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15 months


This Apprenticeship delivers a solid foundation in finance administration and core accounting skills, including double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing and an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers.

Students will also learn about accountancy related business and personal skills and be introduced to the four key themes embedded in the qualification they will undertake alongside their Apprenticeship: ethics, technology, communications and sustainability.

On completion they can progress on to the Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship Standard.

Am I ready to start?

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

What does the course involve?

This apprenticeship standard is at Level 2, which delivers a solid foundation in finance administration and core accounting skills. The structure allows students to achieve the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting as their on programme learning. 

To complete the Accounts or Finance assistant apprenticeship, apprentices will be expected to complete:

  1. Structured Interview (supported by a portfolio of evidence)
  2. In-tray test

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts payable clerk

Skips the costs of university with an accounting apprenticeship: a debt free route to employment.

Earn while you learn.

Achieve an internationally recognised accounting qualification.

Boost your career prospects: 83% of apprentices feel it positively improved their career prospects. 

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

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