Accountancy Training Programmes

A skilled accountant will not only help to grow a business, but they can also save that business valuable time and money. In order for any organisation to be a success, it is important that the correct financial and managerial decisions are made.

What will I study?

Individuals who undertake the Assistant Accountant Training Programme (Level 3) could work as accounts assistants, credit control clerks, accounts clerks, or finance assistants, all helping accountants to keep financial records and prepare accounts.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Balance accounts
  • Process invoices and payments
  • Complete VAT returns
  • Help prepare financial statements and reports
  • Handling banking and petty cash.

Individuals who complete the Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician Training Programme (Level 4) will have further responsibility in creating, and/or verifying accurate and timely financial information. Job roles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistant Management Accountant
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Personal/Business Tax Assistant

Progression can lead to a specialist role in accounting. It’s also possible to enter a higher education course in a subject related to accounting, banking, insurance, or other financial services.


Through the completion of the Apprenticeship Standards, learners could achieve the following qualifications;

Assistant Accountant

    • Access the full fact sheet


  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting *
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English *
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics *

Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician

    • Access the full fact sheet


    • AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
    • Level 2 Functional Skills English *
    • Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics *

Apprentices who complete the standard without the AAT diploma are not eligible to apply for full AAT membership, if they choose to complete the Professional Diploma, they will be eligible for full membership and to use the designatory letters MAAT.

*If you have achieved a Grade C or above in English and maths, then you will be exempt from completion of the Functional Skills element. At the moment there is no Level 2 Standard, however an apprentice is able to take the Foundation Certificate in Accounting as part of their Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Approved exam centre

Encompass is also an approved exam centre meaning students can sit all exams at our facilities.

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