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AAT Professional Diploma

(Level 4)

This level builds on the knowledge you gained in the Advanced Diploma (Level 3). After qualifying you can work in accounting roles or progress onto studying chartered accountancy.

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1. Structure

The course is made up of three mandatory units (also known as subjects), one synoptic unit, and five optional units. You must pass all the mandatory assessments, synoptic assessment, and two optional unit assessments to achieve the qualification.


Entry requirements

You'll need to have completed AAT Advanced (Level 3).

If you have a university degree in accountancy, or related, we recommend that you move straight onto ACCA, CIMA, or ACA.


Syllabus

Unit and synoptic assessment:

Compulsory
Financial Statements of Limited Companies (FSLC)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 6 days/12 evenings
    Live Online: 12 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about drafting financial statements for single entities and consolidation of limited companies. You will also gain the skills to interpret the financial statements of limited companies, using ratio analysis.

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Compulsory
Management Accounting: Budgeting (MABU)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days/6 evenings
    Live Online: 6 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn how to budget for business activities, set targets and plans, and monitor results. You’ll strengthen your skills in management accounting, statistical analysis, written communication and variance analysis.

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Compulsory
Management Accounting: Decision and Control (MDCL)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 5 days/10 evenings
    Live Online: 10 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

This unit will prepare you to liaise with business managers to prepare basic or standard budget costs, create budgetary reports, control reports, and standard costing control reports. You’ll learn about concepts like cost behaviour, cost analysis, standard costing, and contribution theory.

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Professional synoptic assessment (PDSY):

Compulsory
Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 4 days/8 evenings
    Live Online: 8 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll demonstrate your understanding by evaluating internal control systems within a business, and make recommendations to any weaknesses you find, to minimise the risk of loss. The synoptic assessment will also draw on your understanding from FSLC, MABU, and MDCL.

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Unit assessment only (optional units - choose two):

Optional
Business Tax (BSTX)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 5 days/10 evenings
    Live Online: 10 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about UK taxation related to businesses. You’ll learn how to treat capital expenditure, adjust profits, the ramifications of late payments, and compute returns in an ethical manner.

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Personal Tax (PLTX)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 5 days/10 evenings
    Live Online: 10 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about taxation that affects UK tax payers - income tax, national insurance, capital gains tax, and inheritance tax. You’ll also learn about deductions and reliefs, and how UK taxpayers can minimise their tax legally.

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Optional
External Auditing (ETAU)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 2 days/4 evenings
    Live Online: 4 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn about external auditing of a financial statement, and understand the importance of internal controls. You’ll be able to conduct an external audit, including planning, gathering sufficient and appropriate evidence.

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Optional
Cash and Treasury Management (CTRM)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 3 days/6 evenings
    Live Online: 6 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You'll learn how to identify how cash moves in a business in order to accurately prepare cash flow forecasts. You'll gain the practical skills to identify ways to raise finance or also invest surplus funds in order to maximise the wealth of the business.

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Optional
Credit Management (CDMT)
  • Number of lessons:
    Classroom: 2 days/4 evenings
    Live Online: 4 sessions
    OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace
  • Subject assessment: computer-based exam

You’ll learn the principles of effective credit control in an organisation, find solutions to breaches of contracts, and describe terms and conditions with customers. You’ll be able to identify sources of information, assess credit risk, and learn about liquidity management, bankruptcies and insolvencies.

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2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning or studying online in your own time? Do you have family or work commitments that you need to fit your studies around? With four different study methods, we have a course that will meet your needs.

Study methods available for this qualification

Whatever study method you choose, you’ll benefit from high quality learning materials, practical learning methods, hundreds of practice questions, marked mock exams and expert support even on evenings and weekends. You can be confident with Kaplan.

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OnDemand ›

Award-winning structured online course with the flexibility to start anytime and study anywhere.

  • Topic focused learning modules, containing tutor-led bite-sized videos
  • Engaging activities designed for effective online learning
  • Integrated programme to guide you efficiently through the whole syllabus
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Classroom ›

A traditional scheduled programme with face to face tutor-led classes.

  • Classes with your peers at set times of day
  • Centrally located in most major cities: View all classroom locations
  • Access to our award winning OnDemand online learning resources
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Live Online ›

The same as classroom, but live interactive online classes at a set time.

  • Live lectures delivered online by a tutor
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
  • Access to our award winning OnDemand online learning resources
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Distance Learning ›

Self-study online modules for you to work through at your own pace.

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials
  • Study guide to provide direction
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Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

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3. Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

You must pass all the mandatory assessments, synoptic assessment, and two optional unit assessments to achieve the qualification. You’ll be awarded a grade (pass, merit, or distinction) based on how you perform across the qualification. Unit and synoptic assessments are not awarded grades individually, but the marks achieved in all assessments contribute to your overall grade for the qualification.

All assessments are computer-based exams and have a time restriction. Some assessment questions contain tasks that require a written answer, such as in the synoptic assessment. You should complete your studies for all mandatory units before you attempt the synoptic assessment. While the units do not need to be completed in a specific order, we recommend that you proceed through them in the order they appear.

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How long does it take to pass?

The AAT Professional Diploma usually takes around 18 months to complete, but depending how you study, you can complete it in 12 months. After, you can apply for full AAT membership.

Recommended ways to study

You should only start studying for the Professional Synoptic course (PDSY) once you've completed the other three mandatory units, as they all form part of the Synoptic Assessment. In the Professional Synoptic course, we'll cover the Accounting Systems and Controls unit that will be assessed in the Synoptic Assessment as well. There are only six exam windows for this assessment in a year, so please bear this in mind when you start studying for the Professional Synoptic course.

You can do your optional units before or after your mandatory units. For Apprenticeship students the Synoptic Assessment forms part of the End Point Assessment, and therefore you’ll be required to sit this unit once you have completed all the other units. We also advise students wanting to study Cash and Treasury Management (CTRM) they should have completed Financial Statements of Limited Companies (FSLC) prior to starting CTRM.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study materials

The following materials are included in each course:

  • Study text

    A textbook covering the full subject syllabus with worked examples and activities.

  • Pocket notes

    Our AAT pocket notes are pocket-sized, brief revision notes that highlight and prioritise the essential topics you need to understand to pass your AAT exams.

  • Exam kit

    The exam kit gives you plenty of exam style questions and answers to test your knowledge and practice.

  • Learning and assessment plan / study programme

    Outlines the course structure.

  • Online syllabus coverage

    Covers key topics for Distance Learning and full coverage for other methods.

  • Integrated workbook (Classroom, OnDemand, Live Online)

    The integrated workbook helps you work through the syllabus, with room to write your notes. It helps you keep everything in one place to make it easy to study and revise from.

Classroom, Live Online and OnDemand students will receive printed and online study materials, while Distance Learning students have the option of printed and online, or online only.

To buy the materials separately...

You can buy AAT approved books for each subject on this level from Kaplan Publishing.

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Delivery costs

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How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

If you’re completing a classroom course, your materials are provided on the first day of your course.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
EU - £30 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example Financial Statements of Limited Companies (FSLC). If purchasing a course for more than one subject, the additional package charges will apply.

Delivery fees are capped at 3 x the cost, per single order. So, if you buy 5 courses for UK delivery in a single order, it will be £7 x 3, rather than £7 x 5.

Our standard delivery times are:

UK – 3 to 5 working days
EU – 5 to 7 working days
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 working days*

*Subject to availability.

Delivery charges apply to all Distance Learning, OnDemand and Live Online courses which include printed materials, and selected Classroom courses. If delivery charges are applicable for your course, they will be shown during the online checkout process, before you complete your payment details.

5. MyKaplan: online learning environment

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MyKaplan is your online learning portal where you can access all of your online learning and testing resources, including online versions of your study materials. Accessible from your computer, tablet or via the dedicated mobile app, it’s the one stop shop for everything you need with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

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    View your detailed study programme and online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
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    Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback
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    Complete practice tests and get instant feedback
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    Track your performance by topic and easily identify where you need to improve; you can even compare yourself with others in your class
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    Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
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    See instantly when your assessments have been marked
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    Use the mobile app to study on the move and access your study materials offline
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    Access to VideoBank - hundreds of tutor-led videos to help you get the most out of your course.

Access duration

Your chosen study method determines how long you can access your content for.

Classroom
Six months from last course date, with one free extension if requested.

Live Online
Six months from last course date, with one free extension if requested.

OnDemand
15 months from enrolment date, with one free extension if requested.

Distance Learning
18 months from enrolment date, with an extension for £50 if requested.

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6. Tutor support

We'll support you every step of the way throughout your AAT learning experience with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need quickly and easily.

Provided by our Academic Support team (our dedicated team of expert tutors):

  • Live chat (instant response via online messenger system)
  • Email (we'll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Discussion forum (we’ll get back to you within 4 hrs)
  • Request a callback so you can speak to a tutor (we’ll arrange a call with you within 24 hours). Please note request a callback is only available to UK based students.

Academic Support opening times

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Weekends: 9am - 1pm

7. Testing and mocks

We have a wealth of materials to help you revise for and pass your exams. All study options come with the following:

Knowledge checks
As you go along, knowledge checks help assess your understanding of a topic before you move onto the next one.

Progress tests
These are short tests based on key topics to get you ready for sitting the mock exams.

Mock exam
Practice your exam technique with mock exams with the look and the feel of the real exam, so you can continually check your progress.

Additional video learning resources
If you’re studying Classroom, Live Online or OnDemand, you’ll get access to the full OnDemand learning modules, found on MyKaplan.

8. Pricing structure

Unit prices can differ depending on your study method, location and the time you choose to study (if you’re choosing Classroom). Go to our study methods page to learn more about each option.

Units are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether (for a discount), or separately as you need them. This also helps you split the cost to make it more affordable.

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Classroom Live Online OnDemand Distance Learning
from £499 from £419 from £379 from £289

Funding options

Apprenticeships ›

You may be eligible for an Apprenticeship through your employer, depending on your circumstances. For more information, contact our Student Services team.

Employer sponsored ›

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you're already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You'll need to speak to them to see if you're eligible and whether they would be willing to fund the cost.

Payment plans ›

The AAT Professional Level is covered with our interest-free payment plan. The plan lets you spread the cost of your studies over 12 months, with no extra costs. You'll need to buy a full level to take out a payment plan.

Why study AAT Professional with Kaplan?

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8/10 UK's top accounting firms use Kaplan.

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Expertise

We’re the UK’s largest AAT training provider. Over 7,500 students study with us.

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We have 94% AAT pass rates - consistently exceeding the national average, so you can be confident of success when you choose us.

*AAT pass rate of 94% based on first time pass rates for all Level 2 students from Sept 15 - Aug 16

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Practice

Get exam confident with testing at every stage of your studies, including 100s of practice questions and marked mock exams that look like the real exams.

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4 ways to study

Whether you prefer online study, or learning in a classroom, you’ll find 4 study options to suit your lifestyle.

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4 options

Pay directly online, invoice your employer, or choose from more flexible options like interest free payment plans, or study through an Apprenticeship. Terms and conditions apply.

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Contact a tutor 7 days a week. Get an instant response by Live Chat, or within 4 working hours by email, or you can request a callback.

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