Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

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.

What's Involved

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. The programme will deliver the core knowledge required to work effectively in a finance role, and supports learners to develop the behaviours and skills necessary for a successful career.

As part of the AAT programme, learners will study the following modules:

> Advanced Bookkeeping

> Final Accounts Preparation

> Management Accounting:Costing

> Indirect Tax

> Ethics for Accountants

> Spreadsheets for Accounting

In addition, a workplace portfolio will be produced using a supplied template, that will demonstrate competency across a range of knowledge, skills, and behaviours. The portfolio evidence will consist largely of activities carried out as part of the apprentice’s job role.

Our Accounting qualifications are delivered in partnership with Mindful Education using an online and on campus model. Your study will be blended, spending some time face to face in College and some time learning online.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – allowing you to fit your study around work and life commitments. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and can be re-visited as often as you need. Lessons are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life, and exercises and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you will benefit from face-to-face classes (or virtual classroom sessions) at your local partner college with an experienced tutor. A combination of tutor-led lessons, group exercises and discussion help you apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

This course requires a substantial commitment of time outside of onsite classroom time and you should be prepared to spend approximately 6 hours per week on your studies at home, including the time you spend on Mindful resources.

Course Assessment Method

Each AAT module is assessed via a computer based exam. In addition to the modules listed there is an additional synoptic assessment, this takes account of learning from the majority of modules on the programme and forms part of the End Point Assessment.

The End Point Assessment:

> Each Apprenticeship standard is concluded with a competency test called the End Point Assessment. For the Assistant > Accountant standard this assessment consists of the following elements:

> The synoptic assessment

> The produced portfolio

> A reflective discussion with an AAT assessor.

What's Next

Students from this programme have continued on to study Level 4 AAT, this programme can also be studied as an Apprenticeship. Alternatively you could work as a Credit Controller or Management Accounts Clerk and progress to more senior roles.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body: AAT
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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