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Professional Diploma in Accounting (Q2022)

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Professional Diploma in Accounting (Q2022) Available for Enquiries
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 4
Start Date September
Duration 15 months
Mode of Study Part-time
Awarding Body AAT
Course Overview

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a well-respected and recognised qualification within the accounting profession. It is recognised as a major qualification for Technician level accounting staff. Students who gain their Advanced Diploma and their Professional Diploma and who have relevant accounting work experience can apply for membership of the AAT and will normally get exam exemptions from the Chartered Accounting Bodies.

The Professional Diploma covers financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounts tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas.

Learning activities will be carried out in a blended approach both in college and self study Online resources will be available, and various teaching aids will be used.

Students will be expected to do 6 hours per week self-directed study.

What you will Study

Three mandatory units:

  • Drafting and Interpretation Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting systems and controls
  • Applied Management Accounting

Plus, two specialist units:

  • Personal Tax
  • Cash Financial Management
How you will be Assessed

There are 5 assessments in total which are set by the AAT and taken online at the college. The AAT take up to 6 weeks to mark all the assessments at this level.

The synoptic assessment (which covers topics from all the mandatory units) take place on dates specified by the AAT. Due to the limited number of available dates in an academic year it may not be possible for students to re-sit the synoptic assessment in the same academic year.

Entry Requirements You will need to have successfully completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, have GCSE English and Maths grades A* - C or 9 - 4 and have a job role in Finance or Accounting.
Attendance Expectations Lessons are either in the day or over 2 evenings 9:00am – 4:30pm or 6pm – 9pm.
Fee Information

2024/25 fees:


All students are required to register with AAT upon enrolment. The fee for this is payable directly to AAT and includes admission and annual membership. This is £240 for the level. Please see the AAT website for up-to-date fee information. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they are registered and entered for the exam on time.

Students are required to pay fees for all re-sit exams. Where applicable, the fees are payable directly to Wakefield College and will be due in advance of the exam date. These are charged at £63.

Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits etc which are payable by all students. The AAT team will recommend that students buy textbooks to support the course and these will be additional costs payable by all students.

If you are aged between 19 to 23 and you have not already achieved a full level 3 (or above) qualification, funding may be able available towards the cost of the course.
Funding may also be available to employers wishing to upskill their workforce through this qualification. Contact Business Development for more information on or 01924 789719.

If you are aged over 19 and have achieved a full level 3 qualification or are aged over 24 you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government to cover your tuition fees.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789283.

You can also get more details by going to:

Further Study Completion of the AAT Advanced and Professional Diplomas will provide exemptions from some Chartered Accountancy exams should students wish to study to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. Students intending to pursue these studies should contact the relevant Chartered Accountancy bodies to discuss the specific exemptions available.
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Information last amended: 19 March 2024 14:02

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