Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised professional accounting qualification ideal for those who want to work in the Accountancy sector or are self-employed.

This diploma is the final year of the full AAT qualification and suitable for those who already hold an AAT Advanced Diploma. On successful completion, you will become an affiliate of AAT and eligible to apply for membership (to become a member you will also need to demonstrate suitable work experience).

The course is taught by qualified experienced Accountants/Tutors giving pass rates that consistently exceed the national averages.


You can enrol in September, January or March.

You will attend taught sessions one day per week (typically Tuesday 9.30am-2.30pm). Teaching is by lectures with practical examples and hands on practice.

It is recommended you complete a further 10-12 hours study at home per week and a little more in the run up to the assessment.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Applied management accounting
  • Drafting and interpreting financial statements
  • Internal accounting systems and controls

You will study two additional modules. There a variety of options available on the AAT syllabus but Huish regularly offers the following:

  • Personal taxation (this includes income tax; inheritance tax, and capital gains tax)
  • Business taxation (this includes corporation tax for sole traders and limited companies, and capital gains for companies).

Subject to demand it may be possible to offer the following options:

  • Cash and treasury management
  • Credit management
  • External auditing.

Assessments are independently managed by AAT and taken on a computer here at Huish. You must score 70% to pass. Exams are marked by AAT and results communicated approximately 6 weeks later.

You will only need to revise for one exam at a time as each exam is sat as you finish a module.

Our pass rates are exceptional and are above national averages.

The cost of this course is £2,995.

Fees include tuition, all books and training materials, practice tests and one exam attempt per subject. Resits cost £70.

This qualification is also available through a Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship.


You will need a Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting or equivalent Bookkeeping/Accounting competence.

If you do not possess a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English you may need to take a functional skills programme.

This qualification takes approximately 15 months to complete.

Upon completion of Level 4 Professional Diploma, you will become an affiliate of AAT and eligible to apply for membership. This in turn will give exemption to the foundation components of CIMA and ACCA qualifications.

In order to become a member of AAT, you will need to complete a Practical Experience Record (PER) that details a year of some relevant practical experience. 

More information about how to become an AAT member and about their membership fees is available on the AAT website.