AAT Accounting Apprenticeship

12+ months

For all who love number crunching and are employed as Accounts Assistants, Credit Control Clerks, Accounts Clerks or Finance Assistants. Ideal for those assisting accountants to keep financial records and prepare accounts.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships have been designed to provide opportunities for people to develop a mix of practical and technical skills that support roles in an area of work. This programme covers a wide variety of roles in the Accounting sector.

An Apprenticeship is a great way to earn and learn, and for employers to discover skilled and talented employees.

Example Job Roles as an Apprentice:

  • Accounts Assistant/Clerk
  • Cashier
  • Finance Assistant
  • Data Input Clerk
  • Purchase Ledger/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Junior Accountant
  • Trainee Accounting Technician
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Assistant Management Accountant

The way to do an Apprenticeship

Start in a full-time job or a minimum of 30 hours per week with an employer who will allow day release at College if required. The number of release hours will depend on the Apprenticeship Programme

Programme Requirements

For the Level 2 programme, no previous accounting experience is necessary, but applicants must like working with numbers and be able to demonstrate the potential for developing good communication skills. The Level 3 Advanced Apprentice who has not achieved the Level 2 apprenticeship must have A*-C GCSE Maths, and have previous vocational experience. Research has shown that Level 3 Apprentices who have not achieved the Level 2, or have the vocational experience fail or have difficulty in achieving a Level 3. A Level 4 Apprentice must have completed the Level 3 AAT qualification. Learners will be asked to declare any criminal convictions, bankruptcy or CJJs at the time of registering on to Accountancy qualifications.


An Intermediate Apprenticeship programme will normally take between 6 months and 1 year to complete. An Advanced Apprenticeship takes approximately 18 months to 2 years.

Apprenticeship Framework

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the framework:

  • AAT qualification at Level 2, 3 or 4
  • AAT Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills (Level 4 only)
  • Skills element (Functional/Key Skills in Maths & English) Level 1 or 2
  • Employers Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (Levels 2 & 3)


The apprentice will compile a portfolio of evidence, which will contain detailed assessment reports from the assessor/tutor, and AAT examinations


The Employer may need to pay for support materials to help with the course such as text books, and membership costs for AAT

What can an apprentice do next?

Advanced Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeship

Progression through to other professional accountancy qualifications

For more information, please contact:

Email: apprenticeships@newcollege.ac.uk

Website: www.newcollege.ac.uk and www.fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk

Tel No: (01793) 732883

Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk (National Apprenticeship Service)

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