AAT: Accounting - Level 4 Diploma (Distance Learning)

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncgdirect.co.uk for more information.

Duration: 12 Months

Venue: Distance Learning

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The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading professional body for accounting technicians, working across the globe with around 125,000 members in more than 90 countries.

In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and provides you with a professional status you can be proud of.

The aim of this qualification is to enhance the skills developed in the level 3 diploma. You’ll look at financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management skills and specialist learning areas.

Upon completion, you will automatically become an AAT affiliate member and with relevant work experience will qualify for AAT full membership.

The advanced level will suit you if:

  • You’ve completed the intermediate (level 3 Diploma) accounting level and would like to build your skills
  • You’re already working in finance and you’d like a formal recognition of your skills
  • You would like to go onto be an AAT full member or study for chartered status

AAT - Level 4 Diploma in Accounting


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The advanced level consists of the six units listed below

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 ratio analysis


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

Financial Performance

  • 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 identifying areas for improvement
  • Conducting ethical and sustainability evaluations of accounting systems
  • Making recommendations to improve the accounting system.

Specialist Units – for advanced level 4 diploma learners

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax

Learning Methods

A Personal On-line Tutor who will guide and support you through your studies

Learner view is where you can access your course site, set targets, view tutor notes and access assessments grades.

NCG On-line Course Site

You will have access to a course site which will contain all the necessary learning materials, tools, support and information required to enable you to successively complete your course. This will include:

You will be assessed using a range of methods including written assignments and exams

After successfully completing the level 4 diploma in accounting you can study – the level 6 BA (hons) Business Management

Possible jobs after completing this qualification

Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Assistant Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Fixed Asset Accountant, Indirect Tax Manager. Payments and Billing Manager, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Finance Officer. Senior Fund Accountant, Senior Insolvency Administrator, Tax Supervisor, VAT Accountant

After completing AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting, your typical salary range will be between £12,600 to £26,000.

This salary range is taken from AAT’s 2013 Salary Survey for people working full-time. The range represents the middle 75% at this level of the qualification.

Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

£ 1195.00

The cost of this course is £1,195.00
Additional Fees
Learners are required to pay for the AAT admission, membership and assessment fees. These fees vary depending on personal circumstances. For a full list of fee costs please go to; https://www.aat.org.uk/

Current AAT fees;
Admission Fee - £41
Annual Membership Fee UK - £88
Annual Membership Fee International - £78
Assessment Fees – £42 per Assessment

For further information please contact NCG Direct on 0191 2266313

Additional Information

If you’re over 24 years of age, this course can be funding using the governments 24+ Advanced Learner Loan system, you won’t pay anything untill your course is finished and then you only start paying back when/if you earn over £21,000 per year. LARA Ref Number: 60068929

NCG Direct also offer a system for monthly instalments, please see our website for more details www.ncgdirect.co.uk

Alternatively your course can be funded by your employer, please contact our enquiries for further details on 0191 226 6313 | enquiries@ncgdirect.co.uk

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Course List

Accountancy and Finance

Business and Leadership