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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.

The Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship is at Level 2 – equivalent to GCSEs – and will equip apprentices with skills and knowledge that can be directly applied in their roles. 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. This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

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.

This qualification will prepare apprentices for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and using accounting software.

This apprenticeship standard is at level 2. 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.

Example modules

The Level 2 apprenticeship covers 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.

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.

Mindful Education
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this apprenticeship through our Online and On Campus model. Apprentices will attend college once every two weeks and will study online materials during allotted time at work.

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.

How will I be assessed?

To complete the Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete the End-Point Assessment (EPA):

  • 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 work-place 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.

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

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).

Career opportunities

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.

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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