AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

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Summary

The Level 4 Diploma is the final level of the AAT qualification and covers higher level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements for companies, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of tax and credit control.

This level is the natural progression if you have already completed levels 2 and 3, or if you are at a more advanced stage in your career and want a qualification to give you the confidence and proof that you have the skills to do the job. Direct entry to Level 4 is suitable to those with existing advanced/higher qualifications in accounting and/or relevant experience.

Once you’ve achieved this level, you will be a qualified accounting technician. With evidence of one year’s full time or equivalent past relevant work experience, you will be able to apply to become a full member of AAT and use the letters MAAT after your name. You will also qualify for exemptions from many professional chartered accountancy qualifications e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA and CIPFA.

What are the entry requirements?

Progression from Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or, in certain exceptional circumstances, direct entry due to prior relevant higher qualifications and experience. Students should have an adequate level of English and Mathematics (Level 2 or equivalent recommended).

The AAT requires that students disclose any criminal records or financial barriers to membership e.g. County Court Judgements, bankruptcy etc. Applicants should seek advice from the AAT (www.aat.org.uk) to ensure they can meet these requirements for AAT student membership before enrolment takes place.

What subjects will I study?

• Drafting financial statements
• Budgeting
• Financial Performance
• Internal Control and Accounting Systems**
• Credit Management and Debt Control
• Taxation (Personal Tax or Business Tax may be offered)

** This unit requires a 3,500 - 4,000 word project to be submitted electronically.

How will I learn?

The course is classroom based (taught sessions and workshops).
The use of electronic learning resources is encouraged e.g. the AAT's website learning resources and those available via the college's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How will I be assessed?

All units include a computer based assessment or project and these are held at the college.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Satisfactory completion of this qualification together with meeting other conditions may lead to membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians and enable such successful applicants to use the letters MAAT after their name.
For those who wish to proceed, exemptions are available from the first year of professional accountancy qualifications (e.g. ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA, ACA)

How long is the course?

One evening and one morning over 36 weeks starting in September and finishing in July.
Extra sessions may be required through the college's usual term holidays.
The qualification will require at least an equal amount of home study.

Are there any additional costs?

The AAT charges an annual membership fee and an initial registration fee. These are essential costs which must be paid in order to undertake the course. In addition, there are books and stationery requirements for study. Book codes and details will be provided at the start of your course. Assessment fees are included in the course fee for first exam attempts.

AAT Membership Disclaimer
To undertake AAT qualifications, students must be a registered member with the AAT and this requires students to meet the AAT’s policy on bankruptcy and criminal background. This is outside the control of Furness College and is your personal responsibility. Further information can be found at; www.aat.org.uk.

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