Tax Apprenticeships

The Level 4 Professional Taxation Technician (ATT) and Level 7 Taxation Professional (CTA) Apprenticeships help trainees gain essential knowledge and skills in finance, tax and business.

  • Apprentices gain a recognised qualification
  • Employers can access the Apprenticeship Levy
The Apprenticeship Levy explained

Find out how the Apprenticeship Levy works and how it can be applied to tax training.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

From 1 April 2017, the government reformed the way apprenticeships are funded. They introduced the Apprenticeship Levy for large businesses and a co-investment scheme for smaller businesses.

The levy is set at 0.5% of an employer's pay bill (where the pay bill is over £3m per annum) and is managed through an online Apprenticeship Service account. For apprenticeship training and assessment in England, the government applies a 10% top up to the funds in the Apprenticeship Service account, so every £1 will be increased to £1.10.

Levy payers can use the levy payment to purchase apprenticeship training and assessment through a government-approved training provider.

For employers not paying the levy (or where there are not enough funds in their Levy Account), there is co-investment. The employer pays 10% of the apprenticeship training costs and the Government pays the rest, up to a maximum funding cap.

How is training delivered

What is a Tax Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a genuine jobs with the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and develop the right skills to build a fantastic foundation in a future career.

For tax, this means the ATT qualifcation can be done as part of the Level 4 Professional Taxation Technician apprenticeship.

The CTA qualification can be done as part of the Level 7 Taxation Professional apprenticeship.

On Programme Assessment

The On Programme Assessment is the learning phase where apprentices gain relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours as set out in the Apprenticeship standard, and start to put these into practice in their jobs.

It is during the On Programme Assessment phase that students will sit the ATT examinations as part of the level 4, or the CTA examinations as part of the level 7.


Level 4 Knowledge – covered by the ATT examinationsLevel 7 Knowledge – covered by the CTA examinations
Technical knowledge Assurance, risk and control
Business awareness Business acumen
Ethical standards Financial information
Regulation and compliance Legislation, standards and principles
Systems and process Strategic business management and governance


Level 4 SkillsLevel 7 Skills
Analysis of information Building relationships
Communication skills Business Insight
Leadership potential Communication
Planning and prioritisation of tasks Ethics and Integrity
Produces quality and accurate information Leadership
Ability to work within a team and collaborate effectively Problem solving and decision making


Level 4 BehavioursLevel 7 Behaviours
Adaptability Adds value
Adds value Continuous improvement
Ethics and integrity Flexibility
Proactivity Professional scepticism
Professional scepticism  

End-point assessment

At the end of the apprenticeship, the employer and training provider will agree that the apprentice is ready for the final stage and they will pass through the “gateway” onto end-point assessment. The end-point assessment provides an opportunity for apprentices to demonstrate they have gained competence in all areas of the apprenticeship standard.

Level 4 End Point AssessmentLevel 7 End Point Assessment

A portfolio of evidence collating during the apprenticeship showcasing their understanding and practical experience at each competency.
Synoptic Case Study

The Case Study synoptically assesses the apprentices understanding of complex business/individual issues and apply knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Reflective Statement

An opportunity to look back and reflect on the apprenticeship journey as a whole and document went well well, what they would do differently, what they learnt.
Project Report

A series of 3-4 critical and evaluative skills and behaviours questions based on their work experience.
Role Simulation

Students must sit a simulation of business related tasks reflective of a typical role at this level. It synoptically assesses the application of knowledge, skills and behaviours required from employers.

Partner with Tolley for your apprenticeship programme

Tolley Exam Training has always demonstrated expertise and commitment to helping student pass professional taxation examinations. Now Tolley is on the Register of Apprenticeship Providers. Find out why you should partner with us for your taxation apprenticeship programme...

Best-in-class tax tutors

We work with industry leading tutors who specialise in tax training. Plus our expert writers create engaging and comprehensive study manuals to help students understand the fundamental principles of tax.

Exceptional exam pass rates

Year on year, Tolley students achieve exceptional exam results that significantly surpass the national average. You can expect this same high level of success from our apprenticeship programmes.

Support tools for both students and employers

The Tolley Online Academy allows students to access all study materials at anytime from anywhere. Students and training managers can also monitor progress online.

Training centres convenient to you

Our regional training centres allow you to study at a place convenient to you. Locations include London, Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol, Leeds, Maidstone, Manchester and Newcastle.

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