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The Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 2) will take approximately 12+ months to complete. The standard is equivalent to five GCSE’s at grade A-C or 9-4, and is an ideal career progression route into the accounting industry. Typical job roles associated with the programme include Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk, Finance Clerk and Accounting Specialist.

There are no standardised eligibility criteria for this qualification. This means the individual employer will decide if a candidate is suitable.

Start date: Flexible

Typical duration: 12-15 Months

Location: Nationwide (England)

Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Features

Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for your chosen role and industry. To help you with this, you can expect to study the following subject areas:

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Basic Accounting
  • General Business
  • Ethical Standards
  • Uses Systems and Processes
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Off-the-Job Training

For 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties. This is to engage in training related to your post and programme. Known as ‘Off-the-Job Training’, this should take place at a time convenient for both you and your employer.

The qualification is delivered through a blended learning approach. You will be required to make time to see your tutor via remote or face-to-face sessions.

The sessions will take place roughly once per month, usually lasting around 2 hours. The duration of these can be extended for any additional learning or support you require. Your tutor will also provide support and guidance in between each learning session.

You should also expect to carry out self-study and learning as part of the Off-the-Job Training using your iLearner portfolio.

Functional Skills

If you do not have grades A-C/9-4 in GCSE maths and English or equivalent, you will complete Functional Skills alongside the apprenticeship. It is nationally recognised and is completed as part of the apprenticeship.

  • As a Level 2 qualification, you’ll complete Level 1 Functional Skills maths and English. Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English may also be attempted, but achievement is not necessary.
  • The learning will be delivered by one of our dedicated tutors via remote or face-to-face sessions. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments. These may be delivered in a classroom.
  • These sessions will take place once a month, for roughly 2 hours depending on your learning needs.
  • With their expert help, you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your goals.
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The End-Point Assessment

As part of your Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship, an End-Point Assessment (EPA) will be completed to demonstrate your development and growth. You can achieve either a Pass or Distinction based on your final grade.

Showcase Portfolio and Interview

During your apprenticeship you will gather evidence as part of a portfolio to further show your learning.

Forget about lugging around all your work. The online iLearner portfolio system means all your work can be uploaded directly to your account and accessed wherever you go. The system is easy to navigate. Though, full guidance will be provided through our iLearner handbook and from your tutor through one-to-one support.

Once you have completed your portfolio, you will complete a short interview with an independent assessor to discuss the evidence you have gathered. This is a great way to showcase your knowledge, skills and behaviours you have acquired throughout your apprenticeship.

In-Tray Assessment

Once you completed your portfolio and interview you will complete a 90 minute assessment based on a scenario. This assessment includes a mixture of multiple choice questions, based on the scenario presented or written answer questions which require a more detailed response.

Finally, you will be given a task to complete based on the provided scenario. This can include data entry, correction of errors and postings of accounts.

Foundation Certificate in Accounting

While completing your apprenticeship, you will also be required to complete one of the professional qualifications listed below, as chosen by the employer to be more relevant to the job role:

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • ACCA Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting (Level 2)
  • IAB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

*Unless previously achieved or you hold an approved prior qualification. Any prior qualifications must be approved by Apprentice Team Ltd. before enrolment onto the apprenticeship.

Go Further

Once you’ve completed your Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship, there are several progression routes available, dependent on your industry and job role:

You can also progress into a variety of job roles, such as Assistant Accountant, Accounting Technician, Cashier Finance Assistant and many more!

Contact us for further information!

Call us on 01246 278931, email or fill in the contact form below to check availability and for further advice about the next steps.

Our team will be happy to advise you on additional programmes we provide and can help point you in the right direction for any learning requirement not delivered by Apprentice Team Ltd.