AAT apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are training programmes, where you train and work in an organisation while studying for a relevant qualification. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 who isn't in full-time education.

AAT apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with the AAT Accounting Qualification. Here’s how they work:

  • The employer pays your wage and trains you at work. A manager will mentor you throughout your training
  • The training provider delivers your tuition. A liaison officer will support, coach and mentor you while you’re studying. They’ll work with your employer to make sure your apprenticeship stays on track
  • AAT supports you during your apprenticeship and study with e-learning, study support and your AAT student membership
  • As an apprentice, you learn on the job, develop knowledge and skills, gain an AAT Accounting Qualification and earn money – all at the same time.

Read about the benefits of apprenticeships, and why you should think about training and working while studying for an AAT qualification.

Types of apprenticeships

The AAT Accounting Qualification is made up of three levels, and each is a qualification in its own right. Studying AAT gives you the option to be trained at the level that that suits you and your employer.

Intermediate apprenticeship
Studying AAT’s introductory level, you’ll be awarded with the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Level 5 Scotland). This covers basic accounting practices and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.

Advanced apprenticeship
Studying the AAT intermediate level, you’ll be awarded with the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (Level 6 Scotland). This introduces more complex accounting tasks, like maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns.

Higher apprenticeship
Studying AAT’s advanced level will now be made up of the Level 4 Diploma in Accounting (Level 8 Scotland) and the Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills - which will allow you to become proficient in delivering high level accounting tasks. For more information contact an AAT advisor on 0845 863 0802 (UK) or +44 (0)20 7397 3002.

Duration and funding of apprenticeships

The duration and funding options for AAT apprenticeships vary, depending on where you are based. See more details for the following regions:

How to find an AAT Apprenticeship

You can find an apprenticeship yourself, register with government-approved recruitment services or contact an AAT approved training provider.

AAT doesn’t directly provide apprenticeships, but you can search for an AAT approved training provider to help you find a suitable apprenticeship. 

The organisations and resources to help you find an apprenticeship vary by region. See more details for the following regions:

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