Apprenticeship Standard level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults

Details

An Accounts/Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. 

The Accounts/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.

You could be working on a variety of financial activities from bills and expenses to payroll and taxes. 

Employment possibilities for you includes accounts assistant/clerk, cashier and sales ledger clerk.

This level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSEs graded at levels 9 to 4.

Typically this apprenticeship will take 12-14 months to complete.

Course content 

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Knowledge component)

This element of the programme is delivered within the college over the academic year with various starting points, the modules within the qualification are; 

  • Bookkeeping transactions 
  • Bookkeeping controls 
  • Elements of costing 
  • Using accounting software 
  • Work effectively in finance 
  • Foundation synoptic assessment 

Competency portfolio construction (Skills and behaviour components)

This element of the programme is delivered within apprentices’ workplace, and is a collaborative approach from employers and the college. This will enable all apprentices to demonstrate occupation competency and develop all required skills and professional behaviours.

Functional skills

Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and taken the test for level 2 prior to taking their end point assessment. 

End Point Assessment

All apprenticeship standards require apprentices to complete an end point assessment to successfully achieve the apprenticeship qualification. For this apprenticeship standard the end point assessment is; 

  • An in tray test of knowledge components
  • Structured interview that assesses skills and behaviours documented within the competency portfolio. 

What have apprentices who have completed this programme in the past progressed to?

Progression opportunities include; 

  • A clearly defined and progressive career path
  • Professional accreditation 
  • Advancement to accountancy specialisms. 
  • Further apprenticeship study 

How you will learn

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Knowledge component)

The programme is structured on a modular basis and each module is delivered using a range of techniques including; lectures, case studies and discussions. 

1-2-1 assessment and support to evidence the behaviours, skill and knowledge elements will take place in your workplace, at mutually convenient times and dates with your assessor. 

How you will be assessed

Your knowledge will be assessed through on line exams for the AAT units and any functional skills you need to take. 

The skills and behaviours will be assessed through a portfolio of work based evidence

End Point Assessment will include; 

  • An in tray test of knowledge components
  • Structured interview that assesses skills and behaviours documented within the competency portfolio. 

The college will also conduct pre EPA assessments in collaboration with employers and apprentices to ensure all apprentices are competent when progressing onto end point assessment.

Equipment and other costs 

No additional costs will be incurred by apprentices or employers, unless specified within the commitment statement. 

What qualification do I get on completing this course? 

An institute for apprenticeships regulated: 

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Accounts/Finance Assistant

For further information or to apply please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 020 7258 5658 or email apprenticeships@cwc.ac.uk

 

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Level 2 Apprenticeship Accounts/Finance Assistant

Is there additional work required by the student?

All apprentices are required to allocate 20% of their weekly working hours towards the completion of the apprenticeship programme. 

Entry Requirements

What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

We will undertake an assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you. It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade 4/C or above. 

Expected prior knowledge

You do not need prior knowledge but must be working in an Accounts/Finance Assistant role and have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week.

Support

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here