What Will I Learn
The AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks.
Students will look at and become comfortable with a wide range of financial management skills and
applications, and gain competencies in: drafting financial statements for limited companies;
recommending accounting systems strategy; and constructing and presenting complex management
accounting reports. Students will also learn about specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit
management, and cash and treasury management.
This qualification comprises four mandatory units and two specialist units selected from a choice of five
The mandatory units are:
• Management Accounting: Budgeting
• Management Accounting: Decision and Control
• Financial Statements of Limited Companies
• Accounting Systems and Controls.
The optional units are:
• Business Tax
• Personal Tax
• External Auditing
• Cash and Treasury Management
• Credit Management.
What Will This Qualification Lead To
Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience,
will qualify for full AAT membership, which will allow them to use the designatory letters MAAT after their
However, the primary and most important outcome of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is that
it can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which include:
• professional accounting technician
• assistant auditor
• assistant management accountant
• commercial analyst
• payroll manager
• senior bookkeeper
• senior financial officer
• accounts payable and expenses
• assistant financial accountant
• cost accountant
• fixed asset accountant
• indirect tax manager
• payments and billing manager
• senior fund accountant
• senior insolvency administrator
• tax supervisor
• VAT accountant.
In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management.