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This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

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Mode of study Part-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 1 December 2020
Tuition Fee £2,090
Exam/Reg Fee £277
Course code PLR4ACT001 (2021B)
  • Who is it for?

    The programme is aimed at people who would normally be working in an accounting environment. If you choose to further your studies with one of the leading chartered professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA, your AAT qualification will give you generous exemptions. This level is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree and teaches skills most relevant to finance team leader roles. The final level deals with finance team leader skills including financial statements for limited companies, complex management accounting tasks, management skills and specialist learning areas. When you have completed the course you will be able to: Upon completion, you will automatically become an AAT affiliate member and with relevant work experience will qualify for AAT full membership. You will be able to undertake duties at a management level in financial or management accounting; roles such as Accounts Supervisor, Finance Manager, Indirect Tax Manager, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Senior Bookkeeper, Tax Supervisor.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are formal entry requirements and it is expected that students will have successfully completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting or have some other recognised higher level qualification including a strong element of finance and accounting.

    You will need GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English or the willingness to work towards them.

    International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course and refer to the Course Specification for the IELTS requirement for your individual course.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will need to attend College one day a week over the academic year. To pass the qualification, you will need to complete 6 external exams, including 1 synoptic assessment. There are 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units covered as follows: Mandatory Units - Financial Statements of Limited Companies (exam); Management Accounting Budgeting (exam); Management Accounting Decision and Control (exam); Accounting Systems and Controls (Synoptic Assessment). Optional Units - Credit Management (exam); Business Taxation (exam). All exams will be computer based and will be spread out throughout the year. Single units are also available allowing you the flexibility to study level 4 over a longer period. The synoptic assessment covers all of the mandatory units.

  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessments in the qualification will be computer based assessments (CBAs). CBAs are an up to date method of assessment that directly reflect the practical tasks that you currently perform or will be performing in the workplace. CBAs offer you greater flexibility as you can take these assessments as and when you are ready and with the agreement of your tutor. As there is a written element within each exam the results are released six weeks later following the exam.

  • How much does it cost?

    Please refer to the college website for up to date tuition fees. An indication of course costs for you to consider are:

    • Tuition Fees
    • Exam Fees (except where student is fully funded)
    • AAT Registration Fees (paid by you after the course starts if you are 19 or older) Currently £147 first time registration or £92 renewal fee
    • Re-sit Exam Fees £45;
    • Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older) approx. £144; 
    • All course costs are waived for students aged 18 years old and under.
    • The course is eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. For fee enquiries please contact course advice on 01743 342333.
  • Additional Notes

    There is nothing to stop you progressing on to even higher accounting qualifications such as ACCA (Associations of Chartered Certified Accountant), ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales) or CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). In addition to attending the classes, all students will find it necessary to supplement their studies with home study. Previous convictions: Please note - When registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have committed any criminal convictions or had civil convictions against you. All declarations will be followed up by AAT. Serious convictions may result in you being barred from becoming an AAT registered student.


  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.

Holly Gibbons

Holly Gibbons

Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting

I wanted to change my career and went to work with D.R.E & Co. Chartered Accountants, who put me onto this course to get all my qualifications. After I have finished studying at SCG I will do my charter training at university. This is a widely recognised qualification that you need if you want to be a Junior Accountant.

Fiona McGeevor

Fiona McGeevor

AAT bookkeeping

I enrolled on the part-time AAT bookkeeping course as a mature student and have found the teaching staff here superb as you get a lot of life experience from industry trained teachers.

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