Apprenticeships in Accountancy

Advanced Assistant Accountant (Level 3), Higher Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician (Level 4)

Where to begin……………………
If you want to be an apprentice in Accountancy and don’t yet have an employer, contact our apprenticeship recruitment team; 01228 822798 or email Deborah Macleod at

If you already have an employer, or are an employer, contact our apprentice recruitment team; 01228 822708 or email Oli Matthews at

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominantly within practice, or alternatively, within the finance function of an organisation. Part of the role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities, such as data entry, 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.

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician 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 the behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet the 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.

Reference: A0001SC
Duration: 12-18 months
Course Dates: September and January
Type: Part-Time (Day or Evening Release)
Contact: David Mandle/Wendy Carr

Course Content
  • Business Awareness - Transactional processes and business strategy
  • IT Systems & Processes - Computerised reconciliations, sales, purchases and payroll
  • Ethical Standards - Uphold codes of conduct and protect the organisation’s professional reputation and own personal integrity
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting - Bookkeeping, financial statements, accounts preparation, end of year adjustments, tax principles and VAT returns, in line with the financial standards
  • Management Accounting – Income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control

What will you learn?

  • Analysis - To effectively record and analyse financial data, using the organisation’s standard tools and processes. Communicate with stakeholders to aid decision making and add value, within the responsibility of the position
  • Communication - To competently demonstrate an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels. Deal with internal and external customers and confidently provide financial information, in a way that non-finance staff can interpret and understand
  • Produce quality and accurate information - To consistently deliver high quality, ‘right first time’ financial and performance data, in a timely fashion and in line with the organisation’s requirements
  • Planning and prioritisation – To effectively plan and prioritise time, co-ordinating the input of others in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Systems and processes - To efficiently use office and accounting packages, whilst maintaining the security of accounting information, using passwords and backup routines
  • Problem solving – To apply analytical techniques and tools to both common and non-routine problems, thereby producing solutions, or seeking support where appropriate

End Point Assessment (Takes place at the end of the apprenticeship):

  • Synoptic assessment of all prior units, including spreadsheets and ethics
  • 60-minute professional discussion
  • Portfolio submission

Entry Requirements

  • A logical and analytical approach to finance and numeracy
  • An efficient and professional attitude
  • An honest and reliable character
  • Legible handwriting and ICT literacy
  • Previous experience of Microsoft Excel (preferred but not essential)
  • GCSE maths and English at grade C, 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2

Please note that you must complete the previous level before progressing on to Level 4

Possible Job Roles?

Accounting Technician, Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk, Finance Officer, Senior Bookkeeper, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Junior Management Accountant, Business Tax Assistant.


Chartered Accountancy, or ILM Leadership & Management.

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