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Role Profile

An AAT Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within an accountancy firm or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Your working day will involve day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements.  In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Typical Job roles

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. You could be working towards the following roles: Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger or Ledger Clerk. Part of your role could involve assisting in the day-to-day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns. Good interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills for both internal and external stakeholders.

Entry Requirements

It would be preferable to have the Level 2 AAT qualification or equivalent or relevant work experience, although this is not essential. Candidates will usually have 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) - including English and maths. Employers may set their own specific entry requirements in addition to York College.

Qualifications

Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Functional skills at level 2 or equivalent (if applicable).

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting which covers a range of key areas including:


• Advanced bookkeeping
• Final accounts preparation
• Management accounting: costing
• Indirect tax
• Ethics for accountants
• Spreadsheets for accounting

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

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and will adopt a blended learning approach combining online learning and face-to-face lessons.  Online lessons can be accessed at any time using a mobile, tablet or desktop. Apprentices receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College through a combination of classroom based lessons, group exercises and discussions. Apprentices attend College once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

End Point Assessment

There is an End Point Assessment (EPA) that has 2 components that have been designed to be completed once the Apprentice has finished the on-programme journey.

A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on- programme  stage.

A portfolio (ongoing) and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace to show that the apprentice has 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.

Both components will need to be passed in order for the Apprentice to be awarded the Apprenticeship. to be awarded the Apprenticeship. There will be 3 grades for this Apprenticeship: Pass, Fail or Distinction both assessments will be graded - the weighting will be 40% attributed to the synoptic end-test and 60% to the portfolio and reflective discussion.

Career Progression

Progression onto the Professional Accountant/Tax Technician Apprenticeship.

As well as ensuring full competency as an Assistant Accountant, this standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths, including Audit Trainee, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller or Tax Accountant.

Our Success Rates

100% overall success rate for our Accounting Apprenticeship provision, 25% higher than national average.

81% overall success rate for our Apprenticeship provision, 12% higher than national.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:-

Tel: 01904 770368

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