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AAT Advanced (Level 3) and Professional (Level 4) Diplomas

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810 hours
1,223 GBP
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

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The 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, live online classrooms and our excellent student support team.

Suitability - Who should attend?

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.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • AAT Advanced Diploma
  • AAT Professional Diploma

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.

Training Course Content

In total, these two AAT qualifications 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.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting

For the first half of this of this combined qualification, the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus), you'll study the following units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

AAT Professional Diploma in 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:

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management


In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:

  • AAT Registration Fees
  • AAT Annual Student Membership Fees
  • AAT Exam Fees
  • Exam Centre Administration Fees

Continuing Studies

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.

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