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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

Assessed through both unit and synoptic assessment:

Compulsory
Financial Statements of Limited Companies (FSLC)

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.

  • 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

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Compulsory
Management Accounting: Budgeting (MABU)

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.

  • 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

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Compulsory
Management Accounting: Decision and Control (MDCL)

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.

  • Number of lessons:
  • Classroom: 5 days/140 evenings
  • Live Online: 10 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at your own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

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Professional synoptic assessment (PDSY):

Compulsory
Accounting Systems and Controls

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.

  • 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

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Unit assessment only (optional units - choose two):

Optional
Business Tax (BSTX)

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.

  • 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

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Optional
Personal Tax (PLTX)

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.

  • 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

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Optional
External Auditing (ETAU)

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.

  • 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

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Optional
Cash and Treasury Management (CTRM)

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.

  • 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

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Optional
Credit Management (CDMT)

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.

  • 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

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2. Study methods

Do you prefer face-to-face learning? Online learning in your own time? Have family or work commitments? We have four study methods that suit different learning styles, to fit around your life.

Study methods available for this qualification

Whichever study method you choose, you’ll be exam confident, as we offer hundreds of practice questions. We offer expert support during evenings and weekends, and we have flexible study methods and course start dates. You’ll benefit from award-winning tutors, practical learning methods, and ongoing support, even after your exams.

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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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Every module and topic has been through a detailed instructional design process, which means we‘ve considered how to best explain each area and cement your understanding of the subject. This includes a variety of concise learning formats such as bite-sized tutor-led lectures, and activities to help link topics together. Every module is scripted and links on screen animations with graphics found within your integrated workbook. This provides a high quality online learning experience, which is so much more than a live recorded tutor session or even a tutor narrating highlighted text book visuals.

In addition to Academic Support, our team of Learning Coaches offer advice, guidance and support, on how to best learn and progress through your course. They use data to identify if you need extra support and will help you get back on track if you need it.

Pass Guarantee

OnDemand is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE ongoing tutor support until you do pass. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

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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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Classroom is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE ongoing tutor support until you do pass. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

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

  • Interactive live lectures delivered online by our expert tutors
  • Full weekday, weekend, afternoon or evening classes available
  • Re-watch and replay lessons through recordings
  • Access to our award winning OnDemand online learning resources
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Live Online is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE ongoing tutor support until you do pass. MyKaplan can also be extended on request to help you get back on track.

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

  • Study remotely with printed and online materials
  • Includes a variety of additional online resources
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Distance Learning is a complete course, which includes tuition, revision and exam preparation, and comes with a Pass Guarantee. If you are unsuccessful, the Pass Guarantee will give you FREE ongoing tutor support until you do pass. Access to MyKaplan and OnDemand content can also be extended for £50 to help you get back on track.


Timetables - Classroom and Live Online

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3. Exams and sittings

Timings and working towards a sitting

You can take your exams at any time, apart from the synoptic exam, which is not available for one week in every four. Understanding when you want to sit and pass your exam will affect the end date of your course and what materials you receive. Please note, you’ll still need to book your exams separately. All assessments on this level are computer-based exams (CBE).

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.

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New AAT remote online exams

You can now choose to sit your Professional synoptic assessment (PDSY) exam online.

If you choose a remote exam you can sit it from the comfort of your home, on a chosen date and at a time that suits you. Your results will be released 15 days after your exam date.

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    You will be recorded for the whole duration of your exam, which will then be reviewed by the AAT for any irregularities.

    There is an additional charge for remote invigilation compared to the standard exam price.

    In order to sit these exams remotely, you need to ensure you meet the minimum supporting requirements.

    Minimum system requirements

    System Requirements
    Operating System (Windows) Windows 8.1 or higher
    Operating System (Apple) OS X 10.10 or higher
    Surpass Viewer You must have the Surpass Viewer custom browser installed on your machine. This will allow you to access the assessment.
    PSI Secure Browser You must have the PSI Secure Browser installed on your machine. This will allow your assessment to be recorded.
    Internet connection / bandwidth 512 Kbps upload and download. You are strongly advised to use a wired connection as opposed to Wi-Fi to protect against a loss of drop in connectivity.
    Download Ability to download and install software (admin rights required)
    Web camera You will need a portable webcam to allow you to conduct a room scan. Laptops with integrated webcams are permitted as long as they are portable.
    Minimum web camera resolution 640 x 480
    Microphone You will need a working microphone to pick up any audio during the recording.
    Date and time Ensure that the date and time setting on your computer are accurate for your local time zone.
    Screen resolution 1024 x 768
    Screen size Whilst a 17” monitor is recommended, laptops typically have a 14” screen. You can still sit your assessment with this, though you may be required to zoom out to see navigational buttons.

If you are interested in sitting your exam remotely, you must download the AAT Remote Invigilation user guide launch so you know what you need to do before, and during, the exam. The AAT has also provided RI versions of the exam (MyAAT - Lifelong Learning Portal) which contain additional features: a calculator tool and a dedicated area for rough workings, as physical calculators and blank paper are not permitted. So before you book, it is worthwhile to see whether or not you can use these features.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Service on 0161 259 7400.

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 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.

Delivery fees are as follows:

UK and NI - £7 for the first package, £7 for subsequent packages
EU - £35 for the first package, £30 for subsequent packages
Rest of the World - £50 for the first package, £50 for subsequent packages

Please note that due to varying interpretations of the post-Brexit EU/UK trading agreement, some EU countries are imposing import duty on the value of the goods received from the UK. It is payable by the end consumer via the delivery company and your delivery may be withheld until paid. This may vary from country to country and be up to a value of 20% of the value of the study material.

A package relates to all the materials for a specific subject, for example AAT Bookkeeping transactions (BTRN). 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 for Live Online, OnDemand, Online and Distance Learning 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.

Our standard delivery deadline for UK classroom courses is one week prior to the first course date.

Delivery charges apply to Classroom, Distance Learning, OnDemand, Online and Live Online courses which include printed materials. 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

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.

Online features

  • View your detailed study programme and online materials in one place and access your content in a few clicks
  • Contact a tutor directly using live chat. You can also email or request a callback
  • Complete practice tests and get instant feedback
  • Take part in forum discussions with students and tutors and find answers to common questions
  • See instantly when your assessments have been marked
  • Access on mobile, tablet, computer or through the dedicated mobile app
  • 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
Nine months from enrolment date, with one free extension if requested.

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

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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 - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 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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Funding options

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

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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.

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

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We always have exceptional pass rates that consistently exceed the national average, so you can be confident of success when you choose us.

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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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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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