This 1-year course is specifically tailored to adults aged 19+.

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) advanced level course is the highest level or final stage of the AAT Accounting qualification. This well-respected accounting qualification is ideal for anyone who is looking to advance their existing knowledge of accounting to a higher level. You will be taught by highly qualified lecturers with extensive knowledge & experience in accountancy and Finance.

Please note classroom attendance is weekly, times to be confirmed, with a commitment to self-study expected. The course duration is 36 weeks.

You may be eligible to apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

Please note: this course is subject to final awarding body approval and validation. Please apply as normal. For more information contact Lambeth College.

Why Accounting?

You can study this course at the new London South Bank Technical college (LSBTC) in Nine Elms, London’s buzzing Zone 1.
Bringing together students, apprentices, employers, industry experts and teachers, this new technical college offers work-based education for students, designed in partnership with businesses across London.
Professional qualification - qualify with an industry recognised Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting of the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).
Expand your skillset to serve a wide range of accountancy aspects.
Specialise in your area of interest with the choice of two optional units.


London South Bank University student union is located at 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA.

If you are visiting our Southwark Campus, you may wish to use our downloadable campus map (PNG File 466 KB). For information on accessibility, see our DisabledGo access guides. See our location page for more details.

Entry Level Requirements

You must have a sound knowledge of bookkeeping principles to undertake the AAT Level 4 programme. Achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or related qualification may also be accepted.

New applicants will also have an initial assessment in English & Maths and achieve a Level 2 or provide evidence of prior achievement.

These professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. In addition to the course fees, you will also be required to purchase set books and join the AAT as a member.

Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

This qualification provides you with the skills necessary for a ‘Finance Officer’ / accountant role including the complex management accounting tasks, general management skills, drafting financial statements and specialist learning areas.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career to work as an accountant in a range of sectors.

The level 4 Diploma in Accounting covers a wide range of aspects of accountancy and is made up of several key areas such as:

* Management accounting

* Budgeting

* Financial Statements for Limited companies

* Accounting systems and control (Synoptic).

Two of the following optional Units:

* Personal Tax

* Business Tax

* Auditing

* Cash and Credit management

* Credit Control


This AAT qualification gives you the skills and knowledge to work as an accountant within any number of sectors.

After successfully passing the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting, you may wish to consider expanding your knowledge and skills on another of LSBTC’s business-related courses or progressing on to studying chartered accountancy. This qualification can give qualified students exemptions towards part of the UKs chartered and certified accountancy qualifications.

Alternatively, you could choose to progress to wider higher-level study, and consider one of the following undergraduate degrees with LSBU (additional qualifications will be required). In some cases, you may be eligible for direct entry to year 2 or 3 of a degree course:

  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) International Accounting with Finance
  • BSC (Hons) Business Management with Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Economics

Teaching and Assessment

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

International team enquiry

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189