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Apprenticeship - AAT Accounting Level 4 - Diploma in Professional Accounting

Programme Description


The AAT Diploma in Professional 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.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  It will take up to 16 months to complete the higher apprenticeship framework dependent on ability and prior experience.

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features


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 Diploma in Professional Accounting covers the following units:

  • Applied Management Accounting 
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Personal Tax 
  • Audit and Assurance 


These five units are assessed individually through computer based end of-unit assessments.

The course also includes both Essential Skills in communication and application of number at level two(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.

Entry Requirements


Any of the following routes would be required: completion of a level three diploma in accounting or a level three 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 benefit.  

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.