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Level 3 Apprenticeship

Assistant Accountant

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an Assistant Accountant within practice or alternatively within 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. In addition the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Apprenticeship information

  • Entry requirements

    • A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including maths and English are required. Information Technology is desirable.
    • OR a Level 2 AAT qualification. If you haven’t got your Level 2 we will include basic book keeping at the start of your Level 3.
  • Where will I study?

    Training 2000 Blackburn

  • Duration

    16 months - one day per week

AAT approved logo
Structured delivery programme
that includes one day in the classroom per week at our Blackburn/ Preston site comprising of knowledge and tutorial sessions
Assessor visits and reviews in your workplace
Access to learning on e-portfolio
Xero or Sage
certified training course that you'll have the opportunity to complete as part of your Apprenticeship

What you'll learn


It comprises of a Level 3 Standard which will be completed in a 16 month period. 

You can also achieve your Level 3 AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting*. The purpose of the AAT Advanced 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.

Level 3 Assistant Accountant units:

  • Business awareness
  • Financial accounting preparing financial statements
  • Management accounting techniques
  • Tax processes for business

A competent Assistant Accountant on completion of the Apprenticeship Standard will meet the following requirements:

  • Business awareness
  • IT systems and processes
  • Ethical standards
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Management accounting

*exam fees for commercial bookings and re-sits will be charged extra

Next steps

On completion of this course you may want to consider the following options to further your career.

Where can you progress to?

Frequently asked questions

Association of Accounting Technicians and is a highly recognised professional accounting qualification.

AAT is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications. Their qualifications are practical, internationally recognised and can open doors in any industry across the world.

AAT is open to everyone – you don’t need previous qualifications or experience, and you can work at a pace that fits in with your lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for your first job in accountancy, want to change careers, or simply want to enhance your existing accounting skills, AAT will give you the training you need.

AAT offers a range of benefits for students, including study support, topical news and updates, and exclusive discounts. AAT also offers an excellent route into chartered accountancy. If you choose to further your studies with one of the leading chartered professional bodies, such as ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA, your AAT qualification will give you generous exemptions. Your AAT qualification could also give you the opportunity to run your own accounting or bookkeeping practice

The AAT qualification is equal to a Level 4. This is similar to an access course in the first year of university.

The salary ranges from £20,000 for a Level 2 apprentice up to £37,000 when you are fully qualified. Some accounting technicians open up their own accounting practices and work for themselves. The earning potential is then unlimited, the more clients you engage the more you make.

You will have a dedicated Career Development Advisor, our Functional Skills tutors and Learner Support Officers. You will also be supported by your Manager/ mentor at your workplace.

We offer classes at our Blackburn site or at Preston (UCLan).

Yes, approximately every 12 weeks you will have an AAT exam.