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The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is the most advanced AAT accounting qualification. It's ideal if you have a lot of accounting experience and are looking to become a financial team leader or set up your own practice. It's also the next step from the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
At this advanced level, you'll cover complex and advanced finance processes and topics. You'll be able to draft financial statements for limited companies, recommend strategy for accounting systems, and build and present complex management accounting reports.
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.
There are no deadlines except the end of the generous support period, so you can set your own timetable and work around your current job or family responsibilities. You'll be supported from enrolment to graduation by your AAT expert tutor and our dedicated student support team, so you'll have everything you need to succeed.
Live online classrooms during lunchtimes, evenings, and weekends make it easy to fit learning around your life.
Suitability - Who should attend?
This course is perfect if you aspire to run your own accounting practice or hold a senior, well-paying technical accounting role.
If you're looking to become a Chartered Accountant, your AAT qualification will allow you to take a fast-track route with all the major Chartered Accountancy bodies. Find out more under 'Continuing Studies'.
In order to enrol, you'll need significant practical accounting experience or the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (or the Level 3 Diploma, as it was previously known). Our course advisors will be happy to talk your experience over with you to make sure you're choosing the right course.
You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
Once you've completed the AAT Professional Diploma you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician. You'll automatically become an affiliate member of AAT, and if you have the relevant work experience you can apply for internationally-recognised professional MAAT status.
You could set up your own practice, or begin further study to become a Chartered Accountant.
Training Course Content
In total, you'll study six units. This includes the four mandatory units, plus two out of the four optional units.
- Management Accounting: Budgeting
- Management Accounting: Decision and Control
- Financial Statements of Limited Companies
- Accounting Systems and Controls
Optional Units (choose two):
- Business Tax
- Personal Tax
- Cash and Treasury Management
- Credit Management
You'll choose your optional units once you've begun your studies. Your expert tutor will be happy to advise you on this decision.
Course fees include:
- Extensive resources
- Kaplan textbooks and eBooks
- Unlimited tutor support
- Access to the ICS Learn Online Student Community
Fees can be paid in full or in monthly instalments.
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
Employer-funded Foundation, Advanced or Professional Accounting courses can be enrolled as an all-inclusive package including Course, Exam, Centre fees, and AAT Membership fees.
Once you've completed your course, you'll have completed all the AAT Accounting qualification levels.
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 the university route.
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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