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Apprenticeship

AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
21 Months, plus End-Point Assessment
Entry Requirements
AAT Apprenticeship/Qualification or Assistant Accountant Qualification (Level 3) or equivalent experience in industry. Candidates must have Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above), ideally as part of five GCSE A-C/9-4 grades or other comparable qualifications.

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.

This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

What will I study?

In this apprenticeship 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 (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Units of Study

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

  • Applied Management Accounting

  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

These core units of study are assessed at unit level. In addition, a synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context.

Optional units - select two of the following (subject to availability):

  • Business Tax

  • Personal Tax

  • Audit and Assurance

  • Cash and Financial Management

  • Credit and Debt Management

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

How will I be assessed?

After completing their On Programme Learning, sitting a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard, apprentices will be expected to complete their 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; and

  • Submission of a portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace. You must then reflect on the portfolio through a written statement or professional discussion.

Qualifications received

AAT Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship

This may lead to the candidate receiving credits towards the completion of the Professional Accountant/Tax Apprenticeship or Chartered Accountancy/ Taxation qualifications provided by the relevant Professional Bodies. Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship may also result in credits being awarded towards relevant undergraduate degree programmes. Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.

Method of Delivery

Apprentices typically attend College on a day-release basis for the duration of the Apprenticeship and work with their employer for the remaining contracted hours. Delivery will be in partnership with employers and adopt a blended learning approach and professional development. Apprentices will receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College. An assessor will visit Apprentices in the work place every 8-10 weeks to discuss and monitor progress.

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 apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 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. 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.


Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however, you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Your next steps

Progression

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to study chartered accountancy.

Career opportunities

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to the achievement of professional AAT (MAAT) status. Employment opportunities include: Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Assistant Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Indirect Tax Manager, Payments and Billing Manager, Payroll Manager, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Insolvency Administrator, Tax Supervisor, VAT Accountant.

Find out more
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email: businesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk

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