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Accounting apprenticeships

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What is an accounting apprenticeship?

An accounting apprenticeship combines professional qualifications with on-the-job experience working as an accountant. And you’ll earn while you learn.

An accounting apprenticeship is a paid job where you’ll couple at least 20% of your working hours in off-the-job learning with hands-on experience working in an accounting role.

You’ll spend the rest of your working hours doing client work and learning from experienced colleagues. On completion of the accounting apprenticeship you’ll have a recognised qualification.

PKF Francis Clark rank 28th on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list for 2023, compiled by the Department for Education.

How does an apprenticeship work?

Which accounting apprenticeship is right for me?

Paths to becoming a qualified accountant or tax adviser

University of Plymouth graduates joined in graduate accounting jobs

We offer the level 3 and level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians qualifications, popularly known as AAT accountancy apprenticeships, which together typically take two and a half to three years to complete. These are globally recognised qualifications, popular with non-graduates, including school and college leavers, and career changers. The entry requirement for the AAT accounting apprenticeship is 112 UCAS points.

You can progress from AAT to further professional qualifications – once you have AAT level 4 or a degree at 2:2 or above then you are eligible to study for your Chartered Accountant and/or Chartered Tax Adviser qualifications.

Chartered Accountant (ACA) is a level 7 qualification, it combines technical training with advanced business and leadership skills. It takes three years to complete and is recognised by The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) is a level 7 qualification and the highest level of tax qualification available in the UK. It takes three years to complete and is recognised by The Chartered Institute of Taxation.

To find out more about applying for any of these accounting apprenticeships see our info about the apprenticeship recruitment process.

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