L4 Diploma in Accounting

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications provide the knowledge and skills needed to work in today’s modern accounting environment. The course builds on the topics covered in the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting, and extends on the areas covered to the completion of final accounts. The course is designed to provide the maximum flexibility to students from a wide range of circumstances and diverse backgrounds, allowing them to gain skills and knowledge based on nationally agreed standards of competence.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      £2573 (excludes AAT membership & administration fee)
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 4 / CertHE
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus (day time)
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      35 weeks
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  • Overview

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    • The course comprises the following mandatory units:

    • Management Accounting: Budgeting

    • Management Accounting: Decision & Control

    • Financial Statements of Limited Companies

    • Personal Tax

    • Credit Management

    • Accounting Systems & Controls



    It should be noted that in order to succeed, you will need to spend around six hours per week studying at home, in addition to time spent in the classroom.

  • Equipment Required

    Although course textbooks are available in the College library, you may wish to buy a textbook (following consultation with your tutor). You may also wish to purchase a set of course workbooks which will help you with your studies. These may be purchased through the College at a 40% discounted fee. Your tutor will discuss workbooks with you at the start of your course.

    A calculator will also be desirable and you will need to bring the following to the first session:

    • pen
    • paper
    • folder to store printouts.
  • Entry Requirements

    You should:

    • have successfully achieved an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or hold a UK Degree in Accounts.
    • have the ability to type under time constraints.


    You should also be a member of the AAT and will need to pay the annual AAT membership of £94 (price correct April 2019).

    To be accepted on the course, other factors will also be taken into consideration including:

    • commitment to study
    • previous skills, experience and success

    Please Note: 

    The AAT has clear, transparent guidelines for potential students who have faced bankruptcy, have a criminal conviction or have arrangements with creditors. 

    If these circumstances apply to you, please visit the AAT website at www.aat.org.uk for more information.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The following units will be assessed as individual external assessments and also as part of a synoptic assessment with Accounting Systems & Controls:

    • Management Accounting: Budgeting

    • Management Accounting: Decision & Control

    • Financial Statements of Limited Companies

    Personal Tax and Credit Management will be assessed as individual external assessments only.

  • Progression Pathway

    This is a professional qualification (MAAT) in its own right, but further progression is available to Chartered Institute qualifications. 

    Opportunities for employment may include working as an:

    • Accounts Payable & Expenses Supervisor

    • Assistant Financial Accountant

    • Commercial Analyst

    • Cost Accountant

    • Fixed Asset Accountant

    • Indirect Tax Manager

    • Payments & Billing Manager

    • Payroll Manager

    • Senior Bookkeeper

    • Senior Financial Officer

    • Senior Fund Accountant

    • Senior Insolvency Administrator 

    • Tax Supervisor

    • VAT Accountant

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.