Assistant Accountant

Key Information

Level 3
Typical Duration 15 – 18 Months (not including end point assessment)
Delivery Model One-to-one support and weekly classes (throughout the academic year)
Delivery Location Workplace and FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU
Start Date September 2020/January 2021

Programme Summary

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, 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.

What will you learn?

You will gain knowledge, skills and behaviours during the apprenticeship, including:

  • Understanding transactional processes
  • Understanding and using IT systems and processes
  • Understanding the relevant ethical standards
  • Understanding the basics of financial accounting and reporting
  • Understanding how to recognise and use different accounting approaches.
  • Learning the skills of communication, analysis, how to produce quality and accurate information, how to use systems and processes and problem solving
  • Learning how to embrace change, how to engage with stakeholders, ethics and integrity
  • Personal accountability, productivity and team work and collaboration

How is it delivered and assessed?

It typically takes 15 – 18 months to complete the apprenticeship, but this will vary depending on your experience and working pattern.

You will attend classes at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU once a week. You will be allocated a Trainer Assessor who will support you throughout the apprenticeship, with regular monthly sessions. This is flexible to apprentice requirements, however, contact is available and encouraged outside of this time, so each apprentice receives the help they need. Trainer Assessors make good use of digital platforms to support this.

Practical Period

  • New knowledge, skills and behaviours are delivered and assessed by your college tutor and Trainer Assessor, with the support of your employer
  • You will achieve an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Advanced Diploma in Accountancy
  • 20% off the job training is a mandatory requirement of all apprenticeship standards
  • You will complete a Level 2 in maths and English, if applicable


The gateway is the opportunity for the provider and employer to agree whether the apprentice is ready  to take their End Point Assessment (EPA).

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment is synoptic, and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development. The requirement is that the end point assessment is completed within three months from the start of the end point assessment period. The end point assessment is made up of the following components:

  • A synoptic test
  • A portfolio and reflective discussion

Entry Requirements

Your organisation will have their own entry requirements, and this will be identified by completing both a job and skills analysis. This is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications or experience.

All apprentices must achieve a Level 2 in maths and English, before the end point assessment, or provide a certificate of prior achievement which is equivalent.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.