Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: 240YASA3

This qualification covers a range of complex accounting tasks. Apprentices will learn and master financial processes, including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts, VAT issues in business, management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants. They will also gain software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting.

This 18-month apprenticeship standard is at Level 3. The structure allows students to achieve the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Advanced Diploma in Accounting as their on-programme learning. This internationally recognised AAT qualification enables those working in accounting or those looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

The Level 3 apprenticeship covers a range of key areas, including:
- Advanced bookkeeping
- Final accounts preparation
- Management accounting: costing
- Indirect tax
- Ethics for accountants
- Spreadsheets for accounting

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

Details

Details

  • Venue Highbury Campus

  • Start Date 07/09/2020

  • 16-18 Tuition Fee i x 16-18 Tuition Fee See Costs and Payment for Details FREE

    19+ Tuition Fee i x 19+ Tuition Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £400
    or FREE

    19+ Registration Fee i x 19+ Registration Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £184

  • Start Date 07/09/2021

  • 16-18 Tuition Fee i x 16-18 Tuition Fee See Costs and Payment for Details FREE

    19+ Tuition Fee i x 19+ Tuition Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £400
    or FREE

    19+ Registration Fee i x 19+ Registration Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £184


The Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship is at level 3 - equivalent to A-levels - and will equip apprentices with skills and knowledge that can be directly applied in their roles.

This apprenticeship will prepare apprentices for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. Learners will then move on to mastering more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Typical job roles include:
•    assistant accountant
•    trainee accounting technician
•    accounts clerk
•    cashier
•    finance assistant
•    purchase ledger clerk
•    sales ledger clerk.
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, in class for six hours as part of one full day and will study online materials during allotted time at work. Additional attendance at college may be required during half terms/holidays for workshops and revision sessions.

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.

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

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.
To complete the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete:

- A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard.

- 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. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail.
Upon successful completion of this programme, apprentices will achieve the assistant accountant apprenticeship.

In addition, apprentices could also achieve the following qualifications:
•   AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping
•   AAT Level 2 Foundation Award in Accounting Software
•   AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

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

5 GCSE’s with Maths and English at Grade C/ Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths.

Good keyboarding skills are essential as well as a good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential.
You can progress on to the Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship - AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting at Level 4.

Upon successful completion of the Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and become a professional AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB).

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this apprenticeship will qualify you for roles including Finance Officer, Assistant Accountant and Bookkeeper. You will also be eligible for AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status, giving you the option to work as a freelance bookkeeper.
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

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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.

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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.

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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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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

  • Venue Highbury Campus

  • Start Date 07/09/2020

  • 16-18 Tuition Fee i x 16-18 Tuition Fee See Costs and Payment for Details FREE

    19+ Tuition Fee i x 19+ Tuition Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £400
    or FREE

    19+ Registration Fee i x 19+ Registration Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £184

  • Start Date 07/09/2021

  • 16-18 Tuition Fee i x 16-18 Tuition Fee See Costs and Payment for Details FREE

    19+ Tuition Fee i x 19+ Tuition Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £400
    or FREE

    19+ Registration Fee i x 19+ Registration Fee Fees may change. See Costs and Payment for details. £184


Qualification gained

  • Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 2