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This course is for those who are studying for the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting* qualification. It is a mandatory unit.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 80 CPD points upon successful completion

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About This Course

The courses covers the role and responsibilities of the accounting function, including the needs of key stakeholders who use financial reports to make decisions. Students will review accounting systems to identify weaknesses and will make recommendations to mitigate identified weaknesses in future operations. Students will apply several analytical methods to evaluate the implications of any changes to operating procedures.

You can study this course at your own pace and the format of the course means that you can study this in one of our local centres or at home to enable you to fit it in around your existing commitments.

Once you’ve successfully finished this training course you’ll be able to take the unit assessment that forms part of the overall AAT Level 4 Diploma in Professional Accounting qualification.

Course Contents

There are four elements to this course:

• The role and responsibilities of the accounting function within an organisation
• Evaluating internal control systems
• The impact of technology on accounting systems
• Recommending improvements to an organisation’s accounting system

* Level 4 is the equivalent of Level 6 in Ireland and Level 7 in Scotland.

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Aims and Objectives

The key aim of this unit is to provide students with the tools to evaluate internal controls and to recommend improvements.


Students should have gained the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualification.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

This course will assist your career progression to more senior accountancy job roles such as Assistant Financial Accountant, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper and VAT Accountant.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.