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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

Due to high demand, we regret to inform you that we are no longer taking applications for our Accountancy Apprenticeships as all available places have been filled. We will re-open applications in December 2023. 

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?

AAT tp of the year 2020

AAT training provider awards 2020

"This award is recognition of the high level of professionalism and the extraordinary efforts that our AAT team apply to ensure that our learners have a great experience and are successful in their chosen pathway"

- Chris Stott CEO

Find out more about AAT

Frequently asked questions

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

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.

At the moment all our classes are online, but normally we offer classes at our Blackburn site or at Preston (UCLan).

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