Professional Accounting or Taxation Technician Apprenticeship Level 4

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    Part Time

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    18 - 24 Months

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    Boston or Spalding

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    September 2023


This Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Apprenticeship will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance.

Optional specialist units are also available. Apprentices who complete these additional two units will be awarded an AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting and be eligible to apply for full AAT membership. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Higher Accounting Apprentices work in job roles such as accounts manager or accounting technician. As an Apprentice, you will receive on-the-job training at your workplace and support from your assessor.

What will I do?

Throughout the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship you will cover a range of key areas, including:

  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Drafting and Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Internal Accounting Systems and Controls

These core units of study are assessed at unit level. In addition, a synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context.

Optional units - select two of the following (subject to availability):

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Cash and Financial Management
  • Credit and Debt Management

You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

The entry qualifications for Level 4 Professional Accounting or Taxation Technician Apprenticeship are five GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English and Maths and successful completion of the Level 3 AAT qualification (or equivalent).

You will also need to be working in an accounting role either in practice or business environment and have a degree of autonomy and responsibility within your job role.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis and will be subject to the entry requirements alongside a successful interview with the course tutor.

The Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship will take you 18-24 months to complete.

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model. Apprentices will attend college every week as well will study online materials during allotted time at work.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop - meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, apprentices benefit from face-to-face classes at college with an experienced tutor. A combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussion encourage apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

You will attend College every Thursday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm in Boston.

As an Apprentice, you will pay no course fees. However, your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage (please see below).

For information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext 3248.

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship you’re in.

Aged 16 to 18.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4.81. per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is £4..81 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

If you are an employer and want to find out more information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext. 3248.

If you would like to gain the Diploma in Accounting Level 4 you will need to pay exam entry fees of £315. You will also need to register with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) - which is currently £240 for the duration of this qualification. This will be invoiced separately.

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

  • A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard
  • A portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace 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

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to study chartered accountancy.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to the achievement of professional AAT (MAAT) status. Employment opportunities include: Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Assistant Financial Accountant, Commercial Analyst, Cost Accountant, Indirect Tax Manager, Payments and Billing Manager, Payroll Manager, Senior Finance Officer, Senior Insolvency Administrator, Tax Supervisor, VAT Accountant.

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