Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: 240YASA4

In this apprenticeship you 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.

The Level 4 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:
- Management Accounting: Budgeting
- Management Accounting: Decision and Control
- Financial Statements of Limited Companies
- Accounting Systems and Controls
- Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment

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.

In addition, the following optional units can be added to complete the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting (but are not mandatory as part of the apprenticeship):
- Business tax
- Personal tax
- External auditing
- Cash and Treasury Management
- Credit Management

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

Details

Details

  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

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This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) professional level apprenticeship is a higher-level accounting qualification. If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil the AAT’s work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional AAT (MAAT) status.

This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model. Apprentices will attend college once every two weeks and 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.

This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

The apprenticeship standard requires 20% of the apprentices time to be on-programme learning, both in the work place and in college. This will be based on weekly attendance in class for six hours over one full day during term time. Additional attendance at college may be required during half-terms/holidays for workshops and revision sessions.

Regular meetings, in college or the workplace, with tutor and employer, to discuss progress and ensure timely completion of all elements of the apprenticeship.

The apprentice will take responsibility for studying for the exams and gathering evidence and completing the portfolio of work, whilst in the workplace. The employer is responsible for managing the apprentice, supporting and mentoring throughout the apprenticeship, and liaising with the tutor on a regular basis. The training provider will supervise and support progress in developing the portfolio, and support the apprentice in preparation for the synoptic case study exam.
After completing their On Programme Learning, sitting a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard, apprentices will be expected to complete their End Point Assessment (EPA), consisting of:

- An online assessment, where you’ll tackle a series of business- related tasks through simulation in line with typical role activities; and
- Submission of a portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace. You must then reflect on the portfolio through a written statement or professional discussion.
Upon successful completion of this programme, apprentices will achieve the professional accounting technician apprenticeship.

In addition, apprentices could also achieve the following qualifications:
•   AAT Level 2 Foundation Award in Accounting Software
•   AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting (on successful completion of all six units).

On completion of the professional diploma in accounting, apprentices could apply for professional member status with the AAT.
Applicants will need to be employed in a relevant accounting role.

In order to join this programme, you will need five GCSEs Grade 9-4 (A*-C), which must include English language and maths, together with the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3), or an equivalent professional accounting qualification.

You will also need to have a strong, demonstrable interest in accountancy.

All apprentices will be required to apply directly to the AAT for student membership, for which there is an annual fee. This will be payable by the apprentice or the employer, and is renewable each year. Due to the professional nature of this qualification, there are strict terms and conditions of membership, in particular regarding criminal convictions. Without membership, students will not be able to complete the examinations. For further details please go to: https://www.aat.org.uk/membership/aat-student-membership
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.
You can apply by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button below. Alternatively, if you have any questions prior to making your application, please call the admissions team on 02392 383131 and selecting option 3.

Fee guidance

Apprenticeships

One of the great aspects of an apprenticeship is that no matter how old you are there are no fees for you to pay, all the fees are either covered by the Government or your Employer. Feel free to call a member of the Apprenticeship team on 023932 383131 Option 1.


General fee guidance (not including Apprenticeships)

Considerations

  • 19+ Tuition Fee indicates the cost of the core tuition and materials required to complete the qualification.
  • 19+ Registration Fee indicates the cost to register with the awarding body.

For more information, please contact the College on 02392 383 131.

Courses below Level 3

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are unemployed and in receipt of certain government benefits
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are applying for a course Level 2 or below and do not already hold a full Level 2 qualification

If you are aged 19 over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are not in the above categories then you will usually pay the advertised fee.

Courses Level 3 and above

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and do not already hold a Full level 3 qualification

Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re 19 or older, you may be able to apply for a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course. The programme must be at Level 3 or Level 4 (such as Access). You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £26,575 a year.

For more information or to apply please contact 0845 240 2024 or visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

If you’re unsure about taking out a loan and want to seek advice then you’ll have the opportunity to do so. If you want advice on managing your finances, the Money Advice Service, established by the UK government, can offer free, impartial money advice. Visit their website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Students who are not ordinarily resident in the UK should contact Highbury College to discuss unfunded fees.


Please note: The College reserves the right to change the fees before the start of the course, such a course of action will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

Terms and conditions

Confirmation

In these terms and conditions, the ‘Student’ signifies a person who has applied or enrolled on any type of learning provision offered through Highbury College. These terms apply to all website applications and once enrolled, the Student is deemed to have accepted these terms. Before you apply or enrol please be sure that you're clear about:

  • the level of study
  • the time you'll need
  • how the course fits into your qualification and career development plans
  • the resources you'll need access to
  • your payment options
  • the financial support available to you
  • the English language requirements for your study
  • whether your study plans are appropriate for your country of residence

Convictions

Relevant proceedings or ciminal convictions are only against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature or offences involving unlawfully controlled drugs or substances.  Failure to declare information may result in disclipinary action being taken. If yes, please seek supplementary information from the college before completing.

Payment

You may not be required to pay fees, be eligible for a loan or have financial assistance. For more information please contact our Information Services team on 02392 383131 or click here.

Equality and Diversity

At Highbury College we are committed to fairness and equality of access, opportunity and outcome for all students.

We expect everyone who learns and works with us to treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of individual differences in age, gender, gender identity, race, background, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

We aim to provide students with the best possible support. We explain more about the range of our services in our Disability Statement, available on our website and in our centres.

Disclosure of Disability

We want you to enjoy learning with us. If there is anything you wish to tell us, e.g. relating to a disability or medical condition, that may affect your learning or using any of our facilities, please contact the Head of Student Services on 02392 32 8950

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Some of our courses require students to satisfy certain criteria before they enrol. Students should ensure they read all the information on the website about their specific course before enrolling. By enrolling via the Highbury College website, students are confirming they have read these details and meet any enrolment requirements specified on the Course Outline. If you have any concerns or queries about the content of the course or the requirements, please contact the Advice and Guidance Team on 02392 38 3131 Option4.

Course Fees

Current prices are published in our brochure and on the website. These prices are subject to change. The total price quoted is the amount payable in order to secure a course place. The total price includes tuition costs, examination fees, where applicable and in some cases, additional costs which relate to the particular course.

Course Cancellations by Highbury College

Courses usually run as advertised, but Highbury College reserves the right to alter or cancel courses in some cases. Students will be contacted and offered an alternative course if the original course they enrolled on is cancelled or closed by Highbury College. If no suitable alternative is available a refund can be requested.

Cancellation / Transfer Requests from Students

If a Student has enrolled via the Highbury website and wishes to cancel an enrolment or transfer to a different course they should contact Highbury College by emailing: info@highbury.ac.uk or by contacting the Advice and Guidance Team on 02392 38 3131 Option4.

Students will not be entitled to a refund unless the withdrawal from the course is due to exceptional circumstances (evidence maybe required) and then refunds will only be permitted if the withdrawal is within the first third of the course duration. A minimum charge of £50.00 will apply in any event.

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Details

  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

      Please contact us for further information


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