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AAT Diploma in Accounting - Level 4 - Part-time (North Devon)

Level 4
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
One year

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting offers technical training in accounting and is perfect for those wishing to enhance the skills they've already developed at Level 3 (AAT Advanced Diploma).

Students should choose the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting as it maximises opportunities for employment within a wider accountancy context. In developing this qualification, AAT has carried out extensive consultation with and received input from a wide variety of stakeholders, including industry experts, employers and training providers.


The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. 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 management, and cash and treasury management.

This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options (420 guided learning hours in total).
The mandatory units are:

- Management Accounting: Budgeting
- Management Accounting: Decision and Control
- Financial Statements of Limited Companies
- Accounting Systems and Controls.

The optional units are:
- Business Tax
- Personal Tax
- External Auditing
- Cash and Treasury Management
- Credit Management
Students must successfully complete the three mandatory unit assessments and one synoptic assessment plus unit assessments for two optional units to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by external assessment is 100%.

All assessments in this qualification:

- are set and marked by AAT (with the exception of RPL, which is marked by the training provider)
- are computer based
- are time limited
- are scheduled by training providers or assessment venues
- take place at approved centres and venues under controlled conditions.

Unit and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to the student's overall grade for the qualification.
Generally it is expected that learners wishing to undertake this qualification will already have completed the Diploma in Accounting Level 3.
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.

However, the primary and most important outcome of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is that it can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which include:

- Professional accounting technician
- Assistant auditor
- Assistant management accountant
- Commercial analyst
- Payroll manager
- Senior bookkeeper
- Senior financial officer
- Accounts payable and expenses supervisor
- Assistant financial accountant
- Cost accountant
- Fixed asset accountant
- Indirect tax manager
- Payments and billing manager
- Senior fund accountant
- Senior insolvency administrator
- Tax supervisor
- VAT accountant.

As an example, a professional accounting technician has responsibility for creating and/or verifying and reviewing accurate and timely financial information, either within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. These tasks will be performed to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual¿s knowledge of business systems and processes as well as standard accounting practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accountancy can give qualified students exemptions towards all or parts of the UK¿s chartered and certified accountancy qualifications. The following chartered bodies offer exemptions to AAT students:

1. The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
2. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
3. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
4. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
5. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.

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