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AAT Assistant Accountant Level 3

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
Study Mode
18 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 3

The AAT Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification - equivalent to A Levels - and will equip apprentices with skills that can be directly applied in their roles. This qualification will prepare apprentices 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. Students will then move on to mastering more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

Good keyboarding skills are essential as well as a good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential.

Entry Requirements

Employment in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.

What will I study?

This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. Apprentices 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. They will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

Example modules:

The Level 3 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:

  • Business Awareness
  • Financial Accounting: preparing financial statements
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Tax Processes for businesses

    The skills and knowledge gained throughout this qualification will qualify apprentices for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper.

    Method of delivery

    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, minimizing disruption in the workplace.

    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 encourages 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.

    Apprentices will attend College once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

    Learn more about the York College and Mindful Education partnership.

    How will I be assessed?

    To complete the Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete:

    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 of a range of evidence produced in the workplace to show that the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the apprenticeship. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail.

    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.

    Levy paying employers can access levy funds to pay for this programme, and our blended learning model can contribute to the 20% off-the-job training requirement.

    Qualifications received

    This apprenticeship is at Level 3, the current entry level for accounting apprenticeships. The structure allows students to achieve the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Accounting as their on-programme learning. This internationally recognised AAT qualification enables those working in accounting or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers

    Good course combinations

    This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

    Your next steps

    You can progress on to the Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship - AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting at Level 4. Upon successful completion of the Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship, you can 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.

    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

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