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Accounting (Higher Apprenticeship Level 4)


Apprenticeship outline

You will build on your existing accounting skills to give you a more advanced knowledge of this specialist area. A significant amount of the job training is undertaken in the workplace.

This is a demanding but interesting course which should be achieved in 24 months whilst gaining valuable workplace experience.

Most jobs in this sector are office-based with a typical 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday working week.

You will attend classroom learning one day per week or evening classes twice per week over one year to work towards your qualification.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting course includes six modules. These may include:
• management accounting: decision and control
• management accounting: budgeting
• credit management
• financial statements of limited companies
• accounting systems and controls
• cash and treasury management

The Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills, which is the workplace element, covers:
• working in teams
• planning and delivering business communication activities
• evaluating and improving own performance in a business environment
• spreadsheet software
• presentation software
• delivering a presentation
• organising and facilitating meetings and workshops
• developing commercial awareness
• managing project finances

How to apply for this apprenticeship

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship below.

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  • Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills

24 months

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

You will also need to have completed the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting plus GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade 9-5 (A*-C) (or equivalent).

In addition, we interview as part of the application process and you will need to demonstrate your ability and commitment to succeed on the course.

Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete computer based exams and provide workplace evidence.


This qualification opens up a wide range of career opportunities, from setting up your own practice to becoming a team leader, and from university study to taking more professional qualifications such as Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Associate Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) professional qualifications or a university degree.

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