Gain exceptional accounting skills through the level 4 standard, with CIMA, AAT and ACCA routeways available.
Develop your technical knowledge and experience to provide strategic business advice to organisations of all types and sizes.
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Introduction to the course
Our Level 4 accounting programme combines dedicated workplace mentoring, on-the-job experience, access to high-quality online resources alongside our outstanding blended delivery model.
All 3 of these routes (CIMA, ACCA and AAT) builds the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours required to become a highly skilled Professional Accounting Technician.
During the programme, apprentices will cover topics developing their ability to create, verify and review accurate and timely financial information. A Professional Accounting Technician will apply the relevant ethical, professional and accounting standards in the preparation and drafting of financial statements. Depending on their role your employee will also learn specialist knowledge in other aspects of accounting, for example, management or tax accounting.
Apprentices must achieve Level 2 English and Mathematics before completing the programme. Following completion of the required units (which differ per routeway), learners will progress to the End-Point Assessment in which the knowledge and evidence learners have gathered will be assessed against the programme criteria.
The End-Point Assessment is different for each routeway, but all will involve a range of assessment tools including:
- A 3-hour synoptic assessment
- A reflective discussion or written statement supported by a portfolio of evidence
- A technical role simulation case study exam
- A reflective statement supported by a portfolio of evidence
A good fit for
Employees in accounting roles such as a Senior Bookkeeper, Finance Administrator or Accounts Payable Supervisor and those wishing to further develop their career in accountancy and become a fully qualified Accounting Technician.
Future job roles
- Senior Finance Officer
- Commercial Analyst
- Management Accountant
After achieving the apprenticeship and qualification learners may receive credits towards the CIMA or ACCA pathway of the Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship in partnership with Grant Thornton.
What qualifications will I achieve?
On completion of this apprenticeship, you will achieve a Professional Accounting Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship Certificate and the following, depending on routeway:
- AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting
- ACCA Level 4 Applied Knowledge
- CIMA Level 4 Certificate in Business Accounting
What are the entry requirements?
The level 4 apprenticeship is a higher qualification with in-depth accounting knowledge, so it is recommended that you complete AAT level 3 beforehand. However, it is possible for anyone to enter at this level provided they have two years of experience in this field or an in-depth knowledge of accounting. Evidence of Maths and English A-C, 4-9 or equivalent and the ability to gather evidence within job role to meet all apprenticeship criteria is required.
Who is this apprenticeship for?
Whether you’re looking for your first role, or have some experience but want to top up your skills and competencies, then this course is for you. If you’re searching for a role, take a look at our vacancies.
For more information, get in touch with us below, or speak to our advisors on 0333 323 4050
What can I do afterwards?
Having completed the Level 4 Professional Certificate, you may wish to study ACCA, CIMA, ACA qualifications to become a chartered accountant. Take a look at our Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship, in partnership with Grant Thornton.
Alternatively, you could find employment in a variety of significant roles including a VAT accountant, senior finance officer or commercial analyst.
Apprentice or Employer?
What impressed me most about my level 2 studies was the way that most things I learned during the qualification linked to the work I was doing in the office. This really helped me to understand the role better, as I knew about everything that was happening behind the scenes. All my tutors have been exceptional teachers, and the fact that I have passed all my exams first time only proves this!
I’d recommend the AAT training through apprenticeship route to any young budding Accountant. With the support of my employer I was able to earn and learn at the same time rather than coming out of University with debt and no guarantee of a job at the end of it. The support of Babington has enabled me not only to complete my AAT qualifications but also to compete at prestigious events such as WorldSkillsUK.
During my AAT studies the Babington staff were really helpful. They were flexible with exam dates, and the tutors were really helpful in spending extra time with me if I didn’t understand things. It was particularly helpful that they had previously worked in business, so they gave me practical examples of when certain skills were used. Their genuine enthusiasm for the subject helped me realise that this is not just a job – it’s a career.