Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an internationally recognised professional accounting qualification and this Apprenticeship is ideal for school leavers who are looking to begin a career in Accountancy or Finance, or for Junior/Assistant Accountants who wish to gain a qualification and acquire new skills.

The Apprenticeship comprises of two separate elements:

  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting exams
  • an end point assessment of work based learning (also managed by AAT)

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is both a qualification in its own right and also a stepping stone towards potential AAT qualification and membership.

The course is taught by qualified experienced Accountants/Tutors giving pass rates that consistently exceed the national averages by as much as 25%.


Your employer will help you gain technical skills and real practical experience in the workplace. You will also attend classrooms sessions on campus one day a week (9am-5pm) to build your professional knowledge. 

You will study:

  • Bookkeeping transactions (this includes business documentation, sales and purchases systems and double entry bookkeeping to trial balance)
  • Bookkeeping controls (this includes journals, control account reconciliations, bank reconciliations and suspense accounts)
  • Advanced bookkeeping (this includes non-current assets, prepayments and accruals, and inventory and extended trial balance)
  • Final accounts preparation (this includes sole trader accounts and partnership accounting)
  • Management accounting costing (this includes absorption and marginal costing, process costing, further budgeting and decision making)
  • Indirect tax (this includes VAT, inputs and outputs, rates and partial exemption).

Assessments are independently managed by AAT and taken on a computer with the results received the same day.

You will only need to revise for one exam at a time as each exam is sat as you finish a module. 

Towards the end of your Apprenticeship you will complete your end point assessment. For this assessment your Tutors will support you in creating a portfolio and preparing for a professional discussion and synoptic exam.

If you do not possess a GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English you may need to take a functional skills programme.

This qualification is perfect for anyone wanting to start a long term career in Accountancy.

You can progress through this Apprenticeship and the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship over a three year period.

Upon completion of both Apprenticeships, you will become an affiliate of AAT and eligible to apply for membership. This in turn will give exemption to the foundation components of CIMA and ACCA qualifications.