Our combined AAT Advanced Diploma & Professional Diploma in Accounting course allows you to study both levels in one affordable, convenient package.
This online course is perfect if you're already working in accountancy or have completed an AAT Foundation Certificate/Level 2 qualification. It'll allow you to take on senior accounting roles, set up your own practice or take a fast-track Chartered Accountancy course.
The AAT Advanced Diploma course will develop your skills in advanced bookkeeping, spreadsheet software, accounts preparation, final accounts for sole trader and partnerships, and management costing techniques. You'll understand VAT issues in business and professional ethics for accountants.
On the AAT Professional Diploma course, you'll learn to draft financial statements for limited companies, recommend strategy for accounting systems, and build and present complex management accounting reports. You'll gain key financial management skills and pick two specialist study areas.
Once you've passed, you'll automatically become an affiliate AAT member. You'll also be able to achieve internationally-recognised professional MAAT status if you have the right work experience by applying for full membership.
The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and sought-after by employers.
It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. You can get started right away with a small deposit, and pay the rest with an interest-free payment plan.
Plus, you’ll be supported throughout your studies by your professional AAT tutor and our excellent student support team.
That’s why our AAT pass rate is a brilliant 96%.
In total, these two AAT qualifications are worth 109 UCAS credits and have a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 1,080 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.
The first half of the course, the AAT Advanced Diploma, sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 3, or Level 6 in the Scottish system. The final qualification you'll receive, the Professional Diploma in Accounting, sits at Level 4, or Level 8 in the Scottish system.
In total, you'll study twelve separate units, six for each course.
For the first half of this of this combined qualification, the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus), you'll study the following units:
Final Accounts Preparation
Management Accounting: Costing
Ethics for Accountants
Spreadsheets for Accounting
The second part of this combined qualification, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus), also has six units. Four are mandatory, then you'll choose two more from four possible options.
The mandatory units are:
Management Accounting: Budgeting
Management Accounting: Decision and Control
Financial Statements of Limited Companies
Accounting Systems and Controls
The optional units you can choose from are:
Cash and Treasury Management
You'll choose your two optional units once you've begun your studies. Your tutor will be more than happy to help you make the decision.
This course is ideal for you if you aspire to become a fully qualified Accounting Technician and take on senior accounting roles.
It's also suitable for you if you want to start your own accounting practice, or enter a fast-track programme to become a Chartered Accountant. You can find out more about this under 'Further Education'.
To take this course, you'll need the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (or Level 2 Certificate, as it was previously known), or some accounting experience in an entry-level or support role.
You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.
Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.
Not sure which course is right for you? Complete the AAT Skillcheck. It's a short online test with a series of multiple-choice questions that takes 30 minutes to complete, and it'll suggest the level that would suit you best.
Once you've completed both levels of the combined course, you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician. You'll automatically become an affiliate member of AAT, and if you have the right work experience you can apply for internationally-recognised professional MAAT status.
You could set up your own accounting practice, or begin fast-tracked further study to become a Chartered Accountant.
You'll be equipped with the skills needed to work in senior accounting roles such as:
You don't need to wait until you've completed the full course to apply for better, more senior roles. When you've competed the first half of the combined course, the Advanced Diploma, you'll be ready to take on mid-level roles such as:
The Professional Diploma is the highest AAT Accounting qualification, so once you've finished your course, you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician.
You could continue your education by becoming a Chartered Accountant. Your AAT qualifications will allow you to fast-track your certification by skipping certain modules, thus achieving chartered status more quickly than by going to university.
All the UK Chartered Accountancy bodies recognise AAT qualifications, and AAT is sponsored by the professional accounting bodies CIPFA, ICAEW, CIMA and ICAS.
Find out how your AAT qualification can fast-track your certification with:
You could also train with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) to become a tax specialist.
You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Please note that the AAT Student admission fee, annual AAT student membership fee, AAT exam fees and AAT exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price listed. Please contact us for the latest AAT fee information.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor and student support team, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field.
The Student Community will give you access to a huge range of helpful resources:
We'll also give you:
You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.
Whenever you need help, there'll be a real person on hand.
You'll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with. All your work will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Plus, our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
Your AAT tutor and support team will give you all the help you need, any time you ask. Because our courses allow you to work at your own pace, we won't chase you about deadlines or keeping up with your coursework. However, if you feel like you're falling behind at any time, just contact us and let us know - we'll do everything we can to help you get back on track.
The support period for the combined AAT level 3 and 4 Accountancy course is 36 months:
You can complete your course as quickly or slowly as you choose within this time. You may also be able to extend the support period for a small fee.
Your AAT assessments will be computer-based and you'll sit them at an AAT-approved exam centre. They're designed to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding you've developed through the course.
There are two types of assessment:
You must complete all the unit assessments before you sit the synoptic exam.
In total, you'll sit eleven assessments on this combined course.
For the Advanced Diploma, you'll sit five assessments. Four will be unit assessments:
You'll then complete a final synoptic exam, which will cover material from all six units you've studied at Advanced Level.
For the Professional Diploma, you'll sit six separate assessments. Five of these will be unit assessments:
The sixth assessment will be synoptic, covering knowledge and skills you've gained across all four of the mandatory units you've studied at Professional level. It won't cover any material from the optional units.
Synoptic exams for this course take place six times a year, so you might have to book in advance to secure your place.
Before you sit the real thing, you'll have completed a number of practice tests to ensure you're well-prepared. You'll sit a mock exam at the end of every unit so you know where you're doing well and where you can improve. You'll also complete a sample synoptic assessment that'll be marked and given constructive feedback by your tutor.
Once you've passed your mock tests with at least 70%, the minimum pass grade, you can arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate. To make your life easier, there'll be a list of exam centres which accept private candidates on the Student Community. If you have any problems booking your exams, we'll be more than happy to help.
The grades you can achieve are:
Please note that AAT's assessment fees and invigilation fees aren't included in the course price.
In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:
Our course advisors can fill you in on the latest AAT fee information, and advise you on how to pay them. Exam centre fees will vary depending on the centre you choose.
A year's AAT student membership can be included on your payment plan. Please note that AAT requires you to activate your membership within four weeks of enrolment.