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Apprenticeship - Accounting Level 4

Programme Description


The AAT higher apprenticeship is a level 4 framework for individuals who would like to develop their accounting and finance skills to a professional level.

This apprenticeship is a work based learning programme at Level 4 where the learner is 'earning while learning'. The programme is ideally suited to employees working in a finance role who would like to build on or obtain formal recognition of their skills or go on to study for chartered status.  The apprentice will be employed and receive at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage (this could be more at the employer's discretion). The apprentice will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete the Apprenticeship framework dependent on ability and prior experience.

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features


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.

All learners will be supported by a Training Adviser/Assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis and will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within timescales. They will also assess the apprentice in the workplace as required.

AAT will require all students to register with the Professional Body. Restrictions to membership may apply. Information available at www.aat.org.uk.

Progression & Employment


Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their name.

Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as: 

  • professional accounting technician 
  • assistant management accountant
  • commercial analyst 
  • payroll manager 
  • senior bookkeeper
  • senior financial officer
  • accounts payable and expenses supervisor 
  • assistant financial accountant 
  • cost accountant 
  • indirect tax manager 
  • payments and billing manager 
  • senior fund accountant 
  • tax supervisor 

Programme Content


The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers the following units:

  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Personal Tax
  • External Auditing
  • Professional Synoptic Assessment

The first five units are assessed individually and the last unit is a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification.  

The course also includes both Essential Skills in Communication and Application of Number at Level 2 (Exemptions may apply).

Method of Assessment


The assessments are computer based with a time restriction. Each contains a range of question types and formats, for example multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal.

Some assessments will require written answers, particularly the synoptic assessment.

Entry Requirements


Entry into the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship can come from the following routes: completion of the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting or Level 3 Apprenticeship in Accounting; a relevant Accounting degree approved by AAT prior to commencement.  Entry to the apprenticeship is  also dependent upon suitable employment.

A good standard of Maths and English is also recommended.  Any vocational experience in accounting will be of immense help. 

Additional Costs


Learners will be required to pay for exams if multiple re-sits are necessary.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.