Accounting L4 Professional Diploma

Start Date
Course Course
City Campus

About this Course

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting, delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, offers technical training in accounting and is ideal for anyone wishing to pursue or progress their career in accountancy or finance. The purpose of the Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting is to enhance the skills developed from the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, enabling students to maximise opportunities in their current or new employment.

Key Units

This qualification comprises three mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five options (390 guided learning hours in total). The mandatory units are:
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls
The optional units are:
  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Credit and Debt Management.
The Sheffield College will be covering the Cash and Financial Management plus Credit and Debt Management optional units. Students are welcome to study other optional units independently.

The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification will suit those who:
  • have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and who would like to continue to build their accounting skills
  • are already working in finance and would like a formal recognition of their skills
  • would like to go on to become an AAT full member and/or study for chartered accountant status
  • would like to start their own business through the AAT licensed members scheme

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, ideally with a merit or greater.


5 online exams with a pass mark of 70% for each exam.

Future Opportunities

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as: 
  • Professional Accounting Technician
  • Assistant Auditor
  • Assistant Management Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Financial Officer
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant

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Course delivery

This course operates on a blended delivery model in conjunction with our online partner Mindful Education. This means that students attend college once per week for their on campus sessions which should follow on from independent online learning.

Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus (all based at City Campus), you benefit from weekly academic support sessions – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings/whole days each week. An experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.

On-campus classes

On campus class choices (operating on a first come first serve basis):

Wednesdays 09:15-12:15 (21/09/2022 - 05/07/2023, continuing second year in September 2023)

Thursdays 09:15-12:15 (22/09/2022 - 06/07/2023, continuing second year in September 2023)

Wednesdays 17:45-20:45 (21/09/2022 - 05/07/2023, continuing second year in September 2023)

Extra Costs

Maximum cost to student: £2,573.

Applicants can apply for the advanced learner loan if necessary. 

If payment is received in full on the day of enrolment then a 10% discount is applied to the cost of the course. Payment plans are available.  

If an employer is paying for a student to take the course then they must provide a letter with letterhead from the employer stating their intention to pay for the course.

All learners will be faced with a mandatory AAT membership fee of £225 which is not included in the cost of the course.

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