Course overviewAccounting Level 4 Professional Diploma City of Bristol College
This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional course is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional AAT Accountant status.
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Who is this course for?
The course is most suited for anyone working in an accountancy environment, although this is not essential.
This course is for adults aged 19+.
What you'll learn
In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as a range of optional specialist units.
On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.
Units of Study
The Level 4 course covers a range of key areas, including mandatory units of study:
- Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
- Applied Management Accounting
- Internal Accounting Systems and Controls
Optional units – the following two units are taught at the college:
- Cash and Financial Management
- Credit and Debt Management
You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.
Course entry requirements
You must have a sound knowledge of accounting principles to undertake the AAT Level 4 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting is essential.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
This course is delivered via a blended approach between online and in the classroom, with lessons delivered every week by an experienced AAT tutor.
Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.
Your tutor will provide regular guidance and feedback to ensure that you are assessment ready for online computer-based exams. This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
Future career and study opportunities
The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to study chartered accountancy.
The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to the achievement of professional AAT (MAAT) status. Employment opportunities include: Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Assistant Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Indirect Tax Manager, Payments and Billing Manager, Payroll Manager, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Insolvency Administrator, Tax Supervisor, VAT Accountant.
You will need to pay an annual AAT Membership fee of £240. Learners registering for the first time will pay a one-off administration fee of £43 as well as the membership fees.
If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.
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