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Accounts or Finance Assistant Level 2 Standard


Approx. duration: 15 months

Start date: September and January

Attendance: One day a week at the Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements:

  • Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants
  • Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a                 week and have a contract of employment
  • Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough skills scan               assessment to clarify course suitability
  • Apprentices must achieve Functional Skills Level 1 in English                     and/or Maths if they have a GCSE grade below Grade 2 or E.                     Additionally, they should demonstrate a commitment to working               towards and completing the Level 2 exam before reaching the                   End-point assessment
  • Apprentices who have already achieved GCSE grade 2 or                           Functional Level 1 in English and/or Maths will need to                                 demonstrate a willingness to work towards and successfully                     complete the Level 2 exam prior to the End-point assessment

On programme learning: 

  • Accounts or Finance Assistant Standard
  • English and Maths (if required) Level 2
  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

End-point assessment:

Delivered by AAT


On completion of this Apprenticeship, an Accounts/Finance assistant will have the opportunity to progress within the industry in a range of roles such as Accounts Assistant, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Administrator, Assistant Bookkeeper and Data input Clerk.

Course Summary: 

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

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. Potential employers include corporate businesses, sole traders, partnerships, Public sector, not-for-profit organisations and educational institutions. Accounts or finance assistant may work in-house for an organisation or they might work for an accountancy firm, bookkeeping practice, Shared Service provider, self-employed or on behalf of several different clients.

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