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The Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 3) is equivalent to two A-levels, and will take approximately 15-21 months to complete. The qualification is an ideal progression route into the accounting industry. Typical job roles associated with the programme include Assistant Accountant, Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Bookkeeper and many more.

There is no standardised eligibility criteria for this apprenticeship. This means the individual employer will decide if a candidate is suitable.

Start date: Flexible

Typical duration: 15 – 21 Months

Location: Nationwide (England)

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Features

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for your chosen role and industry. To help you with this, you can expect to study the following subject areas:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • IT Systems and Processes
  • Analysis
  • Ethical Standards

You will also complete a Vendor or Professional Qualification alongside the apprenticeship, which is chosen by the employer to be most relevant to the job role. This will either be the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting or the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Features

Off-the-Job Training

For 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties. This is to engage in training related to your post and programme. Known as ‘Off-the-Job Training’, this should take place at a time convenient for both you and your employer.

The qualification is delivered through a blended learning approach. You will be required to make time to see your tutor via remote or face-to-face sessions.

The sessions will take place roughly once per month, usually lasting around 2 hours. The duration of these can be extended for any additional learning or support you require. Your tutor will also provide support and guidance in between each learning session.

You should also expect to carry out self-study and learning as part of the Off-the-Job Training using your iLearner portfolio.

Functional Skills

If you do not have grades A-C/9-4 in GCSE maths and English or equivalent, you will complete Functional Skills alongside the apprenticeship. It is nationally recognised and is completed as part of the apprenticeship.

  • As a Level 3 qualification, you’ll complete Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English.
  • The learning will be delivered by one of our dedicated tutors via remote or face-to-face sessions. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments. These may be delivered in a classroom.
  • These sessions will take place once a month, for roughly 2 hours depending on your learning needs.
  • With their expert help, you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your goals.
Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Functional Skills

The End-Point Assessment

As part of your Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship, an End-Point Assessment will be completed to demonstrate your development and growth. You can achieve either a Pass, Merit or Distinction based on your final grade.

Showcase Portfolio

During your apprenticeship you will gather evidence as part of a portfolio to further show your learning. This will cover topics such as essential for the industry and job role. Though this is not directly assessed, your portfolio is essential for completing other parts of the EPA.

Forget about lugging around all your work. The online iLearner portfolio system means all your work can be uploaded directly to your account and accessed wherever you go. The system is easy to navigate. Though, full guidance will be provided through our iLearner handbook and from your tutor through one-to-one support.

Multiple-Choice Assessment

You will complete a multiple-choice test. It will be open book, meaning you can have access to some books or reference materials. In the test you can have:

  • Pens, pencils, erasers.
  • Scientific or accountancy calculator (must not emit audible tones or function as any other digital device).

In the test you cannot have:

  • Access to the internet.
  • Technological, web-enabled potential sources of information.
  • Devices including, but not limited to, mobile phones, iPods, MP3/4 players or data-storing smart watches.

No other equipment is allowed.

The test will have 40 multiple choice questions over 4 different themes. You will have 150 minutes to complete it.

Professional Discussion

You will conduct a Professional Discussion with the independent assessor to establish further understanding of your knowledge and skills within the Accounting industry. It will last 60-70 minutes, and they will ask you at least 10 questions. This may cover a number of scenarios you may have encountered in your job role, along with questions relating to the development of skills.

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Professional Discussion

Go Further

Once you’ve completed your Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship, there are several progression routes available, dependent on your industry and job role:

You can also progress into a variety of job roles, such as Assistant Cashier, Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk and many more!

Contact us for further information!

Call us on 01246 278931, email or fill in the contact form below to check availability and for further advice about the next steps.

Our team will be happy to advise you on additional programmes we provide and can help point you in the right direction for any learning requirement not delivered by Apprentice Team Ltd.