Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2

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    Part Time

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    15 Months

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    September 2024


The Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship will equip apprentices with skills and knowledge that can be directly applied in their roles.

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

This apprenticeship and is ideal for team members who assist with financial tasks and undertake junior accounting duties. Apprentices will learn foundation bookkeeping and accounting software skills.

An Accounts or finance assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. The Accounts or finance assistant is responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. These can vary massively depending on the team structure and size of business. An Accounts or finance assistantโ€™s work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry.

The structure allows students to achieve the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation Certificate in Accounting as their on-programme learning. This internationally recognised AAT qualification enables those working in accounting or those looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

What will I do?

Throughout the Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship you will cover a range of key areas, including:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment

You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship are five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above), including English and Maths ideally at grade 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above) or equivalent.

You may also enter this course with a Merit at First Diploma Level in a related subject along with a Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English certificate.

You will also need to be in a relevant job role.

Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and taken the test for level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

The Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship will take you 15 months to complete.

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model. Apprentices will attend college fortnightly as well as study online materials during allotted time at work on alternating weeks.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop - meaning apprentices can fit their study around work commitments, minimising disruption in the workplace. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, apprentices benefit from face-to-face classes at college with an experienced tutor. A combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussion encourage apprentices to apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

This modern, flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and delivers tangible results in the workplace.

As an Apprentice, you will pay no course fees. However, your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage (please see below).

For information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext 3248.

There are different rates of pay for apprentices depending on your age and what year of your apprenticeship youโ€™re in.

Aged 16 to 18.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is ยฃ5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and in your first year.

The current National Minimum Wage rate for an apprentice is ยฃ5.28 per hour.

Aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Youโ€™re entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

If you are an employer and want to find out more information regarding employer contributions and any further costs related to the Apprenticeship programme, please call our dedicated Apprenticeship team on 01205 365701 ext. 3248.

To complete the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete:

  • A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard
  • A portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the workplace to show that the Apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualifications via apprenticeship training or through part-time courses (Level 3 and then on to Level 4).

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant, Credit Control Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk.

How to Apply.

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