Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Professional Diploma in Accounting

Course Overview

At this level you’ll learn how to draft financial statements for limited company, perform complex management accounting tasks and develop your own management skills. This level includes a choice of special units, which means that you can focus on the areas of accounting that suit you.

Units Include:-

Management Accounting: Decisions and Control

Unit covers: - collating and analysing cost information from various sources, measuring performance and managing costs appropriately, making suggestions for improving financial performance by monitoring and analysing information, preparing performance reports for management.

Financial statements for Limited Companies

Unit covers: - understanding the regulatory framework underpinning financial reporting, understanding key features of published financial statements, drafting a limited company’s statutory financial statements, drafting consolidated financial statements, interpreting financial statements using ration analysis.

Management Accounting: Budgeting

Unit covers:- preparing budgets and income expenditure forecasts, assessing budgetary impact of internal and external factors, using budgetary control to improve organisational performance.

Accounting Systems and Controls – Synoptic Assessment

Unit covers: - understanding the importance and use of internal control systems, evaluating the accoutring system and identifying areas for improvement, conducting ethical and sustainability evaluations of accounting systems, making recommendations to improve the accounting system.

Plus two out of five optional subjects:-

Term 1

Credit management

Unit covers: - understanding relevant legalisation and impact on credit management, using information from various sources to grant customers credit within organisational guidelines, using a range of techniques for debt collection, monitoring and controlling credit supply.

External auditing

Unit covers: - planning an audit identifying areas for verification and associated risks, conducting a supervised audit, preparing draft reports for approval, understanding auditing principles and legal and professional standards required for an external auditor.

Personal tax

Unit covers: - calculating income from all sources and identifying taxable and non-taxable items, applying current legalisation to calculate tax payable on income, accounting for capital gains tax according to current legislation, preparing accurate computations and completing relevant parts of self-assessment tax returns.

Terms 2 & 3

Business tax

Unit covers: - completing corporation tax returns and supporting computations for incorporated businesses, understanding impact of legislation and legislative changes, understanding tax law and its implications for incorporated/unincorporated business, understanding capital assets.

Cash and Treasury Management

Unit covers: - using statistical techniques and financial information to prepare income and expenditure forecasts, preparing cash to monitor an organisation’s cash flow, managing cash balances effectively, investing surplus funds, observing organisational policies.

Updated June 2021

Entry Requirements

Completion of AAT Level 3/Advanced Accounting or degree in Accounting.

Open to students of all ages.

Course Delivery

Tuition is based around classroom delivery face-to-face and a Blended Learning Approach, by highly qualified and experienced members of staff.

Face to Face classroom delivery on a Thursday morning . A Blended Delivery will be using an Education package with classroom Tutor support on a Thursday evening.

Examinations are on-line assessments

Due to the current ongoing Covid 19 regulations Social distancing measures and College guidelines will be in place to protect you and others. Should it be necessary for the College to close due to lockdown, as instructed by the Welsh Government, online delivery will take place until restrictions are lifted and we can return to face-to-face delivery.


Progression Opportunities

Students will be able to progess to one of the following Chartered Accountant bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) taught at Gower College Swansea
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Institute of Mangement Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institure of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Foundation Degree in Accounting

The course also provides a qualification that employers are looking for.

Additional Information

Course Fees - £840

AAT Membership Fee - £101

Exam Fee - £289 for all the exams studies in the year (may increase in January 2022)

Books - £60

This course may be funded through our Apprenticeship scheme - please ask for more details.

Sketty Hall
Course deliverable in Welsh:

Detailed Course Information

Where and when can I study?

Start Date: Thu 16 Sep 2021 | Course Code: N4D003 PTD | Cost: £840

Level 4   Thur   9am-5pm   34 weeks   Sketty Hall  

Start Date: Thu 16 Sep 2021 | Course Code: N4D003 PTD2 | Cost: £840

Level 4   Thur   2-9pm   34 weeks   Sketty Hall