AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting


18 Months (£2,613*)


Course overview

The AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue or progress their career in accountancy and or finance. The purpose of the AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, enabling students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment. By studying for this qualification, students will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers.


The AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification will suit those who:

  • have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting and 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


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.


You can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of this course. Please ask a member of college staff for details.


*(Includes all on-campus tuition fees, access to Mindful and AAT registration and first exams for each module) Advanced Learner Loans available on application.


Please note: classroom attendance is weekly.

Course content

The Diploma in Professional Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. It covers higher accounting tasks and can lead to a range of more senior finance roles.


Students will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications and gain competencies in: drafting financial statements for limited companies; recommending accounting systems strategy and constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports.

Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit and debit management, and cash and financial management.


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



This qualification comprises three mandatory units and these core units of study are assessed at unit level. In order to gain the full qualification, two specialist optional units will also need to be completed.


The mandatory units are:

  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls.


The Optional units delivered

  • Business Tax*
  • Personal Tax*


*Business Tax and Personal Tax are offered as optional units as part of our programme. Audit and Assurance, Cash and Financial Management, Credit and Debt Management are also part of the suite.


Course delivery – online and on campus


We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.

  • Online –you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on-demand, and can be viewed from your tablet or computer – this means you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 10-12 hours studying independently online each week.


  • On Campus –you benefit from regular fortnightly classes with a college tutor. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.


Entry requirements

  • Completion of Level 3 Diploma in Accounting with a sound knowledge of accounting principles
  • Preferably already working in finance
  • Have a good standard of English and maths due to working within finance
  • Interview with AAT tutor
  • Laptop/PC is required to complete work on the online Mindful Platform


This course is assessed through computer-based exams and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification a unit at a time.



Once qualified, and having met AAT’s criteria, students can apply for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.


The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence.


Completing the AAT Diploma in Professional Accounting can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which include:

  • Professional Accounting Technician
  • Assistant Auditor or Management Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Financial Officer or Fund Accountant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Tax Supervisor


For future start dates, please get in touch.



Our online AAT Information Sessions, provide further course information and the chance to discuss your career progression.


The sessions include a presentation by the Programme Manager providing insight into the learning programme; you’ll have the opportunity to speak to the course tutors at the end of the session.


Register your interest by sending your details to aat@nhc.ac.uk.

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