The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is a professional body that specialises in Accounting Technician training and development, and can lead you onto the route to becoming a fully qualified and chartered accountant. You will study basic accounting, including working effectively in accounting and finance, basic costing, computerised accounting and professional ethics in accounting and finance.
Accountants keep track of companies and individuals’ finances so they can manage their money properly. Depending on a client’s needs, you might produce account reports, forecast future profits, calculate tax or audit accounts. You’ll learn how to balance accounts, process invoices and payments, complete VAT returns, and help prepare financial statements and reports.
The course consists of four and half days a week in the work place and half a day a week attendance at college. If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college in the first year of the course. Every business has a finance function so you could be working for an accounting firm or in the accounts or finance department of a small or large business.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement once you have completed your interview with college. The college will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you to find a suitable placement.
Due to the nature of the industry and of the course, it would best suit students working at a C grade in both Maths and English. This will help you to secure a suitable work placement and be successful on the course.
What students say about this course
"I was lucky enough to start an apprenticeship with a local accounting firm. At first, I was preparing financial statements for small sole traders but I have gone on to work with limited companies. Doing an audit for a local car dealership was particularly interesting. I love learning how different businesses work, and seeing the process by which cars are traded was a real eye opener.
AAT has given me the practical skills needed to develop in my role and help my confidence to grow. I now understand the concepts behind accounts and also have great business skills which could be applied to any career.
4 GCSEs at 3 - 9 / D or acceptable alternatives, including a minimum of Grade 3 in English Language and Maths.
You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeship/vacancies/ and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.
Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.
Where does this Lead
You will study for a Level 2 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Certificate in Accounting and then the following year, if you do well, you could move onto the Level 3 Accounting and Finance Apprenticeship.
If you have already completed an A level in Accounting or Level 2 AAT, you can progress directly onto the Level 3 AAT Apprenticeship.