AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Diploma at KBM

KBM has over 30 year's history of helping individuals for the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4. We have an over 98% pass rate for AAT level 4, which means your success is guaranteed if you choose KBM to study. 

AAT level 4 includes more complex accounting theories, concepts and topics. It is the final AAT course in your accounting and finance training. During the course, you will learn the advanced skills required to perform in managerial positions. You will study a total of 6 units, including 4 compulsory units and 2 optional units, from a set of 5 options.

KBM will help you by offering a unique method of achieving accounting competence. You will learn through theoretical and practical ways at the same time. We will provide you with practical accountancy experience under the leadership of our chartered accounts at our workplace. Furthermore, our chartered accountants and teachers will assist you in preparing assessments and exams. Our experts and accountants will help you through extensive practical training. So you can apply your knowledge to practical work at the same time. Completing this level 4 qualification will make you capable of performing managerial level accounting and finance job roles across the UK and worldwide.


You will cover the professional accounting process and tasks in this unit. It includes preparing financial statements, budgets management, and financial performance evaluation. This level 4 will allow you to specialise in tax, auditing, and credit control.

The AAT level 4 is perfect if you have achieved the Foundation and Advanced levels. It is also ideal if you already have a professional level qualification and further enhances your accounting skills capabilities. Completion of this diploma will make you a fully qualified accounting technician. It will open brand new job and further education opportunities. You will become eligible of using MAAT status after your name.

What includes this course?

You will complete 4 mandatory units for this AAT qualification. It also includes 2 optional units, which you will select from 5 optional subjects.

Mandatory units:

Management Accounting - Decision and Control: This unit will teach you about liaisoning and business managers. It will make you capable of preparing basic or standard budget costs. You will learn the preparation of control and budgetary reports and standard costing control reports. The unit will teach you about concepts like analysis of cost, behaviour, standard costing, and contribution theory behaviour.

Management Accounting - Budgeting: You will learn about budgeting for business activities, setting targets and planning, and monitoring results. This unit will enhance and upgrade your knowledge and skills in management accounting, statistical analysis, variance analysis, and written communication.

Accounting Systems and Controls: You'll understand the evaluation of internal control systems within an organisation. It will also including learning about making recommendations for improvement on any weaknesses to minimise the loss risk. AAT will examine your knowledge and skills through synoptic assessment; it will also test your understanding of the first three units.

Financial Statements of Limited Companies: This unit will teach you about drafting single entities' financial statements and consolidating limited companies. You will get knowledge and understanding about the interpretation of the financial statements of limited companies using ratio analysis.

Optional units

Option 1 Business Tax: You will learn through this unit to include relevant rules, regulations, principles, and complete tax returns and provide tax advice. The focus of this unit on sole traders, limited companies and partnerships.

Option 2 Personal Tax: It will include learning principles, rules and regulations, and relation with tax systems. You will learn how to calculate taxable income and work out income tax. This unit will also teach you about capital gains tax, national insurance contributions, and inheritance tax.

Option 3 External Auditing: Here, you will learn the key principles to use in the audit process. You will become capable of evaluating the relevant processes and procedures to accounting systems while collecting audit evidence.

Option 4 Cash and Treasury Management: You will gain knowledge and skills about applying statistical techniques to prepare forecasts and tax payments and receipts. It will also teach you about monitoring cash flows and the preparation of cash budgets. You will understand rules & regulation, monitoring policies, investing surplus funds, and raising finance.

Option 5 Credit Management: You will learn the principles of effective credit control. Through this unit, you will understand contract law and legislation, how to undertake credit risk assessments and awarding credit, techniques to collect debt and evaluation of credit control procedures, liquidity management, bankruptcies and insolvencies.

How much can I earn?

You can earn up to £37,000 annually; however, it may vary on your experience length and background.

What is the entry requirement?

A strong foundation in accounting knowledge is recommended to take this qualification. The accountancy background equivalent to the AAT level 3 also makes you eligible for entry into this level 4 accounting qualification.

You will need to register yourselves with AAT so that the AAT will provide you with an AAT student registration number required for the exams/assessments.

What is the course completion time?

You can complete this level 4 qualification between 12-18 months. It depends on your daily schedule; you can set your own pace for your desired completion.

What next after completion?

The employers recognise AAT as technical and practical qualifications. It will prepare you to perform multiple job roles in accounting and finance. You will become capable of performing many job roles like: 

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

At completion, you will become a full member of AAT (MAAT) and a member of the AATQB. On the other hand, you will become eligible to apply for exemptions on a fast-track route towards Chartered Accountant status. You can get these exemptions from accounting bodies like CIPFA, ACCA, ICAEW, and CIMA.

How will AAT assess your course?

You will sit for 6 exams to complete this qualification; out of 6 exams, 5 are computer-based, and 1 final synoptic assessment held in an AAT approved examination centre. KBM has AAT approved assessment venue. You will work with your tutor to decide when you are ready for the exam. There is no pressure; you can sit for exams when you feel ready.

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