Okay, I'm not trying to be elitist here, so please don't take what I'm about to write in that manner.
I come from a fairly traditional ACA training route - A levels, decent uni, then ACA training.
I'm now considering taking on an apprentice - probably AAT, with one afternoon a week spent at the local further education college. The applicants for such apprentices are usually school leavers, with a wide range of exam subjects, and perhaps an average of a C grade in their GCSEs.
Now obviously exam grades aren't everything (or even the main thing) and I'm far more interested in enthusiasm, diligence and integrity. However, they are part of what I have to look at.
From your experience, what's the minimum level academic standard you'd look for? It's a tricky one. With someone even part-qualified I'd be more interested in their exam progression within the AAT, but I might not have the luxury of that information.
Thanks, as always, for your input.