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Overview

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the internationally recognised AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting as well as completing your valuable apprenticeship. 

The Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship is a Level 2 programme, equivalent to GCSEs, and will equip you as an apprentice, with skills and knowledge that can be directly applied into your role. We offer the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting as the regulated qualification for this apprenticeship. An apprenticeship at this level is ideal for team members who assist with financial tasks and undertake junior accounting duties.  

This apprenticeship offers a great qualification to prepare you for junior and entry-level accounting roles, giving you a solid foundation in areas such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and more in-depth knowledge about the business environment.  

This flexible apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with the award-winning online learning platform from Mindful Education and combines online learning with tutor-led workshops on a fortnightly basis. 


Entry requirements

To be an apprentice, you will need to be employed in a relevant finance, bookkeeping or accounting role.  

Students can start with any qualification depending on existing skills and experience. There are no formal entry requirements, but we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. 

Before choosing your level of study, we will require you to visit the AAT website to complete the skills checker test to gauge your current knowledge.

You can access the AAT's skills checker here: AAT Skillcheck | AAT 

What’s involved

This qualification will prepare apprentices for junior and entry level accounting roles by delivering a solid foundation in finance administration.

There are four units of study, these modules are: 

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping 

  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls 

  • 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. As an apprentice, you will also be required to complete the End Point Assessment (EPA). 

Duration

The duration of the Accounts / Finance Assistant Apprenticeship is split into two distinct areas.

You will be on programme studying for your AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualification for 12 months, followed by a 3 month “window” to complete your EPA. In total, you will be on your apprenticeship for around 15 months. 

Assessment

How will you be assessed?

Exams:

Module units each have their own computer-based exam. Computer marked assessments results will be received within 48 hours of your assessment. Any assessment that contains human-marked elements can take up to 6 weeks to be returned. Your exams can take place at any AAT Exam Venue, including Reed Business School. 

Off-the-job-training: 

As a requirement of your apprenticeship being funded, you are required to complete 20% of your working week in off-the-job training. Your hours can be recorded and tracked allowing you to complete this element of your studies. You will also have quarterly progress reviews with a learning coach/assessor to evaluate your progress towards your Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours (KSB’s). These reviews are a 3-way discussion between apprentice, employer, and provider. 

What is the End Point Assessment? 

The EPA for this apprenticeship will consist of two parts. 

Part 1: You will be required to submit a portfolio of work evidence that you have gathered during your apprenticeship. The portfolio is then used to support and will be discussed during a structured interview with an AAT assessor. The interview will last for 60 minutes and will focus on the portfolio you have completed during the on-programme learning element of your apprenticeship. This interview will be conducted remotely via the AAT Smart End Point Assessment (SEPA) platform.  

Part 2: An in-tray test overview. The test will be computer based, and last for 105 minutes, this includes 15 minutes at the beginning for the apprentice to review the information provided. The test will be made up of a combination of questions and data evaluations covering the knowledge and skills identified as applicable to the assessment method within the grading criteria. 

The End Point Assessment takes place once you have completed all the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship and have your completed portfolio to enter “Gateway” at 12 months. 

Pricing & Funding

AAT Level 2 apprenticeship Accounts/Finance Assistant - £7,000 

For levy-paying employers, the apprenticeship will be funded through the digital Apprenticeship Service account.  

For non-levy paying employers, government funding will be applied for to cover up to 100% of the course value, subject to circumstances. 

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