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Professional Accountant - Apprenticeship (Standard)

Level 4
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, verifying and reviewing accurate and timely financial information. Either within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

A Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will understand the industries and environments in which an organisation operates; including customer and supplier needs in order to create, validate and/or report financial information.


The Higher Apprenticeship covers high level accounting, finance topics and tasks. As this occupation covers two areas of specialism, accounting and tax, the apprentice will cover the core requirements common to both areas and one of the two technical knowledge option requirements.

A wide range of financial management skills and applications will be studied and the apprentice will develop competencies in drafting financial statements for limited companies; recommending accounting systems strategy as well as constructing and presenting complex management accounting reports.

They will study specialist areas such as tax, auditing, credit management, cash and treasury management. As well as completing the following diplomas within the apprenticeship, both of which are awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT):

- Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills
- Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting

The employer will be required to permit the apprentice 20% of their employed time doing 'off-the-job training' as set out by the government - this covers elements such as practical training; shadowing, mentoring, industry visits, attendance at competitions etc.
The assessment plan includes two distinct elements: an on-programme assessment and an end-point assessment.

The on-programme assessment will evaluate the apprentice¿s development of industry knowledge, skills and behaviours throughout the apprenticeship. Once the apprentice is competent in these areas they will go on to complete the end point assessment.

The end-point assessment will require two components;
1. A portfolio of evidence; to demonstrate the practical experience the apprentice has gained at the workplace.
2. A role simulation whereby the apprentice will tackle a series of business-related tasks that reflect activities undertaken in a typical role at this level of competence.
The apprentice must be employed in the relevant industry and learners should have prior attainment of an AAT level 3 qualification.
The Professional Accounting/Tax Technician standard allows student registration with a number of UK Professional Bodies in this sector. If a candidate seeks to become a member of a Professional Body there may be other requirements specific to the relevant Professional Body, which may be taken as part of, or alongside, the Apprenticeship at the employer's and candidate's discretion.

Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship may lead to the candidate receiving credits towards the completion of the Professional Accountant/Tax Apprenticeship or Chartered Accountancy/Taxation qualifications provided by the relevant Professional Bodies. Completion of the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Apprenticeship may also result in credits being awarded towards relevant undergraduate degree programmes.
As this qualification is delivered in the workplace a personal tutor will require access to the apprentice for assessments and a quiet area that can be used for theory sessions.

The apprentice will have full access to the college facilities.
Any requirements for the first session will be discussed with either a member of the enrolment team or the tutor, at the initial point of contact.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.