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15-18 months


This is an apprenticeship, designed as an entry level role into the Accountancy Profession, and can lead into a variety of careers with supporting professional qualifications. The role is applicable to a wide range of employers across the sector in both large and small firms and in industry, practice and public sector.

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and works predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role involves 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 an 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.

Am I ready to start?

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 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 does the course involve?

This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3, the current entry level for accounting. The structure allows students to achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Accounting as their on-programme learning, if the employer feels this is appropriate. Modules within this qualification include Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accountants Preparation, Management Accounting, Indirect Tax, Ethics for Accountants and Spreadsheets for Accounting.

To complete the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete:

  1. A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard.
  2. 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.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

  1. Audit Trainee
  2. Corporate Recovery Analyst
  3. Credit Controller
  4. Tax Accountant

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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