AAT Diploma (Level 4) Accounting

Course Overview:

If you have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (level 3) or the Diploma in Accounting (level 3) and want to achieve a technician-level accounting qualification, this course is an excellent choice. You will complete four modules covering Financial Statements of Limited Companies, Management Accounting: Budgeting, Management Accounting: Decision and Control and the Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment. You will also need to study two optional modules these will be on Personal Taxation and Business Taxation.

Entry Requirements:

Programme/Award: Professional Diploma in Accounting
Entry requirements 2017-18: Applicants will need to have successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (level 3) or the Diploma in Accounting (level 3).
International applicants If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements: A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer is made.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience If you have achieved another accounting qualification other than the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (level 3) or the Diploma in Accounting (level 3).  For further information please contact the Programme Leader graeme.tate@yeovil.ac.uk

Module Information

This module map provides a list of modules that make up your course.

You must pass each module in order to achieve the qualification, the pass mark for each module is 70%.  Each module counts towards the overall qualification grade as follows:

Synoptic Assessment 35%
Management Accounting: Decision and Control                  15%
Management Accounting : Budgeting 15%
Financial Statements of Limited Companies 15%
Optional module 1           Personal Tax 10%
Option module 2               Business Tax 10%

Upon completion of the qualification, a grade will be awarded.  This will be determined by the percentage achieved for each unit assessment and synoptic assessment and weighted as above.  The Grading will be:

Pass (70%-79%)
Merit (80%-89%)
Distinction (90%-100%)

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.  You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module guides.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. 


9 Months (Part-time)


An Assessment Schedule for the complete year will be issued to you at the start of each academic year.

Each module will be assessed by a computer based exam set by the AAT on the SecureAssess platform.  Results will be published by the AAT and can be accessed via the online MyAAT account.


The AAT will provide feedback on all module assessments.  Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. 

Teaching and Learning

Learning will be achieved through a combination of class-based activity, group-based activity and independent study.  The classroom sessions are designed to actively support the development of independent learning strategies by the students.  The sessions combine tutor input with a wide range of participative activities including case studies, individual and group-problem solving activities, student led discussions of existing research and article reviews. 

Students will be required to work independently and to take responsibility for their learning and progress.

Students will typically have around 7 contact hours per week, based on one day at College.

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.  Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing for examinations.  Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and the learning resource centre.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity.  While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.


Level 4:  32% of your time is spend in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment 247 hours
Independent learning 525 hours

The Learning Resource Centre staff provide:

  • A comprehensive research and information literacy package
  • Support with accessing both online and physical resources for the course modules
  • Advice with finding resources for individual research projects and dissertations
  • Comprehensive reading lists specific to the course
  • Support and guidance with referencing

Our Disability Advice and Support Service helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.  

Course Fee (2017/18):

£1,530 per year (Part-time) Please see Fees & Funding for further information relating to fees.

How do I apply:

For further information, advice and to enrol, please call our Student and Customer Service Team on 01935 423921 or email enrol@yeovil.ac.uk