Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include level 1 English and Maths.

If English and maths has not been achieved prior to the apprenticeship start you will need to achieve level 1 English and Maths and have taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Visit Apprenticeship Vacancies on our website and/or login into your Apprenticeship account at https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

What's Involved

You will study the AAT Foundation certificate in accounting (Level 2) as part of your apprenticeship.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional body for Accounting Technicians and is sponsored by four UK Chartered Accountancy bodies. Whether you're about to take your first step on the ladder or think you can get more out of your career, the AAT will give you the knowledge and skills you need to go far and get the rewards you deserve.

The aim of this course is to introduce you to basic financial accounting, cost accounting and computerised accounting to enable you to work effectively in accounting and finance.

Bookkeeping Transactions

Bookkeeping Controls

Elements of Costing

Using Accounting Software

Work Effectively in Finance

Foundation Certificate Synoptic Assessment

Our Accounting qualifications are delivered in partnership with Mindful Education using an online and on campus model. Your study will be blended, spending some time face to face in College and some time learning online.

Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – allowing you to fit your study around work and life commitments. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and can be re-visited as often as you need. Lessons are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life, and exercises and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you will benefit from face-to-face classes (or virtual classroom sessions) at your local partner college with an experienced tutor. A combination of tutor-led lessons, group exercises and discussion help you apply theory to real-life workplace situations.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

This course requires a substantial commitment of time outside of onsite classroom time and you should be prepared to spend approximately 4 5 hours per week on your studies at home, including the time you spend on Mindful resources.

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Course Assessment Method

All of the units within the AAT Foundation certificate in accounting (Level 2) are mandatory: Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sat towards the end of the qualification. The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

Once you have completed your AAT qualification you will progress to your End Point Assessment for the apprenticeship. This consists of a structured interview and an in-tray test.

What's Next

You may wish to progress onto the Level 3 AAT Accounting Diploma or Assistant Accounting Apprenticeship

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: Generic code to identify ILR programme aims
Level: Level 2
Awarding Body: Association of Accounting Technicians
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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