• Course code:


  • Subject area:

    Accountancy, Higher Education

  • Attendance:

    Part Time

  • Qualification:

    AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting - Level 4

  • Duration:

    18 months

  • Venue:


  • Start Date:


About the course

You will learn:-

Financial Statements

  • Understanding the regulatory framework underpinning financial reporting
  • Understanding key features of published financial statements
  • Drafting a limited company's statutory financial statements
  • Drafting consolidated financial statements
  • Interpreting financial statements using ration analysis

Management Accounting: Budgeting

  • Preparing budgets and income and expenditure forecasts
  • Assessing budgeting impact of internal and external factors
  • Using budgetary control to improve organisational performance

Management Accounting: Decision and Control

  • Collating and analysing cost information from various sources
  • Measuring performance and managing costs appropriately
  • Making suggestions for improving financial performance by monitoring and analysing information
  • Preparing performance reports for management

Internal Control and Accounting Systems

  • Understanding importance and use of internal control systems
  • Evaluating the accounting system and identify areas for improvement
  • Conducting ethical and sustainability evaluations of accounting systems
  • Making recommendation to improve the accounting system

Personal Tax

  • Principles of personal tax (income tax = capital gains tax) and preparation of tax computations

Business Tax

  • Principles of business tax (corporation tax + CGT) and preparation of tax computations

The benefits of studying this qualification are:-

  • A globally recognised, valued by leading employers
  • Progression opportunities to further AAT qualifications and a choice of great careers
  • Boost your earning potential by progressing through each level and becoming a MAAT
  • Fast track to chartered studies with exemptions from other professional accounting bodies
Attendance at every session is very important.  Holidays must not be booked in term time.
In addition to the time spent in the classroom you must be prepared to put in an equivalent amount of time on home study.  You will need to read the topic we have covered in more detail and complete a number of practice exercises to embed your knowledge and practice the techniques learnt.




This course is suitable for those who wish to become members of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Students can apply to become full members of the Association of Accounting Technicians when they have completed AAT Level 4.

Entry Requirements:

Students must have achieved AAT Level 3 or have exemption from level 3.


AAT assessments are designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of the skills you've developed. The assessment methods used are:-

  • Practical computer based assessments (CBA) The results are available within six weeks of the assessment date


Advanced Learner Loans

Learners who are aged 19 and over and studying Level 3 - 6 Further Education and training programmes.

Advanced Learner Loans will give learners in further education access to financial support for tuition costs, similar to that which is available in Higher Education. This means rather than an individual having to pay for their course upfront they have the option of accessing a loan, from the Student Loans Company, that they will only start to repay once they have left the course and are earning over £25,000.

Learners aged 19 and over will therefore have the option to either:

  • Pay the course fees themselves
  • Have an employer/sponsor pay the course fees for them
  • Apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help pay for the course fees

The Advanced Learner Loans are for anyone who is:

  • Aged 19 and above at the start of their course
  • Studying at Level 3 - 6 in Further Education and training
  • Resident in the UK
  • Has not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification.

The loan is available irrespective of the learner’s current employment status and the loan will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.

Note: All AAT students have to personally register as student members of the AAT. For all Levels and all ages the cost on initial registration is £123. Thereafter the yearly renewal fee is £84. These fees are not included in the course fees charged by the college.

The cost of the course includes tuition and first exam sitting for each module, but does not include text books or membership fees.  We use the Osborne Tutorial books, the BPP Question Banks and the Kaplan Exam Kits and the total cost of books for all six modules will be approx £200.  You must get all the books for each module as they will all be used in class.

Attendance requirements

Daytime course Monday 09:30 – 15:00
Evening course Monday & Tuesday 18:00 – 20:30
The duration of the course is four terms (ie Sept 2020 - July 2021, then Sept 2021 - Dec 2021) and will require attendance at college for all of that time.  Please note that the exact end date of the course may be directed by the AAT synoptic windows - it may be that the final exam runs into January (or even February) 2022, so please be aware of this possibility.



Not applicable for this type of course


For further information please contact our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@crawley.ac.uk or by calling 01293 442200 - press option 2 for Admissions. If you are an employer or looking to join this course to support your job role, please contact a Skills Adviser on 01293 442200 (press 4) or email employers@crawley.ac.uk