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Course Length

15 months.

Role Profile

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 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.  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 self-employed.

Typical Job roles

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.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSE’s including maths and English at Grade C/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.


Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship.
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

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.

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.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment 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.

Career Progression

Progression onto the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship.

Higher role within the company, such as an Assistant Accountant Role or Assistant Finance Role.

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