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Course overview

The topics you will cover whilst training include:

Accountancy Apprentices who come to Newcastle under-Lyme College will study the professional accountancy qualification AAT Level 4

Topics will include:
Management Accounting: Budgeting
Management Accounting: Decision and Control
Financial Statements of Limited Companies
Accounting Systems and Controls
Plus optional units from the following: Business tax, Personal tax, External auditing, Cash and Treasury Management and Credit Management


Typical job roles include:

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and / or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation. This will be performed in order to meet relevant ethical, professional and legal standards, and will utilise the individual’s knowledge of the business systems and processes, as well as standard accounting and tax practices. This role may exist in an accounting practice, a professional services company, HMRC or the accounting function of a business or other organisation.

Examples of roles as a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician include, but are not limited to, Assistant Auditor, Assistant Management Accountant, Assistant Financial Accountant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Commercial Analyst, Payroll Manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer, Tax Investigations Officer, Personal Tax Assistant and Business Tax Assistant.

What else do I need to know?

On an apprenticeship programme you usually will work for a minimum of 30 hours a week for the employer and then have one day a week at college or designated time in the workplace.
Some job roles will require a DBS before starting, you will be advised at interview stage if this is required.

Whilst you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary, this includes all off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

High working standards, communication and problem solving skills, plus the ability to work in a team, along with a keen interest in accounting are ideal qualities for candidates.

To progress on to this higher apprenticeship you will already hold the level 3 AAT or a suitable accounting qualification.

Candidates need a minimum of four GCSEs grade A-C or grade 4 and above in math’s, English. If you do not have a suitable math’s and English qualification, you will complete initial assessments to identify if you can achieve Functional Skills at level 2.

How is it assessed?

The main part of your qualification will be passing the AAT level 4 exams.

We have included the AAT level 4 qualification as part of this apprenticeship which will require you to attend weekly college classes and pass end of unit exams.

To achieve your apprenticeship you will also need to achieve a minimum of a pass in the end point assessment.

Where the apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 English and Math’s, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.
The End Point Assessment includes:
• Synoptic end test
• Reflective discussion
• A portfolio of evidence

What financial support is on offer?

While you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training

What can I do next?

If you successfully achieve all parts of the apprenticeship, your assessor will discuss your next steps to take. Dependent on your roles and responsibilities, this may be the next level of the subject you have been studying already or a different pathway.

How do I find out more?

Telephone: 01782 254287 (Newcastle office) or 01785 275660 (Stafford office)
Email: apprenticeships@nscg.ac.uk

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