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Accounts/ Finance Assistant Level 2 Standard


Approx. duration: 12-18 months

Start date: September

Attendance: One day a week at the Ipswich Campus

Entry requirements: Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come in and undertake an interview or assessment. Entry onto the Apprenticeship is subject to 4 GCSEs including Maths and English 9-3/A-E or a commitment to undertake Level 2 Maths and English. Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.

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

Progression: 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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