The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting Level 4 is a highly sought-after pathway for individuals seeking to attain accounting qualifications. The programmes are internationally recognised and developed by industry experts to help you gain the skills you need to get ahead.

This qualification is suitable for anyone who has an AAT Level 3 related qualification and/or at least 12 months of experience in the accountancy profession.

Job Roles

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of roles including; accounts payable and expenses supervisor, assistant financial accountant, commercial analyst, cost accountant, payroll manager, senior bookkeeper, senior finance officer, and tax supervisor

The Details

Duration: 18 months + 3 months End Point Assessment (EPA) available from month 12

Cost: The apprenticeship cost is £8,000 + VAT:

  • 16-18 Year Old Apprentices
    • Fully funded by the government
    • Plus a £1,000 incentive to the employer
  • 19-21 Year Old Apprentices
    • Fully funded by the government
  • 22+ Year Old Apprentices
    • Employer pays 5% of the total apprenticeship cost
    • Contribution Amount: 5% of £8,000 = £400 + VAT

This structure allows non-levy paying employers to take advantage of significant funding opportunities and government incentives, making it more affordable to hire and train apprentices.


Classroom Delivery: You will attend one day a week in our Plymouth training centre.

On Programme Delivery

Functional Skills: Both maths and English are required at Level 2 or relevant GSCE results

Registration: for AAT, exams and text books


Units Covered and AAT Unit Exams - *Units are only assessed in the synoptic assessment and not on programme

Applied Management Accounting (mandatory)

Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements (mandatory)

Internal Accounting Systems and Controls (mandatory)

Business Tax (optional)

Personal Tax (optional)

Audit and Assurance (optional)

Cash and Financial Management (optional)

More information

Assessment in the Workplace: Your designated Assessor/Trainer will visit you in the workplace to support the development of your on programme portfolio and to complete your quarterly reviews

Tracking Your Progress: Our electronic portfolio, OneFile will track your progress

People Involved in Your Apprenticeship

Classroom Tutor: David Jessop

Assessor/Trainer: Fay Huddy

Group Quality Manager: Michelle Pointer

Gateway: On completion of the on programme learning, the employer, training provider and learner will confirm that the apprentice is ready for the End Point Assessment

End Point Assessment (EPA)

End Point Assessment (EPA)

Portfolio of evidence and a professional discussion, worth 60%


A Pass is awarded for achievement of 70%

A Distinction is awarded for the achievement of 90%

Are you interested in the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship? Please call 01752 348980
or email us using the form below

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