Course overview

Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

The Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship takes 12 to 15 months to complete.

You will study towards an Advanced Diploma Apprenticeship while working with a local employer to develop practical knowledge and understanding.

You will also undertake an end point assessment with an external end point assessor when you have fully achieved the knowledge skills and behaviours and a showcase portfolio within your learning with your college Trainer.

On successful completion of this you will receive your accounting apprenticeship certificate alongside your accountancy qualification certificate.

You need to find your own employer as part of your application for an apprenticeship; you can search apprenticeship vacancies on

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for Assistant Accountants looking to develop their knowledge and skills on the path to ultimately becoming a fully-qualified professional Accountant.

What you'll learn

You will complete a series of modules towards the standard covering knowledge, skills and behaviours. Topics covered include Advanced Bookkeeping, Management Accounting and Indirect Tax.

Your course will be delivered within City of Bristol campuses where you will be supported by specialist lecturers.

You will also be supported within your workplace towards the apprenticeship by a City of Bristol college accounting apprenticeship trainer who will work closely with your employer and lecturers to ensure your programme provides the foundation for a successful career in the profession building on knowledge and skills gained at level 2. They will also guide you to develop your portfolio in preparation for end point assessment.

You will also need to complete 20% off the job training which will consist of your class delivery in college and work outside your normal job role and any other off the job training which maybe set by your employer.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will complete an end point assessment which consists of a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

The apprenticeship provides knowledge and skills for new accountants looking to forge a career in industry, commerce or in professional practice.

Course entry requirements

There is no specific entry requirement this will depend on each employer requirements

Desirable 5 GCSEs, Grade 4/5 in maths and English and an AAT qualification at Level 2.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will further develop skills in financial / management accounting and IT skills from your level 2 studies to provide a solid foundation before progression to Level 4.

You will continue to work within local industry or commerce while gaining further knowledge and skills.

You will work with your accounting apprenticeship trainer and employer to gain the knowledge and skills ready for your end point assessment.

You will use the knowledge and skills from your standard to demonstrate to your end point assessor how these skills are put into practice in an accounting workplace.

View the full assessment plan.

Future career and study opportunities

  • Assistant Accountant / Trainee Accounting Technician / Accounts Clerk / Cashier Finance Assistant / Purchase Ledger Clerk / Sales Ledger Clerk are typical roles.
  • Professional Accounting and Tax Technician Accountant.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College apprentice, you may incur additional costs on your apprenticeship. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery, and for some apprenticeships you may need to purchase specialist equipment.

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