AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 2 Pathway)

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LOCATION & START DATE
Cornwall College St Austell - as required
Cornwall College St Austell - as required
LEVEL
Level 3 Levels Explained
DURATION
15 - 20 Months
LEARNING AREA
Accounting Find out more
ATTENDANCE
Work-based

AAT Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 2 Pathway)

This accountancy apprenticeship is for those wanting to train on the job and to study accounting to gain an industry recognised qualification.

If you have no bookkeeping knowledge this is the route for you.

During this qualification, you will learn finance administrator skills e.g. double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles, and purchase, sales and general ledgers and then progress onto more complex finance officer processes e.g. final accounts for sole traders and partnerships. Build on existing accounting knowledge, gain more specialist skills in related areas and gain a greater understanding of the ethical issues involved with accountancy.

An assistant accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of the role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition the assistant accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a qualification and earn real money. At the end of the course, you can have a nationally recognised qualification.


This course is also offered off-site at St Mellion

LOCATION & START DATE
Cornwall College St Austell - as required
Cornwall College St Austell - as required
LEVEL
Level 3 Levels Explained
DURATION
15 - 20 Months
LEARNING AREA
Accounting Find out more
ATTENDANCE
Work-based

What you will learn

During this apprenticeship, you will learn finance administrator skills e.g. double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles, and purchase, sales and general ledgers and then progress onto more complex accountancy processes e.g. final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics.

Topics include:

Bookkeeping Transactions:This unit looks in more detail at the cash book and petty cash book and introduces the reconciliation of control accounts. You will also be required to make adjustments through the journal and re-draft the initial trial balance once adjustments have been made.

Bookkeeping Controls - Deals with documents that are sent to and from organisations, and to code and file those documents appropriately. You will need to know how to make entries in sales, purchases and returns day books, and to transfer those totals, and cash book and petty cash book totals, to the sales, purchases and general ledgers.
Using Accounting Software- This unit is about using a computerised accounting application to input and process data for business transactions including sales and purchases, receipts and payments, and to prepare management and period end reports.

Advanced Bookkeeping- consolidates and introduces new areas such as accounting for non-current assets and using the extended trial balance. You will deal with adjustments for closing inventory, accrued and prepaid expenses and income, and how these are incorporated into an extended trial balance. Provisions for depreciation on non-current assets, irrecoverable debts and allowances for doubtful debts are also to be calculated and accounted for.

Final Accounts Preparation- This unit is concerned with preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, incorporating elements of dealing with incomplete records, and an appropriate understanding of the principles that underpin the preparation of final accounts.

Management Accounting: Costing- You will develop an understanding of how costs are handled in organisations, and why different organisations treat costs in different ways. You should be able to recognise different approaches to cost accounting and make informed and reasoned judgements to guide management.

Other areas include:
Indirect Tax
Ethics for accountants
Spreadsheets for Accounting

Entry requirements

To be aged 18 and over, have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (ideally in English and maths) and be employed in a relevant job.

You must enjoy working in an office environment and be good with numbers and a commitment to study outside college attendance is important.

Please enquire if you are at all unsure as to your suitability the course manager will be happy to discuss the course and its content with you.

* Candidates are responsible for their own AAT registration and membership fee.

Assessment

There will be various online assessments to complete throughout the course.
You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to the AAT for review and undertake a professional discussion.

Progression

You can progress onto the AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship offered by Cornwall College and become a fully qualified Association of Accounting Technician.

Cornwall College St Austell

Cornwall College St Austell

Set at the top of St Austell, with incredible views over the bay, our campus boasts ground-breaking facilities and exceptional student spaces. The Keay Theatre area plays host to our famous Altitude Dance Academy and performing arts, while our award-winning student restaurant Cloisters is recognised as one of the best in the country. Brand new electric vehicle training labs set within our modern construction and engineering buildings showcase just some of the incredible opportunities for people in St Austell and beyond. There’s exciting plans ahead as well, so make sure Cornwall College St Austell is home to your #careercollege experience.

Visiting our St Austell campus?   View our visitor information


During this apprenticeship, you will learn finance administrator skills e.g. double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles, and purchase, sales and general ledgers and then progress onto more complex accountancy processes e.g. final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics.

Topics include:

Bookkeeping Transactions:This unit looks in more detail at the cash book and petty cash book and introduces the reconciliation of control accounts. You will also be required to make adjustments through the journal and re-draft the initial trial balance once adjustments have been made.

Bookkeeping Controls - Deals with documents that are sent to and from organisations, and to code and file those documents appropriately. You will need to know how to make entries in sales, purchases and returns day books, and to transfer those totals, and cash book and petty cash book totals, to the sales, purchases and general ledgers.
Using Accounting Software- This unit is about using a computerised accounting application to input and process data for business transactions including sales and purchases, receipts and payments, and to prepare management and period end reports.

Advanced Bookkeeping- consolidates and introduces new areas such as accounting for non-current assets and using the extended trial balance. You will deal with adjustments for closing inventory, accrued and prepaid expenses and income, and how these are incorporated into an extended trial balance. Provisions for depreciation on non-current assets, irrecoverable debts and allowances for doubtful debts are also to be calculated and accounted for.

Final Accounts Preparation- This unit is concerned with preparing final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, incorporating elements of dealing with incomplete records, and an appropriate understanding of the principles that underpin the preparation of final accounts.

Management Accounting: Costing- You will develop an understanding of how costs are handled in organisations, and why different organisations treat costs in different ways. You should be able to recognise different approaches to cost accounting and make informed and reasoned judgements to guide management.

Other areas include:
Indirect Tax
Ethics for accountants
Spreadsheets for Accounting

To be aged 18 and over, have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (ideally in English and maths) and be employed in a relevant job.

You must enjoy working in an office environment and be good with numbers and a commitment to study outside college attendance is important.

Please enquire if you are at all unsure as to your suitability the course manager will be happy to discuss the course and its content with you.

* Candidates are responsible for their own AAT registration and membership fee.

There will be various online assessments to complete throughout the course. You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence to the AAT for review and undertake a professional discussion.

You can progress onto the AAT Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship offered by Cornwall College and become a fully qualified Association of Accounting Technician.

Cornwall College St Austell

Cornwall College St Austell

Set at the top of St Austell, with incredible views over the bay, our campus boasts ground-breaking facilities and exceptional student spaces. The Keay Theatre area plays host to our famous Altitude Dance Academy and performing arts, while our award-winning student restaurant Cloisters is recognised as one of the best in the country. Brand new electric vehicle training labs set within our modern construction and engineering buildings showcase just some of the incredible opportunities for people in St Austell and beyond. There’s exciting plans ahead as well, so make sure Cornwall College St Austell is home to your #careercollege experience.

Visiting our St Austell campus?   View our visitor information


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  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Level - Level 3
  • Location - Cornwall College St Austell
  • Start Date - As required
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  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • Level - Level 3
  • Location - Cornwall College St Austell
  • Start Date - As required
  • Apply Now
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