York College

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Taxation experts

Up to £27,000

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Financial and accounting technicians

Up to £34,000

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Chartered and certified accountants

Up to £29,000

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Course Length

21 months.

Role Profile

This apprenticeship will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours required for a Professional Accountant / Tax Technician. A Professional Accounting/Tax Technician apprentice will have responsibility for creating and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices.

This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of another organisation.

Typical Job roles

Examples of roles as a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician apprentice include, but are not limited to Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Tax Investigations Officer. You will develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and behaviours (know it, show it & live it) in relation to the two areas of specialism, accounting and tax. A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements common to both areas. A competent Professional Accounting/Tax Technician, on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements:

  • Technical knowledge in accounting/tax
  • Business awareness
  • Ethical standards
  • Regulation and compliance
  • System and processes

Entry Requirements

Level 3 AAT Apprenticeship/Qualification or Assistant Accountant Qualification 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. Employers may have their own entry requirements in addition to those specified by York College.


Professional Accountant/Tax Technician Apprenticeship (level 4). 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.

End Point Assessment

Assessment throughout the Apprenticeship includes:

On-programme Assessment - this is an important element of the learning process as apprentices acquire the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours. There are two distinct and separate routes to completing the On-programme Assessment - the Examination Route and the Work Experience Route.

End-point Assessment. This is attempted after the On-programme Assessment and comprises of two components that are graded Pass/Distinction/Fail:

  • A Portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competence in the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours defined in the Standard, which have been gathered from practical experience in the workplace
  • A Role Simulation giving the Apprentice the opportunity to tackle a series of business-related tasks through a simulation that reflects activities undertaken in a typical role at this level of competence

Career Progression

A senior role in a variety of positions within the Accounting industry.

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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 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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