Where will this course lead?

This AAT level 4 apprenticeship course will lead to the achievement of Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. If  all of the individual unit AAT exams are also taken and passed, the apprentice will also gain the Professional Diploma in Accounting, this coupled with the required work place experience will enable the apprentice to gain the letters MAAT after their name. The many transferable skills that will be developed during this course provide a superb foundation for many career pathways in accounting such as Assistant Management  Accountant, Assistant Financial   Accountant, Payroll manager, Senior Bookkeeper, Senior Financial Officer.

On completion, the apprentice may choose to continue to chartered bodies qualifications such as ACCA or CIMA.

What will I study?

The apprentice will be required to study the knowledge, skills and behaviours which are essential for an Accounting Technician. 

- Financial Statements of Limited Companies 
- Management Accounting: Budgeting
- Management Accounting: Decision and Control
- Accounting Systems and Controls

If the apprentice wants to gain the Professional Diploma in Accounting, two optional units are also needed. Options include personal tax, business tax, credit management or cash and treasury management (classes run subject to numbers).

The course also aims to develop skills and behaviour such as communication, leadership, planning and prioritisation, adaptability and integrity. 

How will this course be delivered?

The AAT level 4 apprenticeship?? is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching, practical workshops, directed study and independent learning/self- study.

Typically the apprentice will attend college for 7 hours every week (for twelve months) and a further 7 hours per week carrying out independent study.  If the apprentice wants to complete the full Professional Diploma in accounting there will be a further 12 weeks of 6 hours per week to complete the option units. 

As an apprentice a significant amount of learning takes place 'on the job' through training and the practical application of your skills, knowledge and behaviours. 
The apprentice will receive 1:1 support and coaching from an allocated coach who may visit the workplace every six to eight weeks.  You will be required to build a detailed portfolio in which you provide practical evidence from your job role to demonstrate that you have developed the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

It is expected that the duration of the AAT level 4 apprenticeship?? will vary from 15 to 24 months. 

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the end point assessment the apprentice   will be awarded the Level 4 Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. If the all of the individual unit AAT exams are passed, the apprentice will also gain the Professional Diploma in Accounting.

How will I be assessed?

Progress and development will be assessed at regular stages throughout the apprenticeship - this is likely to be a combination of assignments, activities, exams, reflective discussions and observations in the workplace. 

The employer and training provider will formally sign-off individual readiness for the end point assessment. This is when the apprentice has met and can confidently apply the minimum requirements of skills, knowledge and behaviours as detailed in the apprenticeship standard.

The end point assessment consists of the following 2 components and can be taken after 12 months of on-programme learning. 

Assessment Method
End point AAT exam Synoptic Assessment
Professional discussion or written statement supported by the portfolio of evidence 


How do I get a place on the course?

Employers can receive advice and support from the Employer Services team at Solihull College and University Centre

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is typically completion of AAT Level 3 or equivalent. 

What else do I need to know?

How much will this course cost?
Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors for more information about funding and costs.

Have you got a question about this course?
Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors, Programme Lead or the Apprenticeship Coordinator 



Start Date






Course Fee


Course Code


Study Mode

Part Time

Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician Apprenticeship

What’s Involved?

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.