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  • Mode of study:


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  • Duration:

    18 Months

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Course Overview

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominantly either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively 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 as an Assistant Accountant 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 subjects covered include:

  • Understand how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, using a computerised accounting system.
  • Understand the basic elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards
  • Understand the current financial standards for basic accounts preparation
  • Understand the basic tax principles to apply current regulations to calculate VAT and submit a VAT return.


The delivery of this course includes one day per week at Croydon College.

Course Highlights

This Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship will give you the chance to learn new skills and gain a top level qualification, while continuing to earn a living.

Just a few of the course highlights include:

  • Spending one day a week in College, with the option of a flexible delivery on request.
  • Learning from Staff who have worked and has a vast experience within the industry and offer a wide range of knowledge, experience and skills.
  • The chance to boost your CV and win a tablet, by entering the College’s popular competition – Apprentice of the Month! Tutors nominate apprentices who meet the nomination criteria, which include improved overall achievement and high grades.
  • Receiving an AAT qualification – which is widely recognised both nationally and internationally – on successful completion of the course.
  • The opportunity to show potential employers that you have excellent training and work experience behind you.
  • Careers support in terms of information, advice and guidance during and after the programme, from our dedicated apprenticeship team.
  • Great earning potential – research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their career than other employees (NAS, 2013).
  • Strong work skills – a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills survey showed that qualified apprentices score 4% higher on employability than university graduates (ICM Survey, 2013).



  • Business Awareness
  • IT Systems and Processes
  • Ethical Standards
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting


  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Produces Quality and Accurate Information
  • Uses Systems and Processes
  • Problem Solving


  • Embracing Change
  • Adding Value
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Personal Accountability
  • Productivity
  • Team working and Collaboration

Career Opportunities & Further Study

This programme can lead to careers as an Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Finance Assistant. Former students are working in these or similar roles in organisations including large and small to medium size organisations.

Some previous apprentices on this programme have gone on to combine full-time work with a higher level Apprenticeship Programme (CIMA, Operations/Departmental Manager etc.).


Ongoing rigorous assessment which will include practical computer based assessments and are a great way for monitoring your progress and readiness for the apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA).

The EPA will consist of two parts:

  • A synoptic end-test giving the apprentice the opportunity to tackle a series of business-related tasks through a simulation.
  • A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard, gathered from the apprentice’s practical experience in the workplace, combined with a reflective discussion: a structured interview to examine the portfolio evidence and the learner journey in more detail. The reflective discussion will be conducted by an Independent Assessor (IA) appointed by AAT.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs, including Maths and English. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship you can apply on our website by clicking here via the Apprenticeship Vacancies page.

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