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AAT - Association of Accounting Technicians

AAT Advanced & Professional Diploma in Accounting (Levels 3 & 4)

Course Overview

Building on the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, this AAT package includes both the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) and the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4), so you can work your way up to professional Accountant, earning your MAAT status. 

This AAT training package will teach you the essential skills and knowledge to function within a senior Accounting role, including using advanced double-entry bookkeeping, implementing procedures for acquisition and disposal of non-current assets, preparing and recording depreciation calculations. You will also understand how to prepare draft budgets and revise them as required, and learn how to measure performance and prepare performance reports. 

Your AAT licence is a mark of professionalism and compliance. Passing your AAT Level 3 exams and assessments will earn your AATQB status, making you a Licensed Bookkeeper capable of offering 5 of the 18 services. Passing your AAT Level 4 exams and assessments will earn your MAAT status, making you a Licensed Accountant, where you can offer all 18 services. We have provided a full list of services in our Syllabus & Exam section below. Both qualifications enable you to use the designatory letters after your name. 

We want you to pass your AAT exams and have a successful career in finance. To help you prepare fully, we have developed a comprehensive training package for AAT Levels 3 & 4. This package includes eLearning, study books, live online classes, official Sage certification and software, Xero certification, and responsive tutor support to provide you with additional help when you need it.

As one of the UK's largest AAT training providers, we have successfully trained nearly 10,000 AAT students and have some of the highest pass rates in the country.

We're incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020!'

Our Pass Rate

  • Level 3 87.6%

    (National average 75%)

  • Level 4 82.2%

    (National average 68.8%)

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exam: Available via Awarding Body
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • 87.6% Pass rate (Level 3)
  • 82.2% Pass rate (Level 4)
  • AAT Membership included (worth £155)
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Tutor Support Included (18 months)
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online, Books & Live Classes
  • Exam: Available via Awarding Body
  • Course Access: 15 months
  • 87.6% Pass rate (Level 3)
  • 82.2% Pass rate (Level 4)
  • AAT Membership included (worth £155)
  • Interest-free Payments
  • Tutor Support Included (18 months)
  • Become a Licensed Bookkeeper with AATQB status (Level 3)
  • Become a Licensed Accountant with MAAT status (Level 4)
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Why study the AAT Advanced & Professional Diploma in Accounting course with e-Careers?

If you’re interested in a career in Accounting, be sure to choose an award-winning professional training provider like e-Careers, to undertake your AAT Accounting training with! 

We have developed an expert team over the last 10 years since our inception. In that time, we have trained over 600,000 delegates globally, which has helped offer the highest quality training. By refining our processes, partner relationships, and course materials, we can offer high-quality training solutions for our delegates.

We're proud of our excellent rating on TrustPilot, with over 10,000 reviews from our past students.

Benefits of this training course 

  •    Best Price Guaranteed! - You won't find a like-for-like price cheaper, guaranteed!
  •    Interest-free payment options - We offer a range of payments options to help spread the cost.
  •    High pass rates - Our pass rates are higher than the national average (see Syllabus & Exams section below for more details).
  •    Flexibility – This course is delivered online via our eLearning training platform and with books, so you can study whenever suits you best.
  •    1 year AAT Membership included (worth £155).
  •    Authority – We are an industry-recognised and AAT approved training provider.
  •    Live Online Sessions (Level 3 only) - Exam preparation sessions and live online classes to help you prepare to sit your exams confidently.  
  •    Tutor support included – Our experienced AAT tutors have over 20 years of experience.
  •    A badge of excellence – AAT qualifications are internationally recognised and will teach you a range of practical accounting skills.  
  •    Gain the skills employers want – Gain practical industry focused qualifications, helping you take on the right roles for your skill set.
  •    Boost your earning potential – Your certifications will boost your earning potential and help you move into more senior job roles.
  •    Confidence – Gain confidence as you train through your AAT course via our online platform and books.  

Benefits of our Online Training Platform

  •    Your interactive training will include a series of videos and reading materials to keep you engaged and motivated to complete the course.
  •    This course was written and developed by our team of experts, including AAT professionals who train at a college level, bringing classroom quality training to your online course.
  •    Progressive tests throughout your training to ensure you have understood the subject materials.
  •    Practice assessments to test your overall knowledge.
  •    A study plan is included to help you focus and stay on track.
  •    We update our course materials when required to ensure our students always get the most updated version of our course.
  •    Email notifications if you don't log in to help push you along where needed.

Contact us to enrol on this AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Professional Diploma in Accounting (Levels 3 & 4) training course to advance your Accounting career today! 

Is the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Professional Diploma in Accounting suitable for me?

Delegates looking to work towards their AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3 & 4 must first have completed the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) or gained sufficient experience in an accounting role.  

Due to the nature of this course, we also recommend that students:

  •    Are at least 16 years old (or have the consent of a parent or guardian).
  •    Have a solid understanding of the English language.
  •    Are comfortable with mathematics.
  •    Have access to a PC or Laptop.

What jobs can I apply for after my AAT training? 

When you have completed your AAT Level 3 and Level 4 training and exams, you can apply for senior Accounting roles or move into the Accounting industry for those new to the industry, or considering how to get into Accounting.  

Typical job roles at this level include: 

  •    Senior Bookkeeper - £31,000
  •    Accounts Payable/Expenses Supervisor - £33,000
  •    Commercial Analyst - £34,000
  •    Senior Finance Officer - £37,000
  •    VAT Accountant - £37,000
  •    Payments & Billing Manager - £39,000
  •    Payroll Manager - £40,000
  •    Cost Accountant - £40,000
  •    Fixed Asset Accountant - £45,000
  •    Indirect Tax Manager - £56,000

(Source: Payscale)

You’ll also be able to gain AATQB status and apply for professional MAAT status. Both allow you to have the letters AATQB and MAAT after your name, and be able to submit final balances for any sized organisation.

AAT Salaries

Salaries for AAT certified professionals in the UK has risen this year. The average salary by job level has been outlined below: 

  •    Administrator - £20,000
  •    Accounts/Finance Assistant - £21,000
  •    Accounts/Finance Officer - £27,000
  •    Team Leader/Supervisor - £28,000
  •    Junior Manager - £31,000
  •    Middle Manager - £36,000
  •    Director/Senior Manager - £46,000

AAT Licence types & Services

When you have earned your AAT Level 3 and Level 4 certificates, you can set up your own business and apply to provide either 5 services (with Level 3) or 18 services (with Level 4) to your clients.

These services include:

Licensed Bookkeeper - AATQB (Level 3)

  •    Bookkeeping
  •    Financial accounts and accounts preparation for sole traders and partnerships
  •    VAT
  •    Computerised accountancy systems
  •    Payroll

Licensed Accountant - MAAT (Level 4)

All the above, plus:

  •    Financial accounts and accounts preparation for statutory purposes
  •    Budgeting and forecasting
  •    Management accounting
  •    Personal income tax
  •    Business income tax
  •    Inheritance tax
  •    Capital gains tax
  •    Corporation tax
  •    Limited assurance engagement
  •    Independent examination
  •    Company secretarial services
  •    Internal audit
  •    Forensic accounting

Designatory Letters

Earning your AAT Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications will give you AATQB and professional MAAT status, letting you use the designatory letters AATQB and MAAT after your name. These designatory letters show you have gained the skills, experience and knowledge to work that employers are looking for, which can result in an increase in your earning potential. You can also now legally submit final balances for any sized organisation.

AATQB (gained with AAT Level 3) - An AAT Bookkeeping member is a qualified Bookkeeper, earning AATQB status. Delegates who have earned their AATQB status can use the designatory letters AATQB after their name, and they can apply to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Bookkeeper.

MAAT (gained with AAT Level 4) - An AAT full member is a qualified accountant who has successfully demonstrated the experience and skills necessary to be approved for MAAT status. Delegates who have earned their MAAT status can use the designatory letters MAAT after their name and they can apply for a licence to run their own practice as an AAT Licensed Accountant or Bookkeeper.

What can I expect from a job in Accounting?

At this level, you will be very comfortable working on high level accounting tasks required of a Finance Officer or Senior Accountant, where responsibilities may include:

  •    Reviewing financial reports.
  •    Reconciling account balances and bank statements.
  •    Maintaining general ledger and preparing month-end close procedures.
  •    Managing cash controls.
  •    Producing error-free accounting reports and presenting results.

Salaries vary by industry, sector and role; however, industry averages range between £32,500 and £42,500 a year, with some companies offering above £60,000 a year, at this level.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

Building on the skills and techniques you’ve developed during the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2, levels 3 and 4 will provide you with a detailed understanding of more complex accounting processes, to prepare you for senior job roles. 

The seven modules that you’ll cover throughout this course are:

  •    Unit 1 - Advanced Bookkeeping
  •    Unit 2 - Final Accounts Preparation
  •    Unit 3 - Management Accounting: Costing
  •    Unit 4 - Indirect Taxation
  •    Unit 5 - Ethics for Accountants
  •    Unit 6 - Spreadsheets for Accounting
  •    Unit 7 - Advanced Diploma Synoptic Assessment

Average course completion time – 6-8 months

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Syllabus

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) comprises four mandatory units; an assessment and a choice of five optional modules. You’ll need to complete all the mandatory modules and two of the five optional modules to complete the course. The assessment fees are not included in the cost of the course.

It’s best to complete the mandatory modules first and then decide which optional modules you want to study, as your decision may change by the time you complete the mandatory modules. Once you’re sure of which optional modules you want to study, you can contact us, and we’ll send out the relevant textbooks.

One other thing to consider is that if you’re considering specialising in tax and time is approaching the end of the year, it’s best to wait until the new year, to ensure you have the most up-to-date books, as tax changes year-on-year. 

Mandatory Units

  •    Mandatory Unit 1 - Management Accounting: Budgeting.
  •    Mandatory Unit 2 - Management Accounting: Decision and Control.
  •    Mandatory Unit 3 - Financial Statements of Limited Companies. 
  •    Mandatory Unit 4 - Accounting Systems and Controls. 
  •    Mandatory Unit 5 - Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment.

Optional Units

  •    Optional Unit 1 - Business tax.
  •    Optional Unit 2 - Personal tax.
  •    Optional Unit 3 - External auditing.
  •    Optional Unit 4 - Cash and Treasury Management.
  •    Optional Unit 5 - Credit Management.

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Exam Details

Your personal AAT tutor will run your live online classes (Level 3 only) so that you get the benefits of learning in a college class without leaving your home. Live online classes cover revision sessions and practice papers on the units you need to pass your exams, including Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, and Indirect Taxation. 

  •    Advanced Bookkeeping (2 Hours).
  •    Final Accounts Preparation (2 Hours).
  •    Management Accounting – Costing (2 Hours 30 minutes).
  •    Indirect Taxation (1 Hour 30 minutes).
  •    Advanced Diploma in Accounting Synoptic Test Assessment (2 Hours 45 minutes).

The exam format includes multiple-choice questions, selecting answers from a drop-down menu and typing numbers and text into form fields. The “Spreadsheets” section will use Microsoft Excel software. You should let your assessment centre know which version of Excel you are most familiar with.

For Level 3, when you are ready to take your assessments, you have two options:

Online Assessments directly with e-Careers - To take your assessment from the comfort of your home, please contact e-Careers Customer Service to book and pay for your assessment. Not available on the Synoptic Assessment. (Level 4 has this option from September 20th 2021).

Test Centre Assessments - You can still choose to sit your exam at a suitable AAT approved assessment venue. We can help find the closest one to you. Exam fees vary from centre to centre.

For Level 4 you can sit your exam at a suitable AAT approved assessment venue.

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Assessment Details

Mandatory Exams

  •    Management Accounting: Budgeting (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Management Accounting: Decision and Control (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Financial Statements of Limited Companies (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Accounting Systems and Controls (2 hours 30 minutes). 
  •    Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment (3 hours). 

Optional Exams

  •    Business taxation (2 hours).
  •    Personal taxation (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    External auditing (2 hours)
  •    Cash and Treasury Management (2 hours 30 minutes).
  •    Credit Management (2 hours 30 minutes).

Questions include multiple-choice, selecting answers from a drop-down menu and typing numbers into form fields. For some assessments, you will be required to type quite lengthy amounts of text, in particular with the Synoptic assessment. 

You will be tested via Synoptic assessments, which will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the Level 4 qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of your qualification and will be taken at specific times throughout the year. 

Pass Rates

We’re proud to have achieved some of the highest pass marks in the UK. This is made possible because of the programme offering we have, including eLearning platform, textbooks, a range of mock exams, and our official Sage courseware.

National average pass rate

  •    AAT Level 3 is 75.0%.
  •    AAT Level 4 is 68.8%.

e-Careers pass rates

  •    AAT Level 3 is 87.6%.
  •    AAT Level 4 is 82.2%.

Synoptic windows revised

Dates for the Synoptic window have now all been confirmed for 2021, including additional dates to assist with any capacity issues as a result of social distancing restrictions. Click for the full details.

When studying for your AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer-based assessments, which are marked in three ways:

  •  Completely computer marked (you will get your results within 24 hours).
  •  Partially computer marked and partially human marked (you will get your results within six weeks).
  •  Fully human marked (you will get your results within six weeks).

Exam changes due to COVID-19

Pearson VUE-owned test centres will be following the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organisation for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting testing candidates and their staff. Candidates are asked to comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined below to keep fellow candidates safe. (Face masks are now required while testing at Pearson VUE-owned test centres).

What you need to know

You will not be admitted to the test centre and should reschedule your exam if:

You have tested positive for COVID-19 (unless you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure, or you have received two negative COVID-19 test results in a row, 24 hours apart)

You are currently experiencing or have experienced one or more associated symptoms within the last fourteen (14) days (unless you have been symptom-free and fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine):

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell

You live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (unless at least 14 days have passed since your last exposure).

Have been or are under home quarantine or centralised observation by government or healthcare authorities (unless at least 14 days have passed since your quarantine or centralised observation has been lifted by the government or healthcare authorities).

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