AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting (AQ2022)


  • Adults (Part-time), H.E. Students
  • 7 hours hours per week


Course content

The course covers the following units:

  1. Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements (AQ2022)
  2. Applied Management Accounting (AQ2022)
  3. Internal Accounting Systems and Control (AQ2022)
  4. Personal Tax (AQ2020)
  5. Credit and Debt Management (AQ2020)

Will this course give me what I want?

Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of a university degree and at this level of study, there is a strong focus on communication skills. This reflects the fact that the role of the accountant is changing.

Accounting software packages such as Sage, QuickBooks and Xero are increasingly sophisticated and can carry out many of the tasks traditionally completed by bookkeepers and accountants. Accountants, therefore, need to interpret information and advise managers and clients, rather than simply making adjustments at year-end or carrying out calculations.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?


How will I learn?

Your tutors will use a range of practical, interactive teaching methods and resources. You will also be expected to participate actively in lessons and complete independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Four computer-based online examinations assessments, one for each unit.

Equipment and other costs

You will be expected to purchase a set of discounted textbooks as recommended by your tutor and to become a student member of the AAT

Could I earn money whilst doing this course, e.g. as an apprentice?

Yes. Please let us know if you would like to find out more about apprenticeships.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting (AQ2022)

Is there additional work required by the student?

You will be required to spend an average of 8 hours a week on independent study activities set by your tutor who will then give you feedback.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Assistant Financial Accountant, Senior Bookkeeper, Cost Accountant, Tax Accountant

Awarding Body

AAT logo

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement is AAT Level 3 in Accounting preferably with first-time passes in all units.

English level: Level 2 (GCSE at 4-5 (C) or above) because 60% of the exam marks are based on your writing skills.

Mathematics level: Level 2 (GCSE at 4-5 (C) or above)


Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Please be aware that unless expressly stated, the cost of your course is for a single year only. 

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,725 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
For the most up-to-date information visit www.gov.uk/student-finance or check out the Student Finance Calculator.

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Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer.