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AAT Level 4Diploma in Professional Accounting

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  • Ideal if you have significant practical accounting education & experience
  • Leads to senior roles such as Finance Officer & starting your own practice
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
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Why is this course right for you?

Launch your lucrative finance career with this internationally recognised qualification from the Association of Accounting Technicians, a global leader in finance training.

AAT's all-new 2022 qualifications give you the practical, real-world finance skills that are in demand by employers. They’ll help you:

  • Find your dream job: 78% of AAT members and 73% of students are happy in their jobs 
  • Increase your salary: 77% of students say AAT increased their earning potential 
  • Build a career for life: 83% of AAT members feel secure in their jobs 
  • A bright future: achieving all AAT levels lets you start your own practice or fast-track Chartered status

With us, you can gain the same respected AAT Level 4 qualification as you would in a classroom with all the benefits of online learning, letting you shape your study around your work and family life.

Course Details for AAT Level 4

You must be over 19 and have a reasonable standard of English and Maths (eg. GCSE Level 4 or equivalent). You should also have a related Level 3 qualification and/or at least 12 months experience in the profession. 

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.

If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT might not accept you as a member making you unable to sit your exams. Please contact AAT directly for more advice.

Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Excel to complete the course.

Your course is fully online. You'll study all 3 core units, plus your choice of 2 optional units. 

Core units

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

Optional units

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

For full details of what you’ll learn on each unit, download our AAT course guide.

You’ll sit 5 in-person, computer-based exams at an AAT exam centre.

3 will be core assessments and 2 will be elective assessments. They will be a mix of short-form questions (e.g. multiple-choice and drag and drop), calculations, and written responses. Find an exam centre near you.

Core assessments:

  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements (2.5 hours)
  • Applied Management Accounting (3 hours)
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Control (2.5 hours)

Elective assessments:

  • Business Tax (2 hours)
  • Personal Tax (2 hours)
  • Audit and Assurance (2.5 hours)
  • Credit and Debt Management (2 hours)
  • Cash and Financial Management (2 hours)

You’ll also complete online mock tests throughout your course to ensure you’re well-prepared for your exams.

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‘I recommend ICS Learn as it allows me the flexibility to study around my current role with great tutor support. Since studying AAT, I have been asked to assist with the financial running of a record label.’
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  • Contact your personal AAT tutor online
  • All our tutors are hand-picked for their extensive business and education expertise
  • Get study help and advice from our friendly student services advisors
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

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We think our students say it best. They've rated us 4.8/5 from more than 8000 independent Trustpilot reviews, giving us a rating of Excellent. Plus, we're the most experienced online learning provider - we've been in education for 130 years.

We're committed to helping everyone build a career that they're proud of, and a huge part of that involves giving people the freedom to shape their qualification around their lives. 

Our courses are perfect for you if you have a full-time job, kids, an irregular working pattern, a busy schedule, or if you simply want to be in control of your learning.

From our self-paced course structure to our extended study periods to our unlimited tutor support, we give you the flexibility you need to achieve your qualification, no matter what life throws at you.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of AAT students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance training. 

It has over 135,000 members worldwide and their prestigious qualifications are internationally recognised and respected by employers. 

An AAT qualification is the perfect starting point for a lucrative career in finance and can set you on the path to starting your own accountancy practice or achieving Chartered Accountant status.

An accountancy career has the potential to to take you anywhere you want to go. Whether you want to work in TV, sport, fashion, or for a charity, every organisation in every sector needs qualified accountants. 

Finance professionals are in consistently high demand the world over, so when you choose to study an AAT accounting qualification, you'll be opening the door to hugely rewarding and respected career opportunities.

Want to start your own accounting practice or go freelance? Once you complete your AAT Level 4 Diploma, you can. 

Is becoming a Chartered Accountant your goal? Your AAT training can be a stepping stone to ACCA, CIMA, and other Chartered Accountancy qualifications, and will even allow you to skip certain modules - potentially getting you to Chartered status faster than the university route.

And if you've got your eyes set on the boardroom, more than half of FTSE 100 CEOs began their career in finance. 

You don't need to wait til you've completed your AAT course to start reaping the benefits of studying AAT. Simply putting 'Studying towards AAT' on your CV can help you attract employers and stand out from the crowd.

After completing the AAT Level 2 Certificate, you'll be ready to take on entry-level finance roles such as:

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Trainee Accounting Technician
  • Trainee Finance Assistant

Once you've completed the next qualification, the AAT Level 3 Diploma, you can move into roles like:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Practice Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant

Once you've achieved the most advanced AAT training, the AAT Level 4 Diploma, you have a huge number of career options.

If you'd like the freedom of working for yourself, you could start your own accountancy practice or work as a freelance accountant.

You could become a Chartered Accountant by joining an AAT fast-track with ACCA, CIMA, or one of the other UK Chartered Accountancy bodies.

And you could take on a huge number of prestigious finance roles:

  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant

Here's the average salary of AAT students and graduates at each stage of their career.

  • AAT Student: £19,000
  • Trainee Accountant: £20,000
  • Accounts Assistant: £23,000
  • Bookkeeper: £25,000
  • Semi-Senior Accountant: £26,000
  • Qualified Senior/Executive: £37,000
  • Assistant Manager: £41,000
  • Manager: £48,000
  • Senior Manager: £43,000
  • Self-Employed AAT Accountant: £54,000

Plus, if you join the AAT fast-track with a Chartered Accountancy body like ACCA or CIMA, you could earn upwards of £70,000 a year as a Chartered Accountant. 

Average AAT salaries from the AAT Salary Survey 2022. Chartered Accountant salary from TotalJobs.

 

To study this course, you should be aged 19 or over, have a reasonable standard of English and Maths (e.g. GCSE Level 4 or equivalent), and be competent in double-entry bookkeeping.

You should also have an AAT Level 3 related qualification and/or at least 12 months of experience in the accountancy profession.

If you’re not sure which AAT course to choose, we recommend taking the AAT Skillcheck. It’s a 30-minute online multiple-choice test that will suggest the right level for you based on your accounting knowledge.

The AAT Level 2 Certificate is perfect if you have no accounting experience or if you haven’t mastered essential skills like double-entry bookkeeping yet. Most students start at Level 2, even if they have some accounting experience.

The AAT Level 3 Diploma is for you if you have significant practical accounting experience and a firm grasp of all the topics covered at Level 2.

The AAT Level 4 Diploma could be ideal if you understand everything covered at Foundation and Advanced level and are fully competent in double-entry bookkeeping. Students rarely enrol directly onto the Level 4Diploma without completing Level 2/ Level 3 or a similar practical accounting qualification first.

If you plan on completing multiple levels, you can save money and transition smoothly by studying our Level 2 & Level 3 or Level 3 & Level 4 combined courses.

And if you'd like to become a bookkeeper rather than an accountant, one of our AAT Bookkeeping courses could be right for you.

Before you enrol with us, our expert AAT advisors will talk through your experience and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the perfect course.

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*Payment plans that include your AAT registration fee are available through our course advisors.

‡ AAT Salary Survey 2017.

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