Chelmsford College

Apprenticeship | Assistant Accountant Level 3

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An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominantly either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively with the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. They may also find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

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Expectations: An Assistant Accountant will be expected to:

  • Embrace change

  • Add value

  • Hold ethics and integrity

  • Personal accountability

  • Work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines

  • Support colleagues and collaborates to achieve results

Study Overview

Knowledge and Skills: An Assistant Account will need to have a strong business awareness as well as sound knowledge about IT systems and processes relevant to their job role. They must also understand the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisations integrity. They will need to understand the basic elements of financial accounting and reporting, as well as understand how to recognise and use different accounting approaches. The apprentice should possess skills in analysis, communication, problem solving and be able to produce quality and accurate information as well as use systems and processes.

Depending on a student’s starting point, there will be various options available.
1. Study the Foundation (Level 2) AAT Accounting qualification in the first year and then progress on to study the Advanced (Level 3) AAT Accounting qualification in the second year. This option will therefore take two academic years to complete.
2. Study the Foundation (Level 2 ) AAT Bookkeeping qualification for the first half year and then progress on to study the Advanced (Level 3) AAT Accounting qualification after just a few months. This option will take approximately 15-18 months to complete and is therefore a fast track option.
3. If you already have a Level 2 qualification in accounting or have significant accounting experience, it may be possible to commence with study of the Advanced (Level 3) AAT Accounting qualification which would be completed in 12 months.


Progression and Employment Opportunities

Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Level 4 apprenticeship or exit into the workplace as a fully qualified bookkeeper able to perform an assistant accountancy role.


Course Details

Attendance: AP

Duration: 15-24 months typically


The AAT component of the apprenticeship is delivered using day release, where you would attend college for one day each week

Level: Advanced (Level Three)

Start Date: The AAT component of the apprenticeship can commence in either September 21 or January 22 but start dates for the apprenticeship can vary according to your individual needs

Entry Requirements:

Likely to include 5 GCSEs including maths and English grades 9-4, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.


Method of Assessment

You will be assessed on your portfolio and through an end point assessment as follows.

Apprentices will be expected to complete a synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage. This will last 3 hours and is worth 40%. They will also need to create a portfolio and have a reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace 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 in more detail. The portfolio and discussion are worth 60%.


Fees payable annually unless stated

Course Fees

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Additional Fees

A full range of course text books will be required to be purchased; details will be given at enrolment. Other than that, only writing materials and a calculator are required.


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