Completion of the Apprenticeship and Progression

An Apprenticeship has to last a minimum of 1 year and 1 week – i.e. 372 days. This is to ensure that there is the opportunity for substantial learning and skills development to have taken place.

However, we will discuss with you at the outset, the length of time that will be most appropriate for your apprentice. On average, programme durations will be:

13 months +

Accounts / Finance Apprenticeship (Level 2)

13 - 16 months

Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship (Level 3)

13 - 18 months

Professional Accounting Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Apprenticeship course durations can be flexed at the time of sign up. However, once signed up and processed on the ESFA system, we cannot change the “Planned End Date”, although it is perfectly possible to complete the programme before the PED, if an apprentice makes faster progress than planned, provided the duration is at least 372 days.

When an Apprentice is ready to sit their End Point Assessment, they are deemed to have reached “The Gateway”, at which point they require no further training and the requirement for off the job training (and complying with the 20% rule) ceases. The EPA comprises two elements:

EPA FOR L2 Apprenticeship

The Structured Interview / Professional Discussions / Written Statements are supported by submission of a portfolio of evidence and reflective journals and are cross referenced to a comprehensive series of Learning Outcomes.

The AAT unit exams can be sat on demand throughout the year.

The Apprenticeship has been “Completed” when the two elements of the EPA has been completed, not when the results are received.


Please click below for more information about our ACA Level 7 Apprenticeship programme.