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Accounting Level 3 Apprenticeship at Kendal College

Course description

Apprenticeships allow you to gain qualifications whilst working - you will normally study one day per week in college and spend the rest of the week at work, where you are in appropriate full time employment. They are available at two levels, the Intermediate and the Advanced Apprenticeship.

Accounting skills are in demand by commercial and industrial organisations, central and local government, the NHS and the voluntary sector, as well as by specialist accounting firms. Tasks include recording and accounting for cash and credit transactions and recording payroll transactions.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship includes the AAT Level 3 Diploma. Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship can lead to AAT Level 4 Diploma. AAT accounting qualifications are highly desirable and can lead to rapid progression within the workplace.

Course content

This course will give you an in depth understanding of a variety of complex accounting processes which could activate your career in a variety of finance roles

During the Advanced Apprenticeship, you will study subjects such as

- Accounts preparation
- Prepare final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
- Costs and revenues
- Professional ethics
- Indirect Tax (VAT)
- Spreadsheet software

Based on previous qualifications, apprentices also work towards the Functional Skills of English and Maths at the appropriate level, and the (employment rights and responsibilities) ERR workbook if not already completed.

Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship you should have completed the Apprenticeship or an equivalent qualification.

At Level 3, you should have five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English 
You should also be working 30 hours per week in a financial or accounting role.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Email for more information.

- 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.


Units are assessed chiefly by computer based tests throughout the academic year.

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

Future opportunities

Accountants assistant, bookkeeper, finance assistant.

Completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship can lead to AAT Level 4 Diploma subject to exam performance and in conjunction with tutor guidance.

AAT accounting qualifications are highly desirable and can lead to rapid progression within the workplace.

After some further study and practical experience, membership of various prestigious chartered accounting bodies beckons together with a range of accountancy and finance diplomas and degrees offered by higher education institutions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendal College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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