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Professional Diploma in Accounting (Daytime)

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Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

The purpose of the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, enabling you to maximise opportunities in your current or new employment.

What will I do?

By studying for this qualification, you will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including:

  • drafting financial statements for limited companies
  • having the knowledge and skills to use complex management accounting techniques
  • the ability to analyse accounting systems and their associated controls
  • having knowledge and skills in specialist accountancy and finance subjects

What’s next?

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification will suit those who:

  • Have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and who would like to continue to build their accounting skills
  • Are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills
  • Would like to go on to become an AAT full member and/or study for chartered accountant status
  • Would like to start their own business through the AAT licensed members scheme

Is it for me?

AAT and MK College set high standards for their students, if you have lots of drive and determination and are not afraid of hard work then we’ll welcome you to this course.

You will have been successful in your Level 2 studies and proved yourself to be a logical thinker, who can solve problems apply your knowledge to the standard required. Do not underestimate the time you will need for your classes and to practice at home. We are very flexible, we understand you may be working, have family commitments and although you want to improve your job prospects, time is scarce. So, our commitment to you is that if you want to pass and are prepared to put in the work, then we will do all in our power to support you in achieving your goals.


The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. You will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications and will gain competencies in drafting financial statements for limited companies, recommending accounting systems strategies and constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports. You will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, and cash and financial management.

This qualification comprises three mandatory units and two specialist units:

The mandatory units are:
– Applied Management Accounting
– Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
– Internal Accounting Systems and Controls.

Specialist Units we offer are:
– Business Tax
– Personal tax

Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications, including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication.

How will my progress be monitored?

Your tutor will monitor your progress in partnership with you and you have the support you need to achieve success. This is a tough course, you would expect that, it is the highest qualification from AAT and as such it demands a lot of work to help you achieve it.

How will I be assessed?

There is one online exam for each of the mandatory modules. If you don’t make the pass mark, then you are able to resit the exam at a later date. Prior to each exam, your tutor will set you mock exams, so you are confident and prepared for the real thing.

How much will I have to study each week?

This qualification is a lot of work and will take time to complete to a high standard. The course will run over 4 or 5 terms depending on whether you are a day student or an evening student so there is plenty of time for you to pace your studies and manage the time outside of class so you can really enjoy your learning and putting it into practice.

Are there any entry requirements?

You will be expected to have attained at least a Merit at AAT Level 3 (or equivalent).

Value of AAT in the Workplace

AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism. In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world and provides our students and members with a professional status to be proud of.

additional information

We offer an option for a daytime class or an evening class. You can discuss your preference with your tutor at interview. The majority of classes are held face to face on campus at Chaffron Way, however some sessions may be held online using our TEAMS platform.

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