AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship | Weston College

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Course code AHPACPF1SA

AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional-level apprenticeship is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional AAT (MAAT) status.

The apprenticeship lasts 18-24 months.

What will I learn?

You will cover higher accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. Optional specialist units are also available. Apprentices who complete these additional two units will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting and be eligible to apply for full AAT membership. This internationally recognised AAT qualification enables those working in accounting or looking to pursue an accountancy career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification, often sought by employers.

Units of study

The Level 4 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:

  • Management accounting – budgeting
  • Management accounting – decision and control
  • Financial statements of limited companies
  • Accounting systems and controls
  • Professional diploma synoptic assessment.

These core units are assessed, while a synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context.

In addition, the following optional units may be added to complete the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting (but are not mandatory as part of the apprenticeship):

  • Business tax
  • Personal tax
  • External auditing
  • Cash and treasury management
  • Credit management.

You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

Study method – online and on campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver the core units of this apprenticeship through our online and on campus model.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop. This means you can fit your study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 60 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, apprentices benefit from face-to-face classes at College with an experienced tutor who will provide guidance on progress and assessment. A combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussion encourage you 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.

Apprentices will attend College once a week for half a day or one evening and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

How will I be assessed?

After completing your On Programme Learning and synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained during the on-programme stage, you will undertake an End-Point Assessment (EPA), consisting of: * An online assessment, where you’ll tackle a series of business-related tasks through simulation in line with typical role activities * A portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace. You must then reflect on the portfolio through a written statement or professional discussion.


The skills you develop will enable you to seek employment with confidence and progress to study chartered accountancy.

Career opportunities

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to professional AAT (MAAT) status. You could progress to the following roles: accounts payable and expenses supervisor, assistant financial accountant, cmmercial analyst, cost accountant, indirect tax manager, payments and billing manager, payroll manager, senior finance officer, senior insolvency administrator, tax supervisor, VAT accountant.

Entry Requirements

You will need to be employed in a relevant accounting role. You must have a sound knowledge of accounting principles to undertake the AAT Level 4 programme. Achievement of an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting is essential.

Course Level

Level 4

iAn interview is required for this course.

What Our Students Say

Bella Febry, Business Studies

Bella Febry

“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.

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