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The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting maximises opportunities for employment within a wider accountancy context and will suit those who would like to continue to build their accounting skills or are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills.

It is a 2 year part-time course and a student who passes an AAT assessment is passing a test of real workplace skills, set in a real workplace scenario context, which has been reviewed by practitioners and industry experts. This qualification will suit those that have already completed their Level 3 AAT qualification (or equivalent) and would like to progress to full membership of AAT or study for chartered accountant status. It is also suitable for those that wish to start their own business through AAT licensed member in practice scheme (MIP).

Course description

By studying for this qualification, students will acquire professional accountancy and finance skills that will be useful throughout their careers, including drafting financial statements for limited companies, knowledge and skills in complex management accounting techniques, the ability to analyse accounting systems and their associated controls, knowledge and skills in specialist accountancy and finance subjects.

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.

If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil our work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional MAAT status.

What areas will I study?

This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five 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:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • External auditing
  • Cash and treasury management
  • Credit management

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £TBC 2 Academic years -
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 2 Academic years £TBC 2 Academic years -