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Apprenticeship - Accounting Level 3

Programme Description

The AAT apprenticeship is a level 3 framework is for individuals who are pursuing a career in accountancy.

An Apprenticeship is a work based learning programme at Level 3 where the learner is 'earning while learning'. The programme is ideally suited to employees who have some element of responsibility within their job role. The Apprentice will be employed and receive at least the national minimum Apprenticeship wage (this could be more at the employer's discretion). The Apprentice will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework within the agreed timescale.


At a Glance

  Part Time

  It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete the Apprenticeship framework dependent on ability and prior experience.

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. Students will learn and master financial processes including accounting principles and concepts, advanced bookkeeping and final accounts. They will also understand business issues regarding value added tax (VAT), management accounting costing techniques and ethical practices for accountants.

This qualification further delivers software skills through spreadsheet training for accounting. The AAT will require all students to register with the Professional Body. Restrictions to membership may apply. More information is available at www.aat.org.uk.

Progression & Employment

Skills developed through this qualification can lead to employment as:

  • an accounts assistant
  • an accounts payable and expenses supervisor
  • an accounts payable clerk
  • an assistant accountant
  • an audit trainee
  • a credit controller
  • a finance assistant
  • a finance officer
  • a payroll supervisor
  • a professional bookkeeper
  • a senior bookkeeper
  • a tax assistant

Completion of this qualification provides students with an opportunity to be registered as a qualified bookkeeper, or progress on to Professional level and become a full member of AAT upon achieving the associated membership criteria. It also provides the foundation skills required to support the establishment of a healthy business.

Programme Content

Learners following this Apprenticeship will have to achieve a framework of qualifications which will include:

  • AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Essential Skills Application of Number Level 2
  • Essential Skills Communication Level 2
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities

The course covers a range of complex accounting tasks, including maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. It comprises six mandatory units:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

Method of Assessment

The assessments are computer based with a time restriction. Each contains a range of question types and formats, for example multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal. Some assessments will require written answers, particularly the synoptic assessment.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that Level 3 Apprentices, who have not achieved a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Accounting will require GCE A level qualifications or higher, or relevant experience plus GCSE Maths grades A*- C or Key Skill Application of Number at Level 2, or equivalent, good communication skills with vocational experience (research has indicated that people without this experience are likely to experience difficulties in completing the framework if they enter the Apprenticeship at Level 3. 

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.


Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.