AAT Accounting – Level 4

What does the course involve?

In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as specialist units including credit management, and cash and treasury management. On successful completion of this qualification and fulfilling the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and and achieve professional MAAT status.

The course will cover the following:

  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting System and Controls
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Credit and Debt Management

This course is also available as an approved apprenticeship programme, with associated Government funding available.  If you would like to discuss this, please contact the apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@cirencester.ac.uk.’

Year by year

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment

(The synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context. Scenarios will change over time to ensure the validity of the assessment)

  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management

There are individual assessments for all modules and also a synoptic assessment that will cover most modules.

Students passing the course will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

Further information on the AAT qualification can be found at www.aat.org.uk.


Our level 4 course takes place weekly on Tuesdays between 9am-4:30pm. The course will start week beginning 12th September and finish in July 2023.

Course Specific Entry Requirements

Students should have completed the AAT L3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How to apply

If you wish to discuss the course or the fees you will pay, please contact Student Journey.

When you wish to apply, please let Student Journey know. Nearer to the course start date she will send out enrolment details to those she knows are interested. Please note that places are limited and a place on the course will only be confirmed once full payment or confirmation of a student loan has been received.

AAT require that all students studying AAT courses that are employed, provide their employer name and contact details. This must be provided on the enrolment form, irrespective of whether or not you require us to invoice your employer for fees.

*Please do not buy books or pay the additional AAT registration and membership fees or assessment fees until you have started your course when your tutor will give full details.

Fees and extra costs

Given the changes in government funding, fees for students will vary according to personal circumstances. Your personal circumstances at the start of the course will determine which fees you will pay and evidence of this will be required.

  • If you are aged between 19 and 23 and this is your first full level 3 course (eg, A levels, NVQ level 3, some AS levels) you will not need to pay your tuition fees or first sittings of assessment fees. Course books will be provided.
  • If you are 19-23 and you already have a level 3 qualification or you are over 24 then you will have to pay fees. This includes tuition fees and first sitting of assessment fees. You may be eligible for a 24+ (Advance Learner) loan to help you pay for these.

Should you be over 19 and eligible to pay the full cost fees, there may be an option to take out an advanced learning loan. Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview. Should you need any further information about this loan, please contact Clare Hunt. clare.hunt@cirencester.ac.uk.

There are some additional fees:

  • When entering any AAT course you will be required to pay a one off registration fee of £44 and an annual AAT membership fee of £99.00.
  • Course materials (including textbooks) are estimated at £200
  • In the event of resitting any assessments these will cost either £46.00 or £53.00 depending on the assessment.
  • You will pay AAT registration and membership directly to AAT at the start of your course.
  • The Lecturer will advise you about the books that you will need to buy in your first lesson.

Course times

The course will start in September and will be held on Tuesdays from 09:00am – 4:00pm each week.


What are the additional time commitments to the course?

Other than lesson times, you should plan for at least 8 hours of homework per week. Assessments are usually held on Saturday mornings (dates to be confirmed at induction).

When will the assessments be?

Assessments are usually held on Saturday mornings – dates will be confirmed in your first lesson. You should give 24 hours notice if you find that you will not be able to sit the assessment or we may have to charge you the assessment fee.

Is this course suitable for students finishing GCSEs?

No. We recommend that these students take A Level Accounting as part of their study programme.

Do I need to have successfully completed AAT L3 in order to take this course?

It is strongly recommended that you have passed the L3 at Merit or above. This is a demanding course which is equivalent to an undergraduate course. In order to gain qualified Membership of the AAT, students must have passed L3 and L4.

What happens if I need to resit any assessments?

If you should have to resit any assessments, lecturing staff will advise and help you wherever possible. Most units can be resat within the normal assessments timetable, however the synoptic assessment may have a specific timeframe in which it can be taken. Resit fees will be payable: there may be occasions when invigilators will need to be come in specifically for a resit. Should this occur, costs for invigilation and remarking may be passed to the students resitting this specific assessment.

How will I get my course books?

At induction your lecturer will advise what books you will require, and let you know the best place to get them from.

Do I need to be good at Maths?

Students need to be logical and methodical thinkers, and enjoy problem solving. Although Maths is not a pre-requisite, a liking for numbers is essential.

Is there anything else I should know?

Prospective students are advised to check the AAT website for details of AAT membership criteria, in particular, criteria relating to student’s personal credit history and financial dealings. This can be found at www.aat.org.uk.

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