Business courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College

Accountancy Apprenticeship Level 3

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An Apprenticeship is a perfect choice if you want to continue your studies and develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in a specific industry, while also earning a salary in full-time employment; kickstarting your long-term career path.

As an Assistant Accountant apprentice you will provide support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an Assistant Accountant within practise or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of your role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition, you may yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Entry Requirements

To study this Apprenticeship you must:

  • Show enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Have a commitment to study

  • Be able to work independently

  • Have good interpersonal skills

  • Have previous experience with this subject such as a Level 2 qualification in Accounting

You must also have GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English and Maths or the ability to work towards and achieve Functional Skills at this level whilst on programme.

Course Activities

In addition to your work based training we offer a Skills Development Academy for gaining further knowledge and confidence. This gives you the opportunity to meet other apprentices, socialise on campus and gain additional industry insight from guest speakers.

Classroom study will include the following units:

  • Advanced Book Keeping

  • Final Accounts Preparation

  • Management Accounts Costing

  • Indirect Taxation

  • Ethics for Accountants

  • Spreadsheets for Accounting

These are taught sessions delivered on campus one day a week.

The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the final stage of your Apprenticeship. You’ll only be put forward to take this when your employer and tutor feel you are ready.

The EPA has two elements:

  • An online assessment, where you’ll tackle a series of business related tasks through simulation in line with typical role activities

  • The submission of a portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace. You must then reflect on the portfolio through a professional discussion.

If you are successful in your EPA you will receive your AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification.

For more detail on the Apprenticeship standard for this qualification visit the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Industry Links

Association or Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism.

AAT works across the globe with around 130,000 members in more than 90 countries. Their members are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world, including apprentices, people already working in accountancy and self-employed business owners.

AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals. Many of their members occupy senior, well rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions.

Progression Opportunities

The objective of this Apprenticeship is to ensure full competency as an Accounting Assistant. This Apprenticeship provides a basis for progression into a number of career paths in the accounting sector including:

  • Credit Controller

  • Tax Accountant

  • Corporate Recovery Analyst

  • Accounting Assistant

  • Audit Trainee

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in this industry.


If you would like to enquire for this Apprenticeship, please click 'Enquire' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Apprenticeship Team will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can explore our current vacancies on the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' page and apply now.

If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521483.

Course code: A32690-A1A