Overview

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification is at Level 3 - equivalent to A Levels and the current entry level for accounting apprenticeships. The structure allows students to achieve the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation Certificate and 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 duration of the apprenticeship will be 18 months.

Course description

This qualification 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.

We have partnered with Mindful Education (www.mindful-education.co.uk) to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop - meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimizing disruption in the workplace.

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.

This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

What areas will I study?

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.

Key areas include:

  • Advanced bookkeeping
  • Final accounts preparation
  • Management accounting: costing
  • Indirect tax
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Spreadsheets for accounting

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.

Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 - 18 Month(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 - 18 Month(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 £0 18 Month(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ Throughout the Academic Year | 2020/21 £0 18 Month(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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