AAT Accountancy Professional Diploma SCQF Level 8

Course code 91N4

What is special about this course?

The aim of this level 8 qualification is to enhance the skills developed in the intermediate level. You will look at financial team leader skills, including financial statements for limited companies, complex management skills and specialist learning areas. As a result, your contribution will be better recognised and regarded and you will have greater professional status.

 On successful completion, you will automatically become an AAT affiliate member and with relevant work experience will qualify for AAT full membership.

Special features

  • The AAT is the world's leading professional body for accounting technicians with more than 100,000 members worldwide and are best placed to give you the support and training you need to fulfill your potential.
  • The AAT's qualifications are recognised by employers across all sectors and all industries.
  • The respect that employers have for the AAT qualification can be a massive boost to your career prospects, whether you have already started out in your career or are taking your first steps.
  • You learn and develop by doing the work and gain excellent practical understanding

Entry requirements

  • This scheme is open to everyone; you can join regardless of your age and no previous qualifications are required.
  • An assessment will be made of your current knowledge and experience and this will assist in determining which level of entry you are accepted onto.
  • You will also require reasonable numeracy skills.

Access routes

  • AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 7

Year 1 - SCQF level 8

Core modules are: 

  • Applied management accounting
  • Drafting and interpreting financial statements
  • Internal accounting systems and controls

Optional modules include:

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • Audit and assurance
  • Cash and financial management
  • Credit and debt management

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a mixture of classroom-based activities and self-study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Orkney

Start date

  • September


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course you may consider employment as an Accounts Technician in private practice, commence and the public sector.

You can apply for full AAT membership, which allows you to use the designation letters MAAT after your name.

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