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Level 2 Apprenticeship

Accounts or Finance Assistant

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 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 or finance assistant can work in almost any sector.

Apprenticeship information

  • Entry requirements

    A minimum of grade 4/3 (D) in Maths and four GCSEs at Grade 4/3 (D) or above, including English are required. You may have to complete your English and Maths Functional Skills depending on your GCSE grades. OR experience working in an accounting environment.

  • Where will I study?

    Training 2000 Blackburn

  • Duration

    12 - 15 months - one day per week

Our Apprenticeship includes:

  • Structured delivery programme that includes one day in the classroom per week at our Blackburn/ Preston site comprising of knowledge and tutorial sessions
  • Assessor visits and reviews in your workplace
  • Access to learning on e-portfolio

What you'll learn

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General business

  • Aware of elements of commercial law that may have an impact when working in accountancy, such as contracts, data protection or Anti Money Laundering
  • Can explain the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct
  • Can explain different legal entities and organisational structures
  • Aware of the impact of technology on business and its accounting and finance functions

Understanding your organisation

  • Understand own role within the context of your organisation
  • Understand transactional processes of accounting and their use within a finance function
  • Understand what makes a business or organisation successful, through either buying or selling products or supplying services to a market

Accounting systems and processes

  • Understand how accounting systems and processes allows a business to keep track of all types of financial transactions
  • Know a range of routine accounts reports, reports and their use within the finance function
  • Understand the basics of internal control within own organisation

Basic accounting

  • Aware of basic accountancy concepts and double entry bookkeeping
  • Understands bookkeeping controls
  • Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
  • Develop an understanding of the differences between Financial and Management Accounting

Ethical standards

  • Understands corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations
  • Understands the importance of the need to keep up-to-date with relevant policies, procedures, regulatory or system changes

Next steps

On completion of this course you may want to consider the following options to further your career.

Where can you progress to?

Frequently asked questions

Association of Accounting Technicians and is a highly recognised professional accounting qualification.

The AAT qualification is equal to a Level 4. This is similar to an access course in the first year of university.

The salary ranges from £20,000 for a Level 2 apprentice up to £37,000 when you are fully qualified. Some accounting technicians open up their own accounting practices and work for themselves. The earning potential is then unlimited, the more clients you engage the more you make.

You will have a dedicated Career Development Advisor, our Functional Skills tutors and Learner Support Officers. You will also be supported by your Manager/ mentor at your workplace.

At the moment all our classes are online, but normally we offer classes at our Blackburn site or at Preston (UCLan).

Yes, approximately every 12 weeks you will have an AAT exam.

Interested?
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