AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting

Our Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification builds on the knowledge gained through the AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, opening options for you to study a Chartered or Management Accounts qualification, like CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting.

Throughout this qualification, you will learn how to draft and interpret limited company accounts and prepare forecasts of income and expenditure. You will also be taught how to prepare draft budgets and revise them as required and learn how to measure performance and prepare performance reports. Finally, you will be able to review the finance function to identify risks and make improvement recommendations.

For 2022, we’re proud to introduce ‘Digital Extras’, which is an excellent eLearning resource, containing many videos and animations, which will help reinforce your understanding of key certain topics better, and explain in detail how certain accounting calculations are made.

Once you have completed the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification and fulfilled the AAT work experience requirements, you can apply for your professional MAAT status. You can then use the designatory letters MAAT after your name.

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting syllabus covers three mandatory units and has the choice of five optional units, outlined in the ‘Syllabus & Exam’ section below:

We want you to pass your AAT exams and have a successful career in finance, so to help you best prepare, we have developed the most comprehensive AAT training package for AAT Level 4, including study books, and tutor support.

As one of the UK's largest AAT training providers, we have successfully trained 8,000+ AAT students and have some of the highest pass rates in the country.

We are incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020'!

Key features
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Course Access: 18 months
  • Exams: Available at an AAT approved test centre
  • Tutor support and fast response times from industry experts with over 20 years’ experience
  • Delivery Method: e-Learning, study textbooks and exam kit books
  • Apply to become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status
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Key features
  • Exceptional Pass Rates
  • AAT Membership available (additional cost)
  • Course Access: 18 months
  • Exams: Available at an AAT approved test centre
  • Tutor support and fast response times from industry experts with over 20 years’ experience
  • Delivery Method: e-Learning, study textbooks and exam kit books
  • Apply to become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status
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Why study the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification course with e-Careers?

If you’re looking to advance your Accounting career to become a licensed Accountant, be sure to choose an award-winning professional training provider like e-Careers, to undertake your AAT Accounting training with!

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 605,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training. By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates.

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Benefits of this training course

Best Price Guaranteed! - You won't find a like-for-like price cheaper, guaranteed!

Interest-free payment options - We offer a range of payments options to help spread the cost.

Flexibility – This course is delivered via study books, so you can study wherever and whenever suits you best.

Gain MAAT status - Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status, able to offer 18 services.

Digital Extras included – An eLearning resource designed to help make your study time more effective and also help your overall development and recall.

AAT Membership available.

High pass rates - We're proud of our 82.2% pass rate for AAT Level 4. The national average pass rate is 68.8%.  

Authority – We are an industry-recognised and AAT approved training provider.

Tutor support included – Our experienced AAT tutors have over 20 years of experience.

A badge of excellence – AAT qualifications are internationally recognised and will teach you a range of practical accounting skills. 

Gain the skills employers want – Gain practical industry-focused qualifications, helping you take on the right roles for your skill set.

Boost your earning potential – Your certifications will boost your earning potential and help you move into more senior job roles.

Confidence – Gain confidence as you train through your AAT course.   

Contact us today to enrol on this Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification training course and enhance your senior-level Accounting career prospects!

Is the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification suitable for me?

Are you looking to study the most up-to-date Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting? Our AAT Level 4 2022 course is suitable for anyone looking to further their career in accounting and considering moving into more senior roles or looking to take on management responsibility. It is also a great training course for those looking to become a Licensed Accountant and gain MAAT status.

If you’ve followed the AAT course pathway to this point you will now be on your way to completing the full AAT Journey. Having this qualification on your CV will demonstrate your focus on personal development and your commitment to the accounting profession.

If you're not from an accounting background or have not completed AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, we would advise you to start there before progressing to this level (unless you have suitable accounting work experience).

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting training?

Completing your AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting training and passing your exams will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and certificates necessary to legally review financial reports, maintain general ledgers, reconcile account balances and more. This will enable you to progress into more senior roles and undertake more senior responsibilities, helping you work towards a promotion or a new job role.

Additional pathways also include working towards becoming a Chartered Accountant, starting your own accountancy business, or taking on a new senior job.

Typical job roles include:

Senior Bookkeeper - £31k

Accounts Payable/Expenses Supervisor - £33k

Commercial Analyst - £34k

Senior Finance Officer - £37k

VAT Accountant - £37k

Payments & Billing Manager - £39k

Payroll Manager - £40k

Cost Accountant - £40k

Fixed Asset Accountant - £45k

Indirect Tax Manager - £56k  

(Source: Payscale)

Licence types and Services

When you have earned your AAT Level 4 qualification, you can set up your own business and apply to provide 18 services (Level 4).

These services include:

AAT Licensed Accountant (Level 4) - All the above plus: Financial accounts and accounts preparation for statutory purposes, Budgeting and forecasting, Management accounting, Personal and Business income tax, Inheritance, Capital gains and Corporation tax, Limited assurance engagement, Independent examination, Company secretarial services, Internal audit, and Forensic accounting.

Designatory Letters

Earning your AAT Level 4 qualification will give you professional MAAT status, letting you use the designatory letters MAAT after your name. These designatory letters show you have gained the skills, experience, and knowledge that employers are looking for, which can result in an increase in your earning potential. You can also now legally submit final balances for any sized organisation.

MAAT (gained with AAT Level 4) - An AAT full member is a qualified accountant who has successfully demonstrated the experience and skills necessary to be approved for MAAT status. Delegates who have earned their MAAT status can use the designatory letters MAAT after their name and they can apply for a licence to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper.

What can I expect from a job in Accounting?

At this level, you will be very comfortable working on higher level accounting tasks required of a Finance Officer or Senior Accountant, where responsibilities may include:

Reviewing financial reports

Reconciling account balances and bank statements

Maintaining general ledger and preparing month-end close procedures

Managing cash controls

Producing error-free accounting reports and presenting results

Salaries vary by industry, sector, and role; however, industry averages range between £32,500 and £42,500 a year, with some companies offering above £60,000 a year, at this level.

Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification Syllabus

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification comprises three mandatory units: an assessment, and a choice of five optional units. You’ll need to complete all the mandatory units and two of the five optional units, to complete the course. The assessment fees are not included in the cost of the course.

It’s best to complete the mandatory units first, before deciding which optional units you'll want to study. Should you want to specialise in tax, you’ll want to consider waiting until you have most of the new year ahead of you, before requesting the textbooks, as tax changes year-on-year and you don't want to have an out-of-date textbook.

We include the study text so that you have everything you need to study, including textbooks and exam revision kits so that you can test yourself at home and be sure you’re fully prepared for the exam.

As this course is delivered via textbook, your course will not expire, meaning you can take the exams when you’re ready.

Syllabus

Mandatory Units

  • Mandatory Unit 1- Applied Management Accounting
  • Mandatory Unit 2 - Drafting and interpreting Financial Statements
  • Mandatory Unit 3- Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

Optional Units

  • Optional Unit 1 - Business Tax
  • Optional Unit 2 - Personal Tax
  • Optional Unit 3 - Audit and Assurance
  • Optional Unit 4 - Cash and Financial Management
  • Optional Unit 5 - Credit and Debt Management

Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting Assessment Details

Mandatory Assessments

  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

Optional Exams

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Credit and Debt Management

Questions include multiple-choice, selecting answers from a drop-down menu and typing numbers into form fields. For some assessments, you will be required to type quite lengthy amounts of text, with the Synoptic assessment.

You will be tested via a Synoptic assessment, which will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the Level 4 qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of your qualification and will be taken at specific times throughout the year.

The national average pass rate for AAT Level 4 is 68.8%. Our pass rate is 82.2%.

How is this course assessed?

To achieve this qualification, students are required to pass the mandatory computer-based assessments. We will help you pass your assessments by offering progressive tests that run throughout the course, along with the model answers for self-assessment. The assessment fees are not included in the cost of the course.

All AAT exams will be at exam centres. There is not a remote invigilation option until September 2023 at the earliest. AAT will also not be releasing results for computer-based exams immediately during the first few weeks of September 2022, for units that typically get a same day result. 

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