What opportunities will this course give me?
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for AAT full membership, enabling use of the designatory letters MAAT after their name. However, the primary and most important outcome of this qualification is that it can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which are as follows:
-professional accounting technician
-assistant management accountant
-senior financial officer
-accounts payable and expenses supervisor
-assistant financial accountant
-fixed asset accountant
-indirect tax manager
-payments and billing manager
-senior fund accountant
-senior insolvency administrator
The AAT qualification can give qualified students exemptions towards part of the UKs chartered and certified accountancy qualifications.
What will I be learning?
The AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. Students will become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and applications, and gain competencies in: drafting financial statements for limited companies, recommending accounting systems strategy, construction and presentation of complex management accounting reports. Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit management and cash and treasury management.
This qualification comprises four mandatory units:
-Management Accounting: Budgeting
-Management Accounting: Decision and Control
-Financial statements of Limited Companies
-Accounting Systems and Controls
and two specialist units from a choice of five options:
-Cash and Treasury Management
Why is this course for me?
The course is delivered in college on a part-time basis either one full day per week or two evenings per week during term-time. Delivery is through a blend of tutor led sessions and independent study supported by tutorials and course materials through the colleges virtual learning environment.
Significant commitment to independent study is required to supplement and consolidate learning.
Units are assessed individually in end-of-unit computer-based assessments, as well as a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
What do I need to sign up?
Applicants must have achieved a Merit or Distinction in their AAT Level 3 accounting qualification. If they have another Level 3 qualification or previous experience of accounting, they will need to demonstrate a competent knowledge and understanding of financial and cost accounting by obtaining 80% or more in a short assessment.
New candidates will be required to attend an interview with the course tutor prior to commencing on the course and all candidates will need to demonstrate an appropriate standard of Literacy and Numeracy by way of a short assessment. All elements of the course include a significant amount of writing and literacy skills are as critical as numeracy skills.
Basic IT skills will also be required.
Is there anything else I need to know?
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional body and membership is required in order to undertake this qualification. Registration with the AAT must be made upon commencement of the course and will incur an additional cost.
Course text books will also be required and full details will be given upon commencement.
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Matt - Accountancy apprentice
A Level 2 accounting course at Eastleigh College whet Matt's appetite for accountancy and gave him the opportunity to gain work experience at a local accountancy firm. The following year he joined the firm as a Level 3 apprentice, and is now well on his way to completing a Level 4 qualification.