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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 a business or other organisation.

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, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant. York College will work with employers and key players in the sector to prepare and equip you to be successful in your career.

Qualifications & End-Point Assessment Information

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 and one of the two technical knowledge option requirements. 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

In addition to associated attributes, skills and behaviours in adhering to high standards of professionalism and quality.

Assessment includes two distinct elements: an On-programme Assessment and an End-point Assessment. The On-programme Assessment is an important element of the learning process as apprentices acquire the relevant Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. The End-point Assessment, which is attempted after the On-programme Assessment, is the single determinant that the apprentice has met the competencies of the Standard. All Apprentices will attempt the same End-point Assessments; however there are two distinct and separate routes to completing the On-programme Assessment: The Examination Route and the Work Experience Route.

The End-point Assessment will comprise two components and will be assessed by an Approved End-Point Assessment Organisation. Both components must be individually passed for the apprentice to be deemed competent: a portfolio of evidence and a role simulation.

There will be two successful grades for the Apprenticeship: ‘Pass’ and ‘Distinction’. The ‘Distinction’ grade can only be determined following the Role Simulation, which forms part of the End-point Assessment.

Method(s) of delivery

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and adopt a blended approach of on and off the job training and professional development. Apprentices will receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College through classroom based activities.

Entry criteria

Candidates will 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. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to the end-point assessment. To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. It is strongly
recommended that you have completed the Level 3 Accounting qualification prior to undertaking this qualification.


It is anticipated that candidates will typically complete the Apprenticeship within 18 to 24 months.

What next?

Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship 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.

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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