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Higher Education Courses

AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

Association of Accounting Technicians and Herefordshire & Ludlow College.

Course Intro

Accounting technicians are employed in accounting and finance, covering a wide range of roles in all sectors. The AAT’s international status and reputation mean that the
qualification is widely respected and recognised in all employment sectors worldwide. There is also a Higher Apprenticeship Standard route for students who want to complete the same qualification which includes, where appropriate, Functional Skills. Students benefit from working with tutors that have worked with AAT as an awarding body for over 20 years and a wealth of experience in the accounting and finance sector.

Level: Final level equivalent to NVQ 4

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: One year

Course Content

Students will be studying accounting and financial units such as Management Accounting (Budgeting, Decision and Control), Financial Statements of Limited Companies, Accounting Systems and Control, Business and Personal Tax. The course also includes a synoptic assessment that requires students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context. This is a rigorous course with an expectation of additional time and study outside of the course hours.

Entry Requirements

You do not need to be working in an accounting environment to complete this qualification and some people use this qualification to start a new career.

  • You will need to be both numerate and literate to be successful
  •  Unless you have already achieved an accounting qualification you will need to complete the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, or equivalent, before commencing the Level 4


The qualification is assessed through six exams that are sat over the year in the units outlined above, including the synoptic exam. Your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer based assessments (CBAs) in each of these exams. Achievement in all six exams is required to gain the overall qualification.


The AAT qualification is sponsored by several accountancy professional bodies and can offer fast-track entry or exemptions into some higher qualifications. Alternatively, this qualification would enable you to work on a self-employed basis to provide accounting services or work within industry/practice. For more details about progression after AAT please visit

Course Fees

For students aged 19+ years and above fees are £2573 per year plus materials fees of £130 and examination fees of £250. There is an additional Association of Accounting Technicians membership fee of approximately £150.

Students may also apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to fund the tuition fees. More information on finance and the loans available can be found on page 18 of this document. All fees are subject to change; please check with the College for the latest cost and see the Finance for HE page of this website.

Students wishing to study AAT as part of an apprenticeship should contact the Admissions Team for advice on current fees and government funding available.