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Assistant Accountant, AAT Apprenticeship
The Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification is at level 3 - 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. Learners will then move on to mastering more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.
What will I learn?
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.
This apprenticeship standard 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 looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.
The Level 3 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:
- Advanced bookkeeping
- Final accounts preparation
- Management accounting: costing
- Indirect tax
- Ethics for accountants
- Spreadsheets for accounting
The skills and knowledge gained throughout this qualification will qualify learners for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper.
Study Method – Online and On Campus
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 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.
Apprentices will attend college once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.
Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.
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 a range of evidence produced in the work-place 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.
What could I do after this course?
Most Weston College apprentices are kept on by their employers after they finish their course. You’ll be equipped for a variety of roles, including accounting technician, accounts clerk or finance assistant.
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.
You could also increase your skills with a higher apprenticeship or the degree in Business with Management at University Centre Weston.
You will need to be employed in a relevant accounting role. 5 GCSE’s with Maths and English at Grade C/ Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths 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. You’ll also need to be in relevant employment, but we can help you find this.
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What our students say
Alice, Business and Administration, Apprenticeship
“I love that each day at work as an apprentice is different; it keeps it interesting and I enjoy the hands-on experience I get daily.”
For Alice, one highlight of her Apprenticeship is that it has provided her with the opportunity to learn from extra training and learning experiences. She says she appreciates the fact that she gets to work with different skilled workers regularly, to help build up her knowledge. She adds that gaining a qualification at the same time as working is an added bonus."
What next? Alice is planning to work towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship. She enjoys her role as an apprentice so much that she feels business and administration is where she would like to continue working in the future.
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