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Accountancy and Finance Level 2 Apprenticeship

Course code: XMZS700P

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

Study level: Apprenticeship

Course level: 2

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

1st Aug 2023 - 31st Jul 2024

Course location:

Off Site

Contact details


01235 216 216

An Accountants or Finance Assistant supports the finance team within a business and is responsible for assisting a team of accountants with junior accounting duties.
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 assistants can work in almost any sector.


• 13 months practical training period, plus 3 months for End Point Assessment

Delivery model:

• Work-based training with your employer

• Day release during term time (approx. 26 days per year at Abingdon or Witney)

• Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (7 days at college for each, if required)

• Off the job training will count for at least 6 hours a week of an apprentice’s time at work

Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

• Level 2 Accountants or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

End Point Assessment:

• In-tray test

• Portfolio

• Structured Interview

Course units
What will apprentices learn?

• Awareness of elements of commercial law such as contracts, data protection or Anti Money Laundering

• The importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct

• Awareness of the impact of technology on business and its accounting and finance functions.

• Understanding of own role within the context of your organisation

• Understanding of transactional processes of accounting and their use within a finance function

• Understanding of what makes a business or organisation successful, through either buying or selling products or supplying services to a market

• Understanding of how accounting systems and processes allows a business to keep track of all types of financial transactions

• Knowledge of a range of routine accounts reports, reports and their use within the finance function

• Understanding of the basics of internal control within own organisation

• Awareness of basic accountancy concepts and double entry bookkeeping

• Understanding of bookkeeping controls

• Understanding of the cost recording system within an organisation

• Understanding of the differences between Financial and Management Accounting

• Understanding corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations

• Understanding the importance of the need to keep up to date with relevant policies, procedures, regulatory or system changes

What next?
The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher-level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced and Professional Accounting Qualifications.
Entry criteria
Applicants are likely to have 5 GCSEs A*- C / 9 - 4, including Maths and English, or equivalent, and will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve all elements of the apprenticeship during their programme, including working in a suitable job role.
Fee information
Free to apprentices. This apprenticeship has a £6,000 funding band. Small companies will need to make a contribution of £300; large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy if they have funds available.
Qualifications received
Qualifications included:

• Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths

• AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

• Level 2 Accountants or Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

User skills
What skills will apprentices gain?

• Able to examine data to identify issues and reconcile data to minimise the chance of errors

• Ability to plan and review work, recognise and rectify errors

• Can deal effectively with a range of stakeholders using appropriate communication methods to deliver accurate and timely results

• Can avoid jargon and uses the correct technical terms where appropriate

• Demonstrates good listening and speaking skills to be able to communicate effectively

• Ability to use systems and processes effectively

• Able to use relevant office and accounting software packages to manage data accurately

• Can maintain the security of accounting information

• Ability to organise self, prioritise workload and activity to meet deadlines

• Can actively identify team workload problems and offers to support peers where appropriate

• Able to understand issues beyond own remit

What behaviours will apprentices develop?

• Supports colleagues and collaborates to achieve results

• Builds working relationships within own team and other parts of the organisation

• Awareness of their impact on others

• Successfully implements changes that are required, as directed

• Displays an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement

• Seeks feedback and acts on it to improve their performance

• Looks to behave professionally by adhering to the organisational code of conduct

• Shows a ‘right first time’ and integrity in their approach

• Demonstrates personal pride in the job through appropriate dress and language

• Builds customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organisation

• Delivers excellent service, identifying and meeting or exceeding customer expectations