Course overview

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University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

Quick Facts

  • 15-18 months (20% of your time must be spent studying off the job)
  • Attend college one day per week during term times (Tuesdays)
  • Next start date: Tuesday 10 September 2019
  • Monthly payment options
  • Non-apprenticeship option available

Learn a range of more complex accounting skills…

This AAT apprenticeship is ideal for those who may have been working in finance for some time but are looking to further develop their accounting skills. As an Assistant Accountant, you will assist with the day to day financial activities such data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. You may also help with the completion of VAT returns or assist in the preparation of tax computations.

As an assistant accounting apprentice, you will be employed in a finance role gaining vital practical skills and experience, and earning a wage alongside studying your formal AAT apprenticeship qualification.

You will attend college for one day per week during term time. Outside of the classroom you will be learning on-the-job gaining valuable accounting and employment skills in a real life setting.

Benefits to employers

  • Grow your business: Affordable way to expand and develop your business
  • Cost effective: Provide valuable opportunities whilst minimising recruitment and training costs
  • Enhanced reputation: Provide customer reassurance by investing in trained staff
  • Increased productivity: Maximise staff efficiency though the development of knowledge and skills

CAW Business School has a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. Your apprentice will benefit from:

  • Tuition, support and assessment provided in college, online and via email and telephone contact
  • Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources


Course content

University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

You will gain the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours to develop your finance skills and enhance your professional status and employability.


You will gain the knowledge needed to do your job to the best of your ability looking at both accounting skills and business awareness:

  • Ethical standards
  • IT systems and processes
  • Business awareness
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Management accounting


You will develop transferable skills to allow you to confidently apply the knowledge you will be learning, covering:

  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Production of quality and accurate information
  • User systems and processes
  • Problem solving


You will learn how to take ownership of your attitude and behaviours to take responsibility for your personal and professional success, looking at:

  • Embracing change
  • Adding value
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Personal accountability
  • Productivity
  • Team working and collaboration

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

During the course of your apprenticeship you will work towards the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and undertake computer-based exams or projects leading up to your End Point Assessment. As an AAT accredited exam centre you will be able to take these exams at college without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

End Point Assessment

Synoptic end-test
You will undertake an independently assessed computer-based end-test to assess the knowledge and skills gained throughout your apprenticeship.

During your apprenticeship you will complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learned knowledge, skills and behaviours. Evidence will be gathered in your place of work and could include items such as emails, letters, presentations and appraisal information.

Reflective Discussion

You will undertake a reflective discussion with an independent assessor under exam conditions, usually at your place of work.

Functional Skills

You will undertake Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths unless exempt. These are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.

Entry requirements

University or Apprenticeship? 10 reasons why you should consider an AAT Apprenticeship!

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including Maths and English or have achieved the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping or Accounting qualification. Other relevant qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

You will need to be living and working in England in a suitable finance role, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. To complete this apprenticeship within 15-18 months you will need to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week, if you are working less than 30 hours a week the length of your apprenticeship will be extended depending on your working hours.

If you have a level 3 (or above) qualification in a similar subject you may not be able to undertake this apprenticeship, in which case you may wish to undertake the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting as a standalone qualification.

Course fees

Apprenticeship fees are payable by the employer. Prior to commencing the course an invoice will be issued for the total course fee.

Course Fees

The way apprenticeships are funded, and paid for, has now changed. Employers should take note of the fees that are applicable to their organisation. As an employer you will either be an Apprenticeship Levy Payer (employers with over a £3 million pay bill) or Non-Levy Payer (employers with less than a £3 million pay bill).

Employ an apprentice aged 16-18 and save over £1,000!

If you take on an apprentice under 19 years of age, you will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government towards the training fees! In addition, if your organisation has less than 50 contracted employees the course fees will be fully funded!

Course fees for Apprenticeship Levy Payers

Digital account payment – £8,000

Course fees for Non-Levy Payers

Course fees for Non-Levy Payers are paid via co-investment with the government, meaning that the government provide 95% of funding towards course fees.

Fee as of 1 April 2019 – £400 payable in one payment

All fees are fully inclusive of applicable awarding organisation and End Point Assessment (EPA) fees. However, if a student needs to re-sit an exam, re-sit fees will be payable.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What next?

On completion of the AAT Level 3 Accounting Apprenticeship, many learners choose to continue their journey towards becoming an AAT qualified Accounting Technician by undertaking the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting programme.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with CAW Business School, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect


What our AAT students say…

We asked our students what aspects of their AAT course they have most enjoyed. Here are some of the things they had to say!

“Learning new skills, socialising with people within a similar field of work and with similar goals”
“I have really enjoyed the classes and follow up activities for homework. The resources are very good”
“Manageable sections. Broken down so not overloaded with information”
“Good tutor making a hard subject easy to understand with good examples”