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The future after your Level 3 AAT Apprenticeship


Achieving your Level 3 Accounts Assistant Apprenticeshipis a tremendous achievement, and something you should be very proud of.

It will have involved lots of hard work, demonstrating both technical knowledge and wider skills invaluable to employers.

Now, you might want to break from studying and apply what you’ve learnt to the workplace.

However, it’s worth considering the additional benefits of continuing your studies. Progressing onto the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship is an option that brings further rewards:

  • Achieve MAAT designation - Completion of the AAT Professional Diploma, as part of your Level 4 Apprenticeship, will bring you closer* to applying for full AAT membership. It’s an internationally recognised professional status in Accountancy and Finance, and gives you the opportunity to put ‘MAAT’ after your name.

    It can bring greater responsibility in terms of your career and enhance your CV, making you more marketable.

  • Demonstrate higher-level skills and behaviours (e.g Leadership) - The Level 4 Apprenticeship allows you to enhance the skills and behaviours you developed as part of your Level 3 Apprenticeship.

    Exposure to higher-level roles and responsibilities, which you will be provided with, will improve job satisfaction and your value within the workplace.


If you consider progressing to the next level, you can boost your career and earnings potential


  • Specialise in your chosen area of Accountancy - The AAT Professional Diploma enables you to choose 2 from 5 options. This gives you the chance to become an expert in your chosen field: Tax, Audit or Credit Management.

    Combined with the more general Accounting knowledge you’ve already developed, these specialisms can significantly enhance your career prospects.

  • Boost your earnings potential - Studies show that those who have MAAT designation averagely earn £9,000 more than those who have just completed Level 3 Advanced Diploma**.

  • Gain valuable exemptions for future study - And why stop at Level 4? If you decide you want to gain Chartered Accountancy Status through the study of CIMA, ACCA or ICAEW, completing Level 4 will provide you with exemptions for up to 6*** papers for these qualifications.

    This means you can progress more quickly through these further studies.

So don’t let the dust settle for too long on your study manuals, build on your hard work. If you consider progressing to the next level, you can boost your career and earnings potential.

For expert advice and guidance on Level 4 Accountancy Apprenticeships, please contact Kaplan on

*You will still be subject to fulfilling the AAT’s requirements for membership, including achieving relevant work experience as per AAT’s Membership Criteria Policy.

**AAT/Avado Salary Survey 2017

***Exact exemptions depend upon the qualification chosen and options selected at Level 4 Professional Diploma