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Apprenticeship Standard
L3 Assistant Accountant

The L3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship is for someone who's just starting their accountancy career or wants to brush up on their skills in their current role. Or it could be for someone who wants to change roles completely and move into accountancy.

Professional Qualification:
Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
Functional Skills

L2 Maths & English


Typically, 18 months + End Point Assessment

Entry requirements

Usually five GCSEs, including maths and English, although employers may accept other qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Individuals without English or maths at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE A-C or 4-9) must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Typical job roles
  • Assistant Accountant

  • Trainee Accounting Technician

  • Accounts Clerk

  • Cashier Finance Assistant

  • Purchase Ledger Clerk

  • Sales Ledger Clerk

Role profile

They provide support to internal and external customers, work predominately either as an assistant accountant in an accountancy practice or within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in day-to-day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements.

In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Delivery model

Each and every business is different, which is why we offer a range of delivery options - face-to-face support, online learning and residential modules. All are designed to meet the requirements of the specific apprenticeship standard- ensuring each apprentice develops the skills, knowledge and behaviours specified.

E-portfolio systems will be used from sign-up through to completion to minimise the use of paper, allowing ourBusiness Coaches to track learner progress on an ongoing basis to achieve timely completions.

Professional registration and progression

As well as ensuring full competency as an Assistant Accountant, this apprenticeship provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector including Audit Trainee, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller or Tax Accountant.

Individuals on the apprenticeship will need to apply for astudent membership of the AAT.

Apprenticeship Standards are made up of three key elements:

  • Technical knowledge
  • Know-how
  • Practical application of the Knowledge
  • Learnt through a combination of on and off the job training
  • Mindsets, attitudes and approaches required for competence
  • Behaviours tend to be transferable (between levels)
Business Awareness
  • Understands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation

  • Understands their organisation's business strategy including customer and supplier needs, in order to produce relevant and compliant financial information

  • Is aware of how their role fits in with the wider organisation and sector they are working in.

IT Systems and Processes
  • Understands how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, correct errors and produce a range of reports using a computerised accounting system.

  • Understands the systems and process of the organisation, within the responsibility of the position such as Sales, Purchase and Payroll.

  • Understands the use of all relevant office and accounting packages used within their organisation, relevant to their job role.

Ethical Standards
  • Understands the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisation's professional reputation and integrity.

  • Understands the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct.

Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Understands the basic elements of double entry book keeping and accounting standards required to process financial documents and report financial information to users of accounts.

  • Understands the current financial standards for basic accounts preparation, in order to be able to make necessary end of year adjustments.

  • Understands what is required to draft final accounts.

  • Understands how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets. Understands the basic tax principles to apply current regulations to calculate VAT and submit a VAT return.

Management Accounting
  • Understands how to recognise and use different accounting approaches and is able to gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control.
  • Effectively records and analyses financial data at the appropriate level using the organisation's standard tools and processes.

  • Communicates to all stakeholders to aid decision making to add value to the organisation, within the responsibility of the position.

  • Works both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards; competently demonstrates an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with internal and external customers.

  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate financial information in a way that non-finance staff can interpret and understand.

Produces Quality and Accurate Information

Consistently delivers high quality, 'right first time' financial and performance data in a timely fashion in line with the organisation's requirements, to aid decision making and planning.

Uses Systems and Processes
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the appropriate systems and processes to work productively in order to complete required tasks.

  • Demonstrates competent use of office and accounting packages.

  • Able to maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and backup routines.

Problem Solving
  • Applies techniques to both common and non-routine problems, analysing where required and selecting the appropriate tools and techniques to produce solutions.

  • Escalates or seeks guidance and support where appropriate.

Embracing Change
  • A tenacious and driven approach to see projects through to completion

  • Being a proven 'self-starter' and have an adaptable approach to meet changing work priorities.

Adding Value
  • A creative and analytical mind, with a willingness to think of new ways of doing things

  • They come up with ideas and solutions to support the delivery of their work.

Ethics and Integrity
  • A willingness to learn from mistakes, as not all activities go to plan, and improve their own performance as a result.
Personal Accountability
  • A high level of professionalism, reliability and dependability with a passion for the customer

  • A collaborative approach is central to how they work, showing empathy and being mindful to the needs/views of others

  • Ethical behaviour in the way they approach marketing activities and their work, valuing equality & diversity.

  • Organises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines.

  • Performs professionally in pressurised situations and escalates appropriately when necessary.

Team Working and Collaboration
  • Consistently supports colleagues & collaborates to achieve results.

  • Aware of their role within the team & their impact on others.

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