Apprenticeship Level 4 - Professional Accounting Technician

The Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician apprenticeship standard combines classroom delivery, dedicated workplace mentoring and on-the-job experience to build the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a highly-competent Accounting professional.

As part of the apprenticeship, you will be employed within an accountancy role, working at the employer’s premises for four days per week and attending College for one day per week. During your time at College you will be working towards completion of the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.

You will cover the following modules of study within the classroom:

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements for Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls

You are also required to complete 2 optional modules to complete the Professional Diploma in Accounting, the optional units are:

  • Personal Tax
  • Credit Management
  • External Auditing
  • Cash and Treasury Management

Your practical skills and behaviours will be guided and supported in the workplace by a College assessor who will conduct regular visits to monitor and track progress.

As part of the programme you will also work to develop your English and Maths skills to ensure that you maintain a high level of both accuracy and communication within the working environment.

How will I be assessed?

The AAT qualifications are assessed by modular computer based assessments, these are built into your own individual timetable.

An EPA (End Point Assessment) is the final stage of your apprenticeship programme. You will be put forward for EPA upon agreement with both your employer and the college.

The EPA has two components:

  • A computer based synoptic assessment
  • A Portfolio-reflective*

* Submission of a portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace, this will then be reflected upon during a professional discussion.

What do I need?

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths. You will also need to have completed the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Where can it take me?

You can apply to AAT to become a full member of the Association of Accounting technicians to obtain the designatory letters (MAAT). You could also progress on to further Accountancy studies including ACCA or CIMA.

Additional information

This course demands a substantial amount of independent study.

In addition, you will need to secure a job with an employer. To apply for vacancies, log on to your account at https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.

For help with your application contact the College Apprenticeship Team on 0121 602 7784.

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