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Accountancy Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Bedford College Accountancy Level 3 Apprenticeship

You will learn the accounting principles, experience accounting software and gain an insight into accounting business environments. You must be employed full-time in a related job role before applying for this Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships at Bedford College

Entry requirements

You must be employed full-time in a job role relating to your course. We recommend a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths. You will also need a Level 2 AAT qualification and good knowledge of double-entry bookkeeping.

Course content

You will study:

  • Accounts preparation
  • Ethics
  • Costs and revenues
  • Indirect tax
  • Spreadsheets.

There are the following elements, all of which must be achieved to pass the full Apprenticeship:

  • Competency-based element at Level 3
  • Knowledge-based element at Level 3
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths.


Accounting AAT Level 3 Diploma


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

Further study and career options

Accounting technicians are skilled staff employed in jobs ranging from clerks to accounts department managers. They are increasingly required in industry and commerce, so if you have AAT qualifications at any level your prospects will be extremely good. On successful completion you can progress on to our Level 4 Diploma in accounting.

Future job roles can include:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts clerk
  • Cashier
  • Credit control clerk
  • Data input clerk
  • Finance assistant
  • Purchase ledger clerk
  • Sales ledger clerk.

Additional information

These professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. You will need to buy set books and join the AAT.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. If you are in the Bedford area, please call us on 01234 291000 for more information. If you are in the Luton area, please make an enquiry on the Luton Training Centre page.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 year Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs.
19+? Ring 01234 291000
Bedford College or Luton Training Centre E1799

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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