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Why Accountancy?

Accounting roles exist across all industries. All organisations, large or small, private or public sector, profit or non-profit-making need accountants to manage their finances. There are also a lot of accountants working in private practice providing audit, taxation and other accounting services.

Each level of the Accounting Apprenticeship is recognised by employers throughout the UK. By completing this apprenticeship you will enhance your accountancy skills and be able to confidently deal with a wide range of accounting tasks across all industrial sectors. This will demonstrate to an employer that you have gained the right knowledge and experience to help them in their business and encourage them to invest in you and your career.

Qualification and Level

The Accounting Apprenticeship frameworks are:

  • AAT Certificate 2 in Accounting (QCF Framework)

The Accountancy Apprenticeship Standards are:

  • Assistant Accountant Level 3 (Standards)
  • Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Level 4 (Standards)

What will be studied?

AAT Certificate 2 in Accounting (QCF Intermediate Framework)

  • Processing book-keeping transactions
  • Control Accounts, journals and the banking system
  • Work effectively in accounting and finance
  • Basic costing
  • Computerised accounting

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. In addition, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you require minimum passes at GCSE at grade D/3 or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths and for the Assistant Accountant L3 Apprenticeship (Level 3) you require minimum GCSE’s at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths. For the Professional Accounting/Tax Technician (Level 4) you must have passed the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or the Assistant Accounting L3 Apprenticeship.

Method of Delivery

The Accounting Diploma L2 involves a mixture of computer-based assessments in the College’s online testing room which is centrally set and assessed by the AAT, and AAT e-delivered project/case study which is assessed locally by York College and verified by the AAT. Assessments take place at different times during the year. The Functional Skills are assessed through an online test.

Delivery of this apprenticeship is through a combination of on the job and off the job learning and weekly attendance at college.


Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship take a year to complete and the Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) takes 18 months to complete.

What next?

Many students progress from Intermediate Apprenticeship to Advanced Apprenticeship and then onto the Higher Apprenticeship (all levels are studied on a part-time basis), after which full membership of the AAT can be gained.

Our Success Rates

100% overall success rate for our Accounting Apprenticeship provision, 25% higher than national average.

81% overall success rate for our Apprenticeship provision, 12% higher than national average.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York College Business Development Unit:- Tel: 01904 770368 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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