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What's Involved

This is an apprenticeship, designed as an entry level role into the Accountancy Profession and can lead into a variety of careers with supporting professional qualifications. The role is applicable to a wide range of employers across the sector in both large and small firms and in industry, practice and public sector.

An assistant accountant provides support to internal and external customers, and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant or within the finance function of an organisation. Part of your 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, you may find yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

The duration is generally 18months and you will complete within 24months. You will be required to attend college 1 day a week.

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grade A*- C including: • GCSE Maths Grade C or Functional Skill in Maths Level 2 • GCSE English Language Grade C or Functional Skill in English Level 2 Already completed an AAT foundation qualification or those who are at a more intermediate level and looking to develop their skills in accounting. One year’s work experience within an accounts or finance setting (desirable)

Working in a job role such as Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk, or Sales Ledger Clerk for a minimum of 30hours per week.

Where will it take me?

There is the option to study the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification. For those that have not achieved the AAT foundation qualification, there is the option to also study the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping and to then progress onto the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you will gain a recognised qualification as an Assistant Accountant.

As well as ensuring full competency as an Assistant Accountant, this standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector including Audit Trainee, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller or Tax Accountant.

At the end of your apprenticeship, the college will work with you and your employer to help you go on to the next level of training or gain full-time employment, either with your current employer or another employer the college has access to. The skills, knowledge and qualification you will gain from your apprenticeship means that Havering College can help you get to the level employers are looking for.

Course Assessment Method

The End Point Assessment (EPA) has two components – both will need to be passed in order to be awarded the apprenticeship.

  1. A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard
  2. A portfolio and 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 and the learner’s journey in more detail.

Where and When

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
B501STN-18 Part Time 10/09/2018 N/A £0 On Request N/A
B501STN-19 Part Time 09/09/2019 N/A £0 On Request N/A

Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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