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Level 4

Personal Tax


17 weeks


Rush Green Campus


Jan 2024


Higher Education

This qualification picks up where the foundation and advanced levels left off. It focuses on drafting, analysing and interpreting financial statements.

The overall learning aim of the unit is to equip you with a knowledge of taxation as it applies to UK taxpayers so that accurate and fair taxation liabilities can be computed. It also enables you to appreciate the theory behind taxation, including the ethical aspects as it specifically applies to a taxation practitioner.

This module can be studied in isolation to build you knowledge in this specific area, or studied alongside other AAT accredited modules, to lead to an AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

Other modules available include:

This course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of the three most common taxes that affect taxpayers in the United Kingdom (UK): income tax, capital gains tax and inheritance tax. With this knowledge, you will then understand the taxation implications of decisions made by clients and understand that advice and guidance may be offered to ensure that the taxpayer is complying with tax legislation.

By the end of this module you'll be able to:

  • Understand principles and rules that underpin taxation systems
  • Calculate UK taxpayers’ total income
  • Calculate income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) payable by UK taxpayers
  • Calculate capital gains tax payable by UK taxpayers
  • Understand the principles of inheritance tax

You will complete online assessments.

You’ll need to have GCSE Grade 4 and above in both English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent and you will also need to have completed the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting at Level 3 to study on this programme.

Tutors are qualified accountants with years of experience in industry and in delivering AAT qualification courses.

To be awarded the full AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting you'll need to have completed all course modules. Other modules offered at Barking & Dagenham College include:

Successful completion of the full AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting gives you a variety of career options.

You can move into employment in fields such as Forensic Accounting or Corporate Finance, or specialise in taxation or insolvency.

If you want to continue your studies, you may be able to jump onto the 2nd year of accounting degree programmes of some Universities.

Whatever you choose, you can apply for full AAT membership. This will boost your employment opportunities.

You could also progress to study for Chartered and Certified Accountancy qualifications such as ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW.

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.