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Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship – Level 3

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About the course

This is estimated at around 18 months. During the first year you will complete on programme learning assessments for advanced book-keeping, final accounts preparation, management accounting and costing. An assistant accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work mainly within practice or finance function of the organisation. You will learn how to use the organisation’s own bespoke accounting software packages in addition to more generic programs such as Sage, TaxCalc, QuickBooks and Xero.

Topics and units

Apprentices are supported by an AAT tutor whilst at college, assessment in the workplace and with regular reviews between the employer, Assessor/Trainer and apprentice to discuss progress and achievements.

During the first 12 months apprentices will complete an On Programme Learning (OPL) and cover units and unit assessments for advanced bookkeeping, final accounts preparation, management accounting, costing, indirect tax, ethics for accountants and spreadsheets for accounting. At the same time apprentices will also complete an e-portfolio of evidence demonstrating competence in the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in the standards.

Careers and progression

Accounts clerk, cashier, finances assistant, purchase ledger clerk, auditor, bookkeeper, credit controller, financial analyst.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above, and employed in a suitable role for at least 30 hours a week.

Additional information

On completion of the OPL the employer and training provider sign off the apprentice ready for End Point Assessment (EPA) and apprentices move to Gateway. The e-portfolio is submitted to an independent AAT Assessor for grading which is then followed up with a professional discussion to confirm competency and is also graded. The apprenticeship is graded fail, pass or distinction. On completion of the OPL the apprentice will be able to sit the final unit assessment – Advanced Synoptic Assessment also known as AVSY.

The apprentice on successful completion of all unit assessments achieves the AAT L3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification.

The apprentice on successful completion of the L3 AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship will also receive an Apprenticeship Certificate.

As an AAT qualified apprentice, there is a proven track record of skills obtained in the workplace, a recognised accountancy qualification and the practical, technical and professional skills that have been acquired that make one a highly sought-after employee.

What to do next

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