AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (QCF)

AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (QCF)

AAt Level 4

Course Overview

Subject matter 

As the final level of this full online AAT qualification, AAT Level 4 training course is aimed at students with a more advanced level of accounting knowledge and those who have completed AAT Level 3 online course. With the increased difficulty comes a more complex syllabus that will allow you to specialise the specific areas of accounting that you find most interesting, such as tax or credit control. The course information gleaned through this final level will fully prepare you for the practical accounting world and set you well on your way towards becoming a chartered accountant.

Please note classroom delivery is done in the centre; Elite Training Assessing & Development CIC. The study is done at a steady pace with specific study times, face to face with expert and experienced tutors. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout the course.


Outline of the AAT Level 4 Online Course

The online AAT Level 4 course is made up of 6 units, 4 are compulsory and 2 are optional:
Financial statements: The principles and actualities of preparing and drafting financial statements
Budgeting: How and why budgets are prepared, budgetary procedures, the preparation of revenue forecasts and financial recommendations
Financial performance: How to handle and calculate financial performance, analyse figures and judgement making alongside management
Internal control and accounting systems: Understanding the role of internal control systems and estimating

AND 2 of the following 4:
Credit management and control: The principles of credit management, advising on credit and debt management and setting credit limits
Personal tax: The main principles of personal tax and how to calculate it with regard to income and payments
Business tax: The preparation of tax returns for sole traders, partnerships and incorporated businesses
External auditing: Master the legislative and professional requirements for planning as part of a team as well as conducting and drafting an external audit report.

Who it is for

AAT Level 4 training course is aimed at learners:

  • That hold the AAT Level 3 qualification
  • That hold a UK degree in accounting
  • Who are experienced professionals and are interested in becoming chartered accountants

Course Structure

Study plan

On average, AAT Level 4 online course takes:

  • 300-400 hours of study to complete
  • 12 months to complete when on a distance learning course
  • 6-9 months to complete when on a full-time, classroom course




Please note all assessments will be conducted via an online test; including projects, reports or workplace evidence. For example, it is common to assess students at Level 4 with:

  • 1 written project
  • 4 to 5 Computer Based assessments depending on the module choices selected


6 computer based exams taken at an external exam centre: each exam is 3 hours long
1 AAT e-delivered project or case study (Internal Control and Accounting Systems module only)



All inclusive; books, registration, membership and certification.

Next Steps

Career paths

If you complete two years of relevant work experience, you can become a full AAT member and join the MAAT (Member of AAT) giving you full MAAT Accounting Technician status. This will allow you to:

  • Become an Accounts Manager
  • Run your own accountancy practice
  • Continue with professional development (CPD)
  • Attend AAT events and access to exclusive rates for master courses
  • Access online services and e-learning resources



The Level 4 qualification will enhance your employability and equip you with expert knowledge that will help you progress onto further accounting qualifications or a mid-level accounting role with a prestigious firm.