Professional Accounting/Tax Technician (Level 4 Apprenticeship)

Subject: Accounting & Bookkeeping

Employers Students

This AAT apprenticeship incorporates the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting. A respected qualification it is ideal for those members of your team that you would like to become a fully qualified accounting technician and gain the skills to excel in the workplace.

With options to select from with Accounting or Tax this course can be tailored to meet the job role and interests of the individual.

Providing the opportunity for members of your team to undergo apprenticeship training has many benefits to your organisation:

  • Growing productivity: Maximise staff efficiency though the development of knowledge and increasing team motivation by developing a learning culture.
  • Cost effective: Provide valuable opportunities which improve retention to minimising recruitment costs
  • Develop your business: Affordable way to expand and improve your business
  • Enhanced reputation: Provide customer reassurance by investing in trained staff.

The 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 the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact
  • Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources

Key Facts

  • Attendance: Attend college one day per week during term times or study via distance learning (No college attendance, start at any time)
  • Duration: 18-24 months (20% of your time must be spent studying off the job).
  • Next start dates: January 2021
  • Location: Godmanchester (Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)


Entry Requirements

In order for you to have an apprentice they must be living and working in England in a suitable role and cannot already hold a Level 4 (or above) qualification in a similar subject).

For the apprenticeship to be completed within 18-24 months the apprentice must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week. If they are employed for fewer hours then the length of their apprenticeship will be proportionately extended.

The apprentice should be competent in manual double-entry bookkeeping and have completed the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification.

Should you be looking to recruit a new trainee to join your team we can help to advertise your vacancy and screen applicants free of charge, contact us for more information.

Course Content

This apprenticeship consists of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to develop the finance skills needed by a Professional Accounting or Tax Technician and to enhance professional status.



The knowledge gained will provide the opportunity to improve both accounting skills and business awareness:

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


Transferrable skills will be gained to provide the confidence for the knowledge to be applied:

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


Attitude and behaviours covered will provide the opportunity to learn how to take responsibility for personal and professional success:

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


An End Point Assessment will be required to achieve the apprenticeship. This consists of the following:

Role Simulation- An independently assessed role simulation based upon a series of business-related tasks

Portfolio and Reflective Statement- A portfolio of evidence to demonstrate learned knowledge, skills and behaviours will be required along with a reflective statement to reflect on the port

For the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting that is included within this apprenticeship computer based exams or projects will be undertaken. As we are an AAT accredited exam centre these exams can be taken at College without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

Unless exempt Level 2 Functional Skills are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.

Course Fees

Apprenticeship fees are payable by you as the employer.

Prior to commencing the course an invoice will be issued for the total course fee.

As an employer you will either be an Apprenticeship Levy Payer (employers with over a £3 million pay bill) or Non-Levy Payers (employers with less than a £3 million pay bill).

Recruit an apprentice and save up to £3,000!

From 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021, businesses that recruit a new apprentice, regardless of age, will receive a £3,000 incentive from the government towards the cost of training.

These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16-18 year old apprentices. This means that if you hire a 16 to 18 year old apprentice, you could receive £4,000! If you also have less than 50 contracted employees, the apprenticeship fees for those aged 16-18 years of age 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.

Full fee payable by the employer – £400

Fees are fully inclusive of End Point Assessment (EPA) fees but payment for AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £266*) and textbooks will also be required.

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 your staff member will be able to apply to become an AAT full member and use the letters MAAR after their name.

You may decide that you would like to develop your team member further by supporting them to become a chartered accountant. All the UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies recognised the AAT Accounting qualification and will gain exemptions from certain modules. Read more.


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”
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