Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting (Distance Learning) - Unit in External Auditing (AQ2013)

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Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting (Distance Learning) - Unit in External Auditing (AQ2013):

This course covers high-level accounting and finance topics and tasks. Students will 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, construction and presentation of 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 to be chosen from a choice of five. This unit is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake an external audit under supervision. It is directed at students who wish to pursue a career in an accountancy firm that undertakes external audits. On completion of this unit, students will understand the essence and objectives of the audit process, the ethical and professional implications of the regulatory requirements, and be able to contribute to all stages of an external audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (ISA). Students require an understanding of Financial Statements of Limited Companies, covered at Level 4, before taking this unit.

The course is delivered through the colleges E Learning providers online learning environment and supported by regular contact from the course administrator. Study text books and online resources are supplied upon commencement and supplemented by email and telephone support from qualified tutors, as well as individual 1:1 tutorial upon request. All units are assessed individually in end-of-unit computer-based assessments. Once qualified, students automatically become AAT affiliate members and, with relevant work experience, will qualify for AAT full membership, enabling use of the designatory letters MAAT after their name. However, the primary and most important outcome of this qualification is that it can lead to a wide variety of well-paid accountancy and finance jobs, some of which are professional accounting technician, assistant auditor, assistant management accountant, commercial analyst, payroll manager, senior financial officer, accounts payable and expenses supervisor, assistant financial accountant, cost accountant, fixed asset accountant, indirect tax manager, senior fund accountant, senior insolvency administrator, tax supervisor and VAT accountant. The AAT qualification can give qualified students exemptions towards part of the UKs chartered and certified accountancy qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Students must have achieved a Level 3 accounting qualification. Students will be required to attend an interview with the course administrator prior to commencing on the course and demonstrate an appropriate standard of Literacy and Numeracy by way of a short assessment. All elements of the course include a significant amount of writing and literacy skills are as critical as numeracy skills. Basic IT skills will also be required.

Awarding body

Association of Accounting Technicians

Training for employers

This course has been specifically designed for companies training their employees.

Course reference: FNADU4/EXTAD (use this when contacting provider)

Course info


Professional or Industry specific qualification

Study Hours:

Variable - to suit the learner


BeginnerIntermediate Advanced

Virtual help:

No attendance for this course

Course type:

This is a distance learning course

Total time for completion:

16 weeks

per course

More info on price: The above mentioned fee is for students aged 19 plus. Full funding is available for students aged 16 - 18 based on certain entry criteria. Price may vary depending upon individual circumstances.

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