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Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance

The KPA Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance offers candidates the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their understanding of higher level topics in accountancy and finance. It is perfect for individuals looking to access a career in accountancy, or progress to more senior management roles.

Fee (does not include a course or training)

£1,056 for exams

£61 for certification

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Qualification number
8 mandatory
Guided learning hours (GLH)
Total hours

Qualification overview

This qualification combines the expertise and experience of qualified accounting professionals and members from professional accounting bodies. This invaluable input ensures it is designed to meet current industry needs and to fully equip candidates with the necessary subject knowledge and practical skills to carry out their role accurately and efficiently.

The modules are designed to integrate the overall learning outcomes and enable students to progress logically through the qualification’s eight units. Upon successful completion, candidates will achieve a nationally recognised KPA Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance (RQF).

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is the perfect choice for individuals who are:

  • interested in pursuing a career in accounting or finance
  • currently working in business or any related field and wish to develop their knowledge of accounting or finance
  • aiming to commence their studies with a view to becoming a qualified accountant or finance professional

Progression opportunities

On completion of this qualification, candidates can progress onto:

  • Dublin Business School (DBS) Bachelors of Accounting and Finance
  • Study of a professional accountancy qualification
  • Study of a professional banking qualification

Entry requirements

This qualification is designed for candidates who are 18+ and post-secondary school. This does not exclude individuals who haven't just left secondary education or who have already embarked on their chosen career from entering this qualification.

Whilst there are no specific entry requirements to study this qualification, it is recommended that candidates have a good standard of English and Maths, GCSE grades 4 to 9 or equivalent.

Our centres are required to review relevant, prior qualifications and experience for each candidate and to use that information to decide whether the candidate has the necessary foundations to undertake this programme of study.

Exemptions and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

There are no exemptions or recognition of prior learning.

Delivery languages

This qualification is available in English only at this time.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, it is preferable to have proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent).

Support and recognition

The KPA Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance (RQF) qualification has industry support from:

  • Kaplan Financial Ltd

Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications

Entry on the Register of Regulated Qualifications

Structure and assessment

This qualification is composed of eight units, which are listed in the qualification structure below. The candidate must successfully complete all eight units to obtain the qualification certification. The total qualification time is 384 hours.

Qualification structure

Unit titleAssessment methodMandatory / OptionalLevelGLH
Accounting EssentialsComputer based (2 hours)Mandatory420
Introduction to Finance420
Cost Accounting420
Business Management420
Corporate Finance420
Management Accounting420
Legal Environment for Business420
Accounting Software Systems420

Assessment method

Each unit will be assessed by a two hour computer-based examination.

For further details:

Download the full specification (1.02MB PDF)

Training centres

This qualification is only available through KPA recognised training centres. We cannot advise which centres are running particular training courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they are currently offering your chosen qualification.

Centres approved to run this qualification

Training centreLocationDetails
Dublin Business SchoolDublinMore info

Becoming a KPA approved centre

To become a KPA approved centre you will need to meet general and specific requirements to ensure the standard and quality of the qualification delivery is maintained year on year.

Our dedicated support team will guide you through the application process and help to ensure you have all the information you need to deliver the qualification and assessment in the most effective way for your candidates.

All approved centres will be subject to ongoing regulatory processes, including centre visits, which will focus on the internal quality assurance process, management of the qualification delivery and the service provided to the candidate.

To learn more about becoming a KPA centre or working in partnership with a KPA centre, please contact us.

Documents and specification

Full details of this qualification can be downloaded below.

Qualification specification

Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Finance specification (1.02MB PDF)

Candidate support

It’s imperative to us that qualifications and assessments are accessible to all candidates. If you have any special needs, disabilities, temporary injuries or commitments that might impact upon your daily activities, for example pregnancy, breastfeeding or daily prayer, please notify us on registration so that we can ensure your needs are met.

KPA complies with the Equality Act 2010 and Ofqual general conditions of recognition regarding fair assessment. Our Access Arrangments policy aims to remove any unnecessary barriers to assessment that may prevent you from effectively demonstrating your competence.

You can apply for access arrangements by contacting our team to request an application form. Applications must meet the deadlines set out in the policy. If you are granted access arrangements, please inform us immediately if the circumstances related to your access arrangements change prior to your examination date.

Learn more about candidate support