This course is validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT - Level 4 - Professional Diploma in Accounting

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC214
  • Duration: 48 weeks x 6 hours
  • Validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Price: £2350.00

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The AAT is the world's leading professional membership body for accounting technicians, with over 100,000 members worldwide. The AAT is the UK's largest awarding body of skills-based qualifications in accounting. The AAT Accounting Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career.

Recognised by leading employers in the UK and around the world, this is the perfect qualification whether you're starting out, already working in finance, or looking to gain the skills to change career. Through the three qualifications, you'll learn practical skills to prime you for the workplace, from basic finance administration skills, preparing final accounts, through to complex management accounting tasks.

Upon completion you can go on to professional membership and use the designatory letters MAAT after your name. Benefits of this qualification

  • A globally recognised qualification, valued by leading employers
  • Progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers
  • Boost your earning potential by progressing through each level, and becoming a MAAT
  • Fast track to chartered studies with exemptions from other professional accounting bodies
What will I study?

This is a practical course where you will develop skills and knowledge in the controlling of costs and improving the performance of operations. You will learn to monitor and analyse costs against trends and standards. Management information will be used to prepare and present management reports. Budgets will be prepared, developed, and presented to management. You will examine how computer spreadsheets can assist management in the development and presentation of information. Draft limited company accounts and group financial statements will be prepared, in accordance with International Accounting Standards. You will learn to prepare and explain annual cash flow statements for organisations. To develop your research, analysis and presentation skills you will produce a project report (4000 words) showing how improvements in accounting systems can be achieved.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.


This course is also eligible for advanced learner loan funding - the loan fee is £2,573 - contact us for more information

Entry Requirements

The Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (AAT Intermediate) is the normal entry route. Other students may apply with suitable previous qualifications and or experience.

If you have been declared bankrupt or have had an IVA at any time this may affect your eligibility for AAT membership, please contact the AAT for further clarification.

What's included in the course fee? College Registration, Tuition, Tutorials and Computer Based Assessments (first attempts). Please note that there is a charge for re-sit assessments of £50.00. Assessments can only be re-sat twice, after which students will not be permitted to re-sit, in order to re-sit the assessment, students must pay to re-take the module (details of module fees are available by contacting the College)

What's not included in the course fee? Workbooks, Pocket Notes and Computer Revision Kit as appropriate. We would recommend all students attending on AAT courses at Blackburn College purchase a full set of Workbooks as a minimum. The estimated cost for these learning resources are up to:

  • Level 2: £100
  • Level 3: £125
  • Level 4: £150
  • Level 2 Book Keeping: £40

The course fees above also exclude AAT Registrations Fees and the AAT Annual Student Membership Fee, which students organise directly with the AAT.

Continuing AAT students pay the Annual Student Membership fee only.

How will I be assessed?

The Level 4 in accounting is assessed primarily by Computer Based Assessments and the results are available straight after the test. For certain modules including the ICAS project the AAT allow workplace evidence when appropriate. These modules are marked manually and you'll normally have the results within six weeks.

What can I do next?

Jobs relating to the Level 4 Diploma in Accounting may involve supervision of small teams or other staff. Such positions can be found in accounting practice, local government and business. Students completing AAT Level 4 are recognised as Accounting Technicians and can work at all levels - from Accounts Clerks to Financial Controllers - in all sectors of the economy. They may apply to the Association of Accounting Technicians to be recognised as members of the AAT, denoted by the letters MAAT.

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email