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Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Level 3

Building on our Accounts / Finance Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship, this Level 3 programme builds on the foundations for your entry level talent to support growth within your Accountancy and Finance function.

Employees on this apprenticeship will ensure your Accountancy and Finance practice performs in the most effective way. It includes the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and provides the opportunity for them to support the business with essential skills and behaviours to drive results.

Developed in partnership with globally recognised institutes and employers and firms of all sizes, a Kaplan Accountancy apprenticeship is anything but standard.

Ideal for new and aspiring accountants, this apprenticeship helps learners progress to the next stage in their career when they have limited experience to date.

This apprenticeship will benefit individuals already working at a junior role within an Accountancy department of finance function, or Kaplan can also support you with sourcing new talent. People studying this apprenticeship will typically be employed in roles such as an Assistant Accountant, Trainee Accounting Technician, Accounts Clerk, Cashier Finance Assistant, Purchase Ledger Clerk or Sales Ledger Clerk.

An apprentice’s journey doesn’t end when their apprenticeship has finished. The next steps could be to progress onto our Professional Accounting Taxation Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship, or even our Accountancy and Taxation Level 7 Apprenticeship which would enable them to become fully qualified Accountants.

To do this apprenticeship, employers may specify that candidates have at least a grade of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English. If apprentices don’t have this level of Maths and English, Kaplan offers free resources and support to make sure they have a strong understanding of the subjects by the end of the apprenticeship.

Before starting this apprenticeship, learners must have also passed a two day Bookkeeping course with assessment to ensure they are beginning at a suitable level. This is free for apprentices.


18 months with Gateway at 15 months

Costs / funding

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Non levy payer

Qualifications received

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship

AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

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About the programme

Build your talent pipeline

While talent is so transactional and often scarce, an entry level accounting apprenticeship provides a great opportunity to build future talent for your organisation.

Flexible around work

Learners do not need to be at college one day a week. Our study methods allow your apprentice to fit their study around your busy periods whilst giving them the best chance of a successful outcome.

Support and insight for managers

As the employer, we have robust processes and reporting in place to ensure you and your line managers can in turn help employees to drive progress and improvements.

Support for apprentices

Each learner has regular 1:1 contact and progress reviews to keep them on track, review their portfolio, and get them fully prepared for their final assessments.

Training modules

Our Assistant Accountant apprenticeship programme integrates four modules of technical training with work based projects. This ensures that learning and skills are directly applied to the apprentice’s role, and maximises the time used as part of off-the-job training.

For each module, learners benefit from a choice of different study methods taught by subject matter specialists, combined with additional online learning that can be completed at their own pace. Each of our classes are interactive and involve lots of practical discussion, giving learners quality time both with tutors and industry peers to spark new ideas and get new perspectives.

Learners also get access to engaging exercises which help them to apply their learning in real business scenarios. Relevant examples within the context of an Accountancy practice offer a proven method of enhancing understanding of a broad range of subjects whilst developing vital skills and behaviours.

Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements (FAPS)

Learn and apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping, acquisition and disposals of non-current assets. Prepare depreciation calculations, period-end adjustments and produce an extended trial balance. Learn how to prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships and deal with incomplete records.

Number of lessons

  • Classroom: 7 days/14 evenings
  • Live Online: 7 days/14 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

Management Accounting Techniques (MATS)

Understand the purpose and use of management accounting and learn the costing and spreadsheet techniques required for organisations and the principles behind cash management. Investigate variances from budgets and use management accounting techniques to support short-term decision making.

Number of lessons:

  • Classroom: 6 days/12 evenings
  • Live Online: 6 days/12 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

Tax Processes for Businesses (TPFB)

Examine and apply VAT legislation requirements, calculate VAT, review and verify Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT returns, understand principles of payroll, and study the implications of errors, late filing and payment, and how to report VAT related information.

Number of lessons:

  • Classroom: 2 days/4 evenings
  • Live Online: 2 days/4 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

Business Awareness (BUAW)

Learn about different business types, structures, governance, and the legal framework they operate in and the impact of the micro and macroeconomic environment. Learn about the relevance of ethics in accountancy and how technology impacts businesses, but also the risk associated with it and the need for data security.

Number of lessons:

  • Classroom: 3 days/6 evenings
  • Live Online: 3 days/6 sessions
  • OnDemand/Distance Learning: study at own pace

Subject assessment: computer-based exam

Included in this apprenticeship

Self study
Innovative Skills and Behaviours

Designed and developed by Kaplan’s award winning learning experts, our Accountancy modules are designed to support learners in developing essential skills and behaviours. Delivered with motivation and engagement at heart, learners can practice these essential competencies with industry peers in a realistic environment.

Modules covered include:

  • Understanding your business
  • Communicating effectively
  • Managing yourself and working with others
  • Acting professionally
Self study
Microsoft Specialist Skills

Optional modules covering the core Microsoft products, over 100 hours of online tuition supports learners in preparing for Microsoft Expert exams. Globally recognised, our tuition and exams available at Associate and Expert levels will equip apprentices with the skills to unlock the potential of Microsoft Office products.

Available in a range of subjects including

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint

date_range Timetables

Programmes are running regularly throughout the year. View our timetables for scheduled Live Online sessions to see when the next one is running.

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Why choose Kaplan?

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The leaders in accountancy training

Kaplan has over 80 years experience in designing and delivering programmes that help individuals to achieve results and business to achieve success.

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Future facing

Our apprenticeships equip your employees to make a positive difference in the workplace, applying their learning in real life projects which can transform teams and cultures.

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Flexible learning

Learners attend scheduled classes involving lots of practical discussion and application, and combine this with additional online learning that can be completed at their own pace.

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Expert teaching

Our tutors are all subject matter experts, with real world experience, and teach groups of like minded learners from companies across the UK.

Support for employers:
  • Named Client Solutions Colleague as your key point of contact
  • Recruitment service to help you hire an apprentice for a new vacancy
  • Transparency throughout the application and onboarding process for your learners
  • Named tutor and talent coaches, often a single contact
  • Accurate, timely and accessible tracking for each learner
  • Line Manager visibility of your learner’s portfolio dashboards
Support for learners:
  • Tutor contact via email outside of scheduled classes
  • Regular 1:1 contact and progress reviews with a named, industry experienced talent coach to keep them on track, review their portfolio and get them fully prepared for their End Point Assessment.
  • Peer to peer contacts from across the industry - creating opportunities to spark new ideas and get new perspectives
  • Integrated learning system with everything in one place. Access all online learning, track your progress, capture off-the-job activity and hours, manage and capture progress reviews, upload evidence, as well as communication, and leave messages for each other with their Talent Coach
  • Student Service support available 362 days a year

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