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AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Level 3


Benefits to you:

This accountancy apprenticeship is great for those wanting to gain on the job experience alongside their studies.

During this course, you will learn more complex accountancy processes e.g. final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics. Upon successful completion, you could progress to the AAT Level 4 Diploma. You will also learn bookkeeping skills e.g. double entry bookkeeping, purchase, sales and general ledgers. 

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.


Benefits to your business:

“AAT training gives the people at the heart of your business the practical skills to manage finances, budgets and cash flow more effectively, and to keep your organisation on a secure financial footing. By working towards AAT qualifications, your staff commit to continuing their long-term professional development. So you can be sure their knowledge and skills are up to date, giving your company a competitive edge.” - AAT


During your apprenticeship, you will cover - 

  • Advanced Bookkeeping- consolidates and introduces new areas such as accounting for non-current assets and using the extended trial balance. You will deal with adjustments for closing inventory, accrued and prepaid expenses and income, and how these are incorporated into an extended trial balance. Provisions for depreciation on non-current assets, irrecoverable debts and allowances for doubtful debts are also to be calculated and accounted for.
  • Final Accounts Preparation- This unit is concerned with preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, incorporating elements of dealing with incomplete records, and an appropriate understanding of the principles that underpin the preparation of final accounts.
  • Management Accounting: Costing- You will develop an understanding of how costs are handled in organisations, and why different organisations treat costs in different ways. You should be able to recognise different approaches to cost accounting and make informed and reasoned judgements to guide management.

Other areas include:

  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to the AAT for review and undertake a professional discussion.  This portfolio is broken down into Skills and Behaviours and covers:


  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Produces quality and accurate information
  • Uses systems & Processes
  • Problem solving


  • Embracing Change
  • Adding Value
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Personal accountability
  • Productivity 

Upon successful completion, you can progress onto the AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship offered by Cornwall College and become a fully qualified Association of Accounting Technician.