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Apprenticeship

Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Business & Professional Studies
Start Date
Variable
Study Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
12 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level
Level 2

Accounts/Finance Assistants can work in almost any sector. Potential employers include corporate businesses, sole traders, partnerships, public sector, not-for-profit organisations and educational institutions. Accounts/Finance Assistants may work in-house for an organisation or they may work for an accountancy firm, bookkeeping practice or be self-employed. An Accounts/Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within the business.

Entry requirements

Employment in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 3 GCSE’s including Maths and English at grade 4 or equivalent. Previous knowledge of accounting or a Level 1 Bookkeeping qualification would be advantageous but not essential.

Employers may also set their own entry requirements depending on the role.

What will I study?

The Accounts/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/Finance Assistant'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.

Typical job roles could include: Accounts Assistant, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Administrator, Business Accounts Administrator, Finance Assistant Junior, Cost Accountant Assistant, Assistant Bookkeeper, Junior Cashier, Junior Credit Control Clerk, Data Input Clerk, Accounts receivable Clerk, General Administrator, Bank Reconciliation Clerk, Cash Poster and Finance Administrator.

Method of delivery

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and will adopt a blended learning approach combining online learning and face-to-face lessons. Online lessons can be accessed at any time using a mobile, tablet or desktop.

Apprentices receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College through a combination of classroom-based lessons, group exercises and discussions. Apprentices attend College once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

How will I be assessed?

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) consists of:

Structured Interview (supported by a portfolio of evidence.)

In-Tray test (which replicates the typical work on Accounts/Finance Assistant will have to manage in a workplace.)

Additional Costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship Level 2.
AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2 which covers a range of key areas including:

• Bookkeeping transactions
• Bookkeeping controls
• Elements of costing
• Working effectively in finance
• Computerised accounts

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or
A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Progression onto the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship. Higher role within the company, such as an Assistant Accountant role or Assistant Finance role.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368
Email: businesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk

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