This apprenticeship standard is designed to train existing accountants to technician level (QCF Level 4), who are working for accountancy firms or within finance departments of other types of organisations. The qualification can lead to a specialist role in accounting, and learners can also progress onto a higher education course in a subject related to accounting, banking, insurance or other financial services.
Accounting is a flexible skill that can be applied to businesses across all industry sectors and is equally useful for those who want to be self-employed or run their own accountancy business.
AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
Delivery model and duration:
- Workplace and college delivery
- Duration: Typically 18 - 24 months with a minimum of 12 months
- Accounts Manager
- Accounting Technician
- Assistant Financial/Management Accountant
- Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
- Personal/Business Tax Assistant
The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas:
- Technical knowledge –
Option 1: Accounting
Option 2: Tax
- Ethical Standards
- Regulation and Compliance
- Systems and Processes
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End Point Assessment
Available 12 months from apprenticeship start date. Consists of both:
- Professional Synoptic Assessment
- Portfolio and Role Simulation
Benefits for learners
- Proven practical, technical and professional skills in the workplace
- Become a highly sought-after employee
- Receive credits towards relevant undergraduate degree programmes
Benefits to business
- Excellent opportunity to up-skill existing staff and manage succession planning
- Focused, high-performing teams
- Increased profitability
- Increase staff retention and experience
Financial Statements of Limited Companies
Drafting, analysis and interpretation of financial statements of limited companies, identifying and recording transactions in accounts and ledgers, drafting the financial statements of unincorporated organisations from the accounts and records prepared.
Budgeting for planning, coordinating and authorising the activities of an organisation and for controlling costs. The unit provides skills and knowledge to improve the performance of an organisation by setting targets, constructing achievable plans and monitoring results.
Decision & Control
Prepare a basic budget and/or standard cost budget; create budgetary reports, control reports and standard costing control reports; prepare key performance indicators and workings to aid management decision making.
Accounting Systems and Control
Understanding of the role of the accounting function in an organisation and the importance of internal controls in minimising the risk of loss.
Optional Unit 1
Either Personal Tax or Credit Management.
Optional Unit 2
Either Business Tax or Cash & Treasury Management.
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