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AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4)

The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting courses will give you the practical, internationally-recognised finance and accountancy which is a very highly respected international professional body of accountants.


The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting course builds on AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting and covers financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas relating to cash management and credit control.

The Level 4 course is taught in classrooms with highly experienced teachers who have worked in the accounting environment. Classes contain a diverse mixture of learners of all ages and backgrounds.

Students are required to provide their own textbooks and AAT Membership costs. Calderdale College will pay for the Examination fees for each unit. The College will also pay for the first attempt at an exam and if required, the first resit. Any additional resits can be taken but the learner will be responsible for funding these attempts, the College will not pay for additional resits)


Delivery of the programme is through a series of lectures, workshops and seminars. The pace of learning is accelerated which requires a commitment of at least seven hours home study per week. Homework, practice simulations and exercises are indicative of the programme to assess progress and learning on a weekly basis.

Course Leader profile

Louisa Smithson

Louisa started her career working in the Retail and Finance Sectors and began her ACCA studies in 2006. Louisa now works as a practising accountant with a local business. Louisa is passionate about teaching and helping students achieve their qualifications, incorporating working situations into her work to give learners a better understanding of the industry.

Entry Requirements

An interest in the subject and 4 GCSEs at grades D or grade 3 or above to include Maths and English. Accounting AAT Level 3 is recommended before enrolling on this course.

Interview Process

Interview with subject specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

The Mandatory Units are: • Financial Statements of Limited Companies • Management Accounting: Budgeting • Management Accounting: Decision and Control • Accounting Systems and Controls. The Specialist Units are: • Business Tax • Personal Tax

How is the course assessed?

The Mandatory Units on the course all have individual unit assessments. There will also be a synoptic assessment covering all units to test learners understanding across all units. The Optional Units will be assessed by individual unit assessment.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression routes - on completion of the course you will be able to study at a higher level for ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accounts) qualifications. Career options - Accounting


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9400.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Hours per week: 6 hours per week
  • Days: Monday & Wednesday evenings
  • Start Time: 6.00 pm
  • End Time: 9.00 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks Part Time
  • Course Fees: Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 For information on fees please contact Student Services on 01422 399316 for more details
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • Awarding Body: AAT

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