Audit AAT Apprenticeship James Cowper Kreston

If university isn’t the right choice for you and you have a genuine interest in accountancy and finance, we are offering a three-year apprenticeship to achieve the AAT accounting qualification (Level 3 & 4). The role will involve preparing audit documentation and carrying out basic audit tests as part of a team.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Paid time off for study, college and exams / 23 days annual holiday, plus birthday as extra day off / pension scheme / flexible benefits scheme including cycle to work, dental insurance / free flu jabs / internal buddy and line manager support system

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5:30pm.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    07 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Prepare audit planning documentation for review by the supervisor and to carry out internal control, system and walkthrough tests.
  • Carrying out basic audit tests as part of a team in relation to other statutory and non-statuory audits and due diligence work.
  • Attend simple stock takes
  • Build trusted relationships with clients liaising with them to answer general queries.

The training you will be getting

  • Professional accounting or taxation technician level 4
  • You will become AAT qualified
  • Training will be a mix of classroom based courses and self-study.
  • Classroom sessions will be block release and generally take place be at our training provider's premises in central Reading.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • After acheiveing the AAT qualifcation you can go on to study either ACA or ACCA.
  • Plus progression to Audit Senior, then Manager and potentially follow a route all the way to being a Partner in the firm. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Grade 5 or higher) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 5 or higher) Essential
A Level or equivalent All subjects excl General Studies (Grade 3 A-levels Grade A*-C) Essential

About the employer

James Cowper Kreston is a leading firm of accountants and business advisers, with offices in Newbury, Reading, Oxford, Southampton and London. We are passionate about enabling our clients and staff to maximise their potential, meaning that we approach everyone as an individual, not with a pre-set script. For over 100 years we have been working with clients, not just as accountants ensuring audit, accounts and tax compliance, but as an integral part of their team offering a full range of advisory services, working with them to unlock and maximise available opportunities. With over 200 staff we have a strong team ethic but always recognise the individual contributions to the team’s performance. That’s why we make a great investment in individual career development and help you maximise your potential. As a result, you can be assured that you will receive all the support and encouragement you need from us to kick-start an exciting career in taxation. So why not start your career with James Cowper Kreston?


James Cowper Kreston


Reading Bridge House

George Street




Sarah Pearce

07388 945384

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Professional accounting or taxation technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply, follow the link and complete our quick and easy online application form. Successful applicants will be invited to one of our Assessment Days where you will undertake various activities individually and in a group with other candidates. If you impress us at the Assessment Day, we will then invite you to join our new intake of students starting in late August.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2024