An Accounting Technician will work for a company to prepare the financial information required by the accountant or business manager to enable them to make decisions this may include assisting in preparation of accounts, processing and paying invoices, preparing ledgers, preparing tax and VAT returns, dealing with company expenses etc.
You can get into this job by:
There is no set entry route to become an accounting technician but it may be useful to do a relevant qualification like:
- Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
- Foundations in Accountancy accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Entry requirements will vary for these courses. There will also be a cost for the courses but bursaries are available.
If you are aged 16-18 it may be useful if you studied a relevant course like, Business Foundation Diploma Level 3 or Business Studies.
You will usually need:
4 or 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course.
The following local colleges offer courses in Business:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course. Maths, Economics and BTEC Business are desirable qualifications to consider.
You could do:
- an advanced apprenticeship as an assistant accountant
- a higher apprenticeship as a professional accounting / taxation technician
You will usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.
Employers are likely to look for up to five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. A level business studies, maths, economics, or equivalent qualifications, could also be useful.
Previous experience of office work or working in an accounts or finance department would be helpful. Experience of using accounting software or spreadsheets could also give you an advantage when looking for work.
You could start as an accounts clerk or bookkeeper while you study to become an accounting technician.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could move into management or become self-employed and work on accounts for small businesses. You could also study to become a qualified accountant.
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- Credit controller
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- Excellent maths skills
- Good problem solving abilities
- IT skills
- Methodical and logical approach
- The ability to work as part of a team
- Discretion and honesty
£18,000 to £30,000