The Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship provides an ideal progression route for those who have completed the level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship.  It builds on the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed through the level 2 programme and takes them to a more advanced level.  

Examples of roles for which the programme is suitable include: Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier, Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk or Sales Ledger Clerk.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this programme applicants must have:

  • GCSEs in English and Maths at grade A*-C / levels 9-4

  • Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship OR AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

 

Course content

The Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship standard details the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) expected of a competent Assistant Accountant.  These include:

Knowledge

Skills

Behaviours

  • Business awareness

  • IT Systems and Processes

  • Ethical Standards

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting 

  • Management Accounting

  • Analysis

  • Communication

  • Producing quality and accurate information

  • Using systems and processes

  • Problem solving

  • Embracing change

  • Adding value

  • Ethics and integrity

  • Personal accountability

  • Productivity

  • Team working and collaboration

 

Qualifications

As part of their apprenticeship, candidates will complete a mandatory qualification: the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.  Modules include:

  • Advanced bookkeeping 2 hour exam

  • Final Accounts Preparation

  • Management accounting: Costing

  • Indirect tax

  • Ethics for Accountants

  • Spreadsheets for accounting

 

The first four modules are assessed through 2-hour online exams. These are followed by a final 3-hour online scenario-based synoptic exam that covers all six modules.  All exams are sat at an AAT approved exam centre within reasonable travelling distance of the Apprentice’s home location.

English and maths

If an Apprentice doesn’t already have a level 2 qualification in English and maths, they will also be required to complete Functional Skills qualifications in these subjects at Level 2 as part of their Apprenticeship.

Delivery

Following this the training programme is delivered using a range of methods including:

  • Fortnightly workshops at Boom Training HQ in Southampton

  • Regular tutorials that are used to:

    • review and assess coursework and provide feedback

    • provide teaching and learning to cover knowledge requirements

    • plan future learning and set SMART targets

  • 5 workplace visits either face to face or remote via Zoom to cover formal progress reviews and observations

  • e-learning modules (through ‘MyAAT’)

  • subject-specific webinars (through MyAAT)

  • the development of an electronic portfolio of evidence using our e-portfolio system: Ecordia 

  • A final End Point Assessment (EPA) described below

 

At the start of the programme, the tutor will work with the Apprentice and the Employer to develop a Plan of Learning.  The plan will be designed to ensure that it meets the needs of the employer and the role of the Apprentice, as well as the assessment requirements of the standard.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

Once the candidate has completed their training programme and we all agree that all the elements have been completed and achieved, the candidate will undergo an ‘End Point Assessment’. 

The EPA has two distinct assessment elements:

  • A 3-hour online synoptic exam in which the candidate is given information about a fictitious organisation and is then presented with a variety of accountancy tasks/questions relating to this

  • A structured interview based on a ‘showcase’ portfolio of evidence the apprentice creates during the programme

Both assessment elements will be conducted and graded by an independent End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).

Progression options

The primary progression route for candidates completing this programme is the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship standard or the AAT level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.  However, in order to progress to one of these, individuals need to be employed in a role with significant levels of responsibility in line with the requirements of the programme.  This will usually mean applicants need at least 2-3 years experience in an accounting role.

Tutors will discuss career and progression options with apprentices and employers throughout the Apprenticeships and especially as Apprentices near completion. 
 

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