Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: 240YASA4

During this 16 month programme, you will gain knowledge and develop skills in management and financial accounting, and the preparation of reports and returns. Apprentices will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, and preparation of statutory financial statements.

As an apprentice, you will study three units which are assessed individually in end of unit assessments, and then a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification:
•    Financial Statements of Limited Companies – end of unit assessment
•    Management Accounting: Budgeting – end of unit assessment
•    Management Accounting: Decisions and Controls – end of unit assessment
•    Accounting Systems and Controls – assessed within the synoptic assessment.

As part of this programme we have included FREE two AAT Level 4 optional units: Personal Tax and Business Tax, to provide apprentices with a basic introduction to the UK taxation system. These units are assessed individually in end of unit assessments and will be taught after the main on-programme learning has been completed.

Details

Details

  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

      Please contact us for further information


Apprentices will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

Examples of roles as a professional accounting or tax technician include, but are not limited to, assistant auditor, assistant management accountant, assistant financial accountant, accounts payable and expenses supervisor, commercial analyst, payroll manager, senior bookkeeper, senior financial officer, tax investigations officer, personal tax assistant and business tax assistant.

Apprentices must have access to real work which is valid and productive, providing opportunities to develop, practice and evidence knowledge and skills that have been learned. The employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentices working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities, such as online learning, mentoring, role play, attendance to competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework.
Weekly attendance at Highbury College Campus during term-time. Additional attendance at college may be required during half-terms/holidays for workshops and revision sessions.

Classes will take place Wednesday during the day OR Wednesday evenings.

Your assessor will liaise with you to set up mutually convenient times for consultation and assessment visits at your place of work. Attendance at College may be required to complete Functional Skills (if needed) and some parts of the knowledge units.

It is a government requirement for you to spend 20% of your apprenticeship working towards yours off the-job-learning — off-the-job learning can consist of college attendance, homework/coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring and coaching – plus a number of other tasks (more info can be shared). If you attend the evening class then you employer will have to give you that time back off your working ours.
Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship at a Pass or Distinction grade.
•    a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage
•    apprentices will also be required to complete a role simulation that will synoptically assess the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours
•    a portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the work-place to show that the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard.
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.
In order to join this programme, you will need maths & English GCSE 9-4 (A*-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 and provide certificates, together with the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3), or an equivalent professional accounting qualification.

The potential apprentice will have to complete a maths & English assessment to judge suitability. The potential apprentice will not be able to achieve their apprenticeship without completing the above maths & English qualification.

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
Apprentices can work towards chartered accountancy and/or relevant undergraduate degree.
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 £27,295 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


Qualification gained

  • Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship