam booking service
  • Free access to the Career Management Service
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

To enrol on this course you must hold an existing AAT Level 3 Certificate in Accounting or have a recent British or Irish degree in Accounting or Finance. Exceptions can occasionally be made for students with other appropriate Level 3 qualifications who are employed in an accounting role.

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. IELTS 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 computer 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 three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18 or 24 months payment plans*. Representative APR 19.9%. 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.

* Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, is subject to a credit check and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 


Pathway Options

Designed to help you fast track your career, our pathway packages combine the courses you need to gain access to the wider job opportunities and a higher earning potential.

With our AAT Intermediate Pathway you can gain your AAT Level 3 Certificate and AAT Level 4 Diploma in one course, allowing you to save money and fast-track your career. Our fast-track route allows non-graduates to achieve Chartered status more quickly than by following the university path.

Upon successful completion of the advanced level, you will be awarded the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (level 8 in Scotland), a nationally recognised Accredited QCF Qualification (QCF number: 60068929), and become a fully qualified Accounting Technician.

Having completed AAT Level 4, and gained one year’s relevant work experience, you can apply for full AAT membership, allowing you to use the letters MAAT after your name. These letters will tell employers and clients that you’ve proven your expertise – and made a commitment to maintaining it.

Completing AAT Level 4 is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree, and is recognised as a non-graduate route in chartered accountancy. All UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies - including CIPFA, CIMA, ICAEW, ICAS and ACCA - offer generous exemptions to full AAT members.

Following this, you will be able to progress to further study with one of the main UK Chartered Accountancy bodies to become a Chartered Accountant or run your own Accounting practice as an AAT Member in Practice (MIP).

Alternatively, your new credentials will help you climb to the top of the corporate ladder, with opportunities in many areas, including Forensic Accounting, Corporate Finance, Tax, insolvency and more.

View AAT for Accounting Technicians career progression pathway.

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