Course overview

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

Quick Facts

  • 18 -24 months (20% of your time must be spent studying off the job)
  • Attend college one day per week during term times (Mondays)
  • Next start date: Monday 9 September 2019
  • Monthly payment options
  • Non-apprenticeship option available

Become an AAT qualified accounting technician!

This AAT apprenticeship, incorporating the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting, is ideal for those who have already completed the Assistant Accountant (Level 3 Apprenticeship) or AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification. You will gain the core knowledge, behaviour and skills to excel in your role and have the opportunity to take one of two technical knowledge options; Accounting or Tax, depending on your job role and interests.

The AAT qualification is respected by employers around the world, providing you with excellent career prospects. Once you complete this qualification you will be a fully qualified accounting technician and enjoy elevated professional status, increasing your career and salary prospects.

As an 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 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:

  • Accounting and Tax
  • Business awareness
  • Ethical standards
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Systems and processes


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

  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Planning and prioritisation
  • Production of quality and accurate information
  • Team working and collaboration
  • Use of systems and processes


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

  • Adaptability
  • Adding value
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Proactively
  • Professional scepticism


AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
During the course of your apprenticeship you will work towards the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting and undertake computer-based exams or projects. 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.

On-programme assessments
You will complete work-based assignments to demonstrate competence and complete a training log which will contribute to your portfolio.

You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency in the knowledge, skills and behaviours requirements. On completion of the portfolio, you will be asked to produce a reflective statement that reflects on the portfolio and your learning.

Role simulation
You will undertake a role simulation assessing a series of business-related tasks.

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 must be competent in manual double-entry bookkeeping and have completed the Level 3 Assisting Accountant Apprenticeship or the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification.

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 18-24 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 4 (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 4 Professional 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% funding towards course fees. Employers can pay the fee one of two ways:

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?

After completing the AAT Level 4 Accounting Apprenticeship, you will be able to apply to become an AAT full member and use the letters MAAT after your name. You’ll enjoy elevated professional credibility and status, increasing your opportunities for career progression and fulfilling your salary expectations.

The Level 4 AAT qualification will allow you to work in a variety of roles, such as 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.

Become self-employed

You may choose to start up your own business. As an AAT member in practice (MIP) you can offer accountancy, taxation or related consultancy services to the public in the UK or Channel Islands. More information on this can be found on the AAT website.

Become a chartered accountant

You may decide to continue your studies by becoming a chartered accountant. All the UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies recognise the AAT Accounting qualification and will give you exemptions from certain modules. Read more.

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”