Accounting, Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and professional body for accounting and finance staff. This technician level course is internationally recognised and you will learn key skills which are valuable to all businesses. Classes will include lectures supported by hand-outs, tutor demonstration and worked examples. This is followed by students working practical examples to apply new techniques and practices.

To complete the AAT level 4 Apprenticeship you must be in employment working 30 hours or over.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The course covers the following mandatory units: -

- Drafting financial statements
- Budgeting - Financial performance
- Internal controls and accounting systems

You will also study two optional modules which include business tax, personal tax, cash and credit management and external auditing. The options are chosen as a group with tutor guidance.

The Level 4 Business Skills qualification consists of the following units:

- Working in teams
- Planning and delivering business communication activities
- Evaluate and improve own performance in a business environment
- *Spreadsheet software (*APL if completed at Level 3)
- Presentation software
- Deliver a presentation
- Organising and facilitating meetings and workshops
- Developing commercial awareness
- Managing project finances

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

AAT level 4 units are assessed by a mixture of AAT computer-based exams and tutor assessments throughout the year.  The internal controls and accounting systems module is a project based unit, which is assessed by the tutor.

The Level 4 Business skills are assessed through a portfolio of workplace evidence.  Assessments will also be used to check competency and various methods used - presentations, reports, and assignments.

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the Assessor where progress is discussed by the learner, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

There are wide and varied career opportunities for AAT students including:  Accountant, finance manager and bookkeeper.  Accounting is also a useful skill for someone in a general business management role.  Some students go on to set up their own business as a bookkeeper or undertake the accounting for a family business.

On successful completion of AAT level 4 there is the opportunity to progress to chartered status.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are the successful completion of AAT level 3 (or similar accountancy qualification). 

You must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week in the professional area that your Apprenticeship is in. Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details with the National Apprenticeship Matching Service (NAS) and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.

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