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AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is a Level 3 qualification – equivalent to A Levels – and will equip you with skills that can be directly applied in your role.
This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering areas such as double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. You will then move on to mastering more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
The apprenticeship lasts 18 months.
What will I learn?
This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. You will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. You will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.
This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3, the current entry level for accounting apprenticeships. The structure allows you to achieve the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT qualification enables those working in accounting, or looking to pursue accountancy as a career, to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.
The Level 3 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:
- Advanced bookkeeping
- Final accounts preparation
- Management accounting – costing
- Indirect tax
- Ethics for accountants
- Spreadsheets for accounting.
The skills and knowledge gained throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including finance officer, assistant accountant and bookkeeper.
Study method – online and on campus
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our online and on campus model.
Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – meaning you can fit your study around work commitments.
On campus, apprentices benefit from face-to-face classes at College with an experienced tutor. A combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussion encourage apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations.
This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.
You will attend college one afternoon or evening every week and will study online materials during allotted time at work.
How will I be assessed?
The Assistant Accountant apprenticeship includes:
- A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard.
- A portfolio and reflective discussion, which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace to show you have met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail.
You can progress on to the Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship – AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting at Level 4.
After completing this course, you could apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and become a professional AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB).
The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this apprenticeship will qualify you for roles including finance officer, assistant accountant and bookkeeper. You will also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, giving you the option to work as a freelance bookkeeper.
Applicants will need to be employed in a relevant accounting role. You’ll also need five GCSEs, including Maths and English at Grade C or above, or Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths. Good keyboarding skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office are essential. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential. Progression You can progress on to the Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship – AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting at Level 4.
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What Our Students Say
Bella Febry, Business Studies
“It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will definitely help my future career prospects."
Former school: Priory
Work Experience: Bella completed her work experience with international oil and gas company 'OiLSERV' in Dubai. During this Bella gained skills in HR, finance, IT, law, marketing, sales and project delivery.
Course: Business Studies
What next? After being awarded Work Experience Student of the Year, Bella aims to get a distinction star and then take a gap year before going to university.