Course Information

Who is the course for?

As an Assistant Accountant you will provide 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. Part of your role will 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 you may find yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Roles/Occupations may include: Assistant Accountant / Trainee Accounting Technician / Accounts Clerk / Cashier / Finance Assistant / Purchase Ledger Clerk / Sales Ledger Clerk.

What does the course involve?


What is required?

Business Awareness

Understands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation. Understands their organisations business strategy including customer and supplier needs, in order to produce relevant and compliant financial information. Is aware of how their role fits in with the wider organisation and sector they are working in.

IT Systems and Processes

Understands how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, correct errors and produce a range of reports using a computerised accounting system. Understands the systems and process of the organisation, within the responsibility of the position such as Sales, Purchase and Payroll. Understands the use of all relevant office and accounting packages used within their organisation, relevant to their job role.

Ethical Standards

Understands the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisations professional reputation and integrity. Understands the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

Understands the basic elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards required to process financial documents and report financial information to users of accounts. Understands the current financial standards for basic accounts preparation, in order to be able to make necessary end of year adjustments. Understands what is required to draft final accounts. Understands how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets. Understands the basic tax principles to apply current regulations to calculate VAT and submit a VAT return.

Management Accounting

Understands how to recognise and use different accounting approaches and is able to gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control.



What is required?


Effectively records and analyses financial data at the appropriate level using the organisation’s standard tools and processes. Communicates to all stakeholders to aid decision making to add value to the organisation, within the responsibility of the position.


Works both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards; competently demonstrates an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with internal and external customers. Demonstrates the ability to communicate financial information in a way that non-finance staff can interpret and understand.

Produces Quality and Accurate Information

Consistently delivers high quality, ‘right first time’ financial and performance data in a timely fashion in line with the organisation’s requirements, to aid decision making and planning.

Uses Systems and Processes

Demonstrates the ability to identify the appropriate systems and processes to work productively in order to complete required tasks. Demonstrates competent use of office and accounting packages. Able to maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and backup routines.

Problem Solving

Applies techniques to both common and non-routine problems, analysing where required and selecting the appropriate tools and techniques to produce solutions. Escalates or seeks guidance and support where appropriate.



What is required?

Embracing Change

Accepts changing priorities and working requirements readily and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment.

Adding Value

Identifies opportunities to actively engage in the wider business when appropriate. Provides information that positively contributes to influencing business decisions whilst continually striving to improve own working processes and those of the organisation.

Ethics and Integrity

Applies a transparent and objective manner in all actions and interactions to ensure that they meet the ethical requirements of the profession.

Personal Accountability

Takes the initiative for own personal development. Proactively takes responsibility for completing tasks and meeting expectations. Consistently prioritises in order to achieve timely outcomes.


Organises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines. Performs professionally in pressurised situations and escalates appropriately when necessary.

Team working and Collaboration

Consistently supports colleagues & collaborates to achieve results. Aware of their role within the team & their impact on others.

Placements/Work Placements

You must be in a compatible role within your organisation in order to undertake this apprenticeship so that competence can be assessed using the expected skills, behaviours and knowledge.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include five GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

What are the assessment methods?

On-programme assessment will include:

Delivery of Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AAT L3) plus foundation elements, including:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costings
  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Indirect Taxation
  • Management Accounts Costings

At the point of ‘gateway readiness’ you will be prepared for End Point Assessment which will include:

  • 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 you have 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.

How long is the course?

18 months.

What are the College attendance requirements?

One day per week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There is a possibility that for employers whose learner requires additional ‘End Point Assessment’ attempts there may be additional costs but this can be discussed with your Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisor at initial contact.

What are the progression options?

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

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