Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

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.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over.
    • Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English although some employers will accept
      other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
  • Duration

    Typically 15 to 18 months

  • Typical Job Titles

    Assistant Accountant / Trainee Accounting Technician / Accounts Clerk / Cashier /Finance Assistant / Purchase Ledger Clerk / Sales Ledger Clerk

  • Level


  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Hayes/ Harrow campus.

  • Employers Involved in Creating this Standard

    CMI, Acivico, Agillisys, Anglo Educational, Balfour Beatty, Barchester Healthcare, Barclays Bank, Boots UK Ltd, BBC, Civil Service, Codegent, Co-op, Evolution Partnership, HMRC, Kinnerton Confectionery, NISA Retail Limited, One Stop, Opus Building Services, Sainsburys, Santander, UK plc, Serco, umi Digital / Anglo Educational, Virgin Media, ILM, TUI, Markerstudy, Babcock, Gateshead Council and Lifetime.

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Course content

Key Responsibilities

Part of the 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.

English and math

Apprentices without English or math at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.


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.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training that includes:

  1. Knowledge modules learning the fundamental knowledge, through a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops
  2. Level 2 English & math
  3. A work-based portfolio to demonstrate the skills you have learnt at work related projects and
  4. An end-point assessment.

The modules included in this programme are:

KnowledgeWhat is required?
Business AwarenessUnderstands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation.
IT Systems and ProcessesUnderstands how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, correct errors and produce a range of reports using a computerised accounting system.
Ethical StandardsUnderstands the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisations professional reputation and integrity.
Financial Accounting and ReportingUnderstands the basic elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards required to process financial documents and report financial information to users of accounts.
Management AccountingUnderstands how to recognise and use different accounting approaches and can gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control.
SkillsWhat is required?
AnalysisEffectively records and analyses financial data at the appropriate level using the organisation’s standard tools and processes.
CommunicationWorks both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards; competently demonstrates an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with internal and external customers.
Produces Quality and Accurate InformationConsistently delivers high quality, ‘right first time’ financial and performance data in a timely fashion in line with the organisation’s requirements, to aid decision making and planning.
Uses Systems and ProcessesDemonstrates the ability to identify the appropriate systems and processes to work productively to complete required tasks.
Problem SolvingApplies techniques to both common and non-routine problems, analysing where required and selecting the appropriate tools and techniques to produce solutions.
BehaviourWhat is required?
Embracing ChangeAccepts changing priorities and working requirements readily and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment.
Adding ValueIdentifies opportunities to actively engage in the wider business when appropriate.
Ethics and IntegrityApplies a transparent and objective manner in all actions and interactions to ensure that they meet the ethical requirements of the profession.
Personal AccountabilityTakes the initiative for own personal development. Proactively takes responsibility for completing tasks and meeting expectations.
ProductivityOrganises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines.
Team working and CollaborationConsistently supports colleagues & collaborates to achieve results. Aware of their role within the team & their impact on others.