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Professional Accounting (AAT) Apprenticeship

Level: 4
Duration: 18-24 months. One day per week

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting Apprenticeship 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. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

Entry requirements:

Assistant Account (AAT) Apprenticeship Level 3

OR for those who have experience working in finance and who have a need and desire to attain formal recognition of their skills.

Where will I study:

Training 2000 Blackburn and Preston


The purpose of the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and skills required for progressing either to employment in an accounting or finance role, or to enable progression to further study in accountancy and finance.

You can also achieve your Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting*.

The Level 4 course comprises of the following mandatory units:

  • Applied management accounting
  • Drafting and interpreting financial statements
  • Internal accounting systems and controls
  • Optional units: choose 2
  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Audit and assurance
  • Cash and financial management
  • Credit and debt management

*exam fees for commercial bookings and re-sits


This occupation covers the professional accounting qualification. A competent Professional Accountant on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard, will meet the following requirements:


  • Technical knowledge – Accounting
  • Business awareness
  • Ethical standards
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Systems and processes


  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Planning and prioritisation
  • Produces quality and accurate information
  • Team working and collaboration
  • Uses systems and processes


  • Adaptability
  • Adding value
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Proactivity
  • Professional scepticism
Job example

Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Financial Officer, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant

Useful information

The Professional Accounting standard allows student registration with a number of UK Professional Bodies in this sector. This may lead to the candidate receiving credits towards the completion of the Professional Accountant Apprenticeship or Chartered Accountancy qualifications provided by the relevant Professional Bodies. Completion of the Professional Accounting Apprenticeship may also result in credits being awarded towards relevant undergraduate degree programmes.

Date last updated:06 September 2021

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