Course overview

Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

The broad purpose of the occupation is to support internal and external customers in the administration of their financial and accounting activities.

They may work as an assistant accountant in a practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. An assistant accountant helps in the operation of day-to-day financial activities.

These may include:

  • Data entry to month end.
  • Management accounts.
  • Year-end financial statements

In addition, the assistant accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements. These may include the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver accurate and timely accounts services.

This will include their line manager and team members, together with the workers and the clients of the organisation they are managing accounts for. They may liaise with software departments, or houses, where the accounts system is hosted externally.

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

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 in English and Maths by the end of their apprenticeship if they do not already have a GCSE Grade 1 – 5/A-C in both subjects.

Apprentices should be able to demonstrate through initial assessment that they are working at level 2.

The duration of the apprenticeship is determined by a number of different factors such as experience and prior learning. The minimum time of an apprenticeship is 12 months with the maximum being identified on an individual basis

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. This will include attending class room settings and online based learning. 

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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