This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3, the current entry level for accounting.
The below resources have been designed to assist with the delivery and completion of the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship.
- Apprenticeship standard
- Apprenticeship assessment plan
- Apprenticeship EPA Handbook
- Apprenticeship evidence template
- Apprenticeship portfolio exemplar
The Assistant Accountant apprenticeship sits within funding band 9, capping the amount of funding available at £9,000.
Funding for this apprenticeship will be administered and managed by the employer and spent with the chosen training providers.
This level of funding opens up a range of options to enable additional training, alongside the Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification, to augment the apprentice's on-programme learning.
You’ve got a new apprentice without any previous finance or accounting experience and they are starting out on the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship. Without a Level 2 Trailblazer apprenticeship how do you make sure they gain the fundamental basic skills needed to underpin the role of Assistant Accountant, including double-entry bookkeeping, to ensure they can succeed in their apprenticeship?
The expected length the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship is 15–18 months, but this is only a guideline and you can extend this to 24 months if you feel it’s appropriate. This gives you plenty of flexibility to incorporate other AAT short courses to ensure the apprentice has a solid foundation in the basic skills needed.
Examples of delivery options
This graphic demonstrates how the apprenticeship can sit alongside the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. You can click it to enlarge or download a PDF.
Use of one or a range of AAT qualifications as the on-programme learning element of the apprenticeship will provide the opportunity to monitor the apprentice's progress through assessment completion.
The below examples demonstrate how you can cover the basics along with the Advanced Diploma in Accounting using a 15-, 18- or 24-month delivery framework.
- Start the apprentice off with the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This will provide the fundamental bookkeeping and double-entry bookkeeping skills needed. Once completed, move them on to the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
- The units from the advanced diploma can be used towards the on-programme learning and help to monitor the apprentice's progress whilst preparing them for the End Point Assessment (EPA).
18-month or 24-month delivery
- Start with the Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping, progressing to the Foundation Award in Accounting Software. These two qualifications will provide a solid foundation for the apprentice to then move on to the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment (EPA) for this apprenticeship will consist of two parts:
- A synoptic end-test giving the apprentice the opportunity to tackle a series of business-related tasks through a simulation. This will be assessed through the existing AAT synoptic assessment that maps to the current AQ2016 Advanced Accounting Qualification (Level 3)
- A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the standard, gathered from the apprentice’s practical experience in the workplace, combined with a reflective discussion: a structured interview to examine the portfolio evidence and the learner journey in more detail. The reflective discussion will be conducted by an Independent Assessor (IA) appointed by AAT.