ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Accounting
The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Accounting is a 120 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent to an A Level or Access to HE qualification.
This qualification can be studied as part of the progression route to gain IFA membership through the IFA Direct Programme.
This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.
Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.
To view the specification, please click here.
This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.
For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- a GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades 4 and above
- other related level 3 subjects such as ATHE level 3 Diplomas
- an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
- other equivalent international qualifications
For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:
- IELTs 5.5
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
- Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49
Learners must complete all 8 mandatory units.
|Unit Name||Unit Aims||Credits||Mandatory|
|Financial Accounting 1||The aim of this unit is to develop the financial reporting skills of those who manage or seek to manage the day to day finances and financial needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small and medium practices (SMPs).||15||Yes|
|Financial Accounting 2||Learners will develop the ability to prepare financial statements according to the International Accounting Standards for Small and Medium-Sized entities (IFRS for SMEs).||15||Yes|
|Budgetary Control||The aim of this unit is to develop knowledge and ability in identifying and evaluating sources of finance, managing and improving working capital, preparing budgets for functional departments and understand the importance of budgetary control for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and small and medium practices (SMPs).||15||Yes|
|Cost and Management Accounting||Individuals will have the skills to provide relevant information for short-term and long-term decision making; costing and pricing whilst ensuring that employees are motivated to achieve individual objectives and the objectives of the business as a whole.||15||Yes|
|Personal Taxation||The aim of this unit is to enable individuals to understand taxation as it affects Individuals. The unit will focus on income tax, National Insurance (NI) contributions and capital gains tax.||15||Yes|
|Business Environment||The aim of the unit is for learners to consider the wider business environment. The unit will build on the work covered in the financial accounting units and consider the different forms of legal business ownership.||15||Yes|
|Economics for Business||This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of the economic environment and its impact on how businesses operate.||15||Yes|
|Law for Accounting||The aim of the module is to develop understanding of how English law impacts on business organisations and professional accountancy practice. Unit Level 4||15||Yes|