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Apprenticeship Standard 488 - Level 2 Accounts/ Finance Assistant

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Apprenticeship Standard 488 - Level 2 Accounts/ Finance Assistant Available for Enquiries
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Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Location Workplace
Level Level 2
Start Date September
Duration 12 months
Mode of Study Apprenticeship
Awarding Body AAT
Offering Code ASL2ACC1S000
Course Overview This apprenticeship is for capable individuals wishing to pursue a career in accounting and/or finance through the combination of actual employment and the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications.
What you will Study

At least 20% of your working week for the duration of the apprenticeship must be spent carrying out new learning relating to the apprenticeship standards. To support you in achieving this, you will study the AAT Level 2 Accounting Certificate:

Introduction to Bookkeeping
Principles of Bookkeeping
Principles of Costing
The Business Environment (This will be assessed within the synoptic exam taken at the end of the course)

As part of your End Point Assessment, you will be required to take an In-tray test and attend a remote interview with AAT. The interview will require you to discuss and reflect on your portfolio of evidence you will have prepared throughout the year.

How you will Learn The majority of your skills and knowledge will be developed through your employer and the job that you do. This will be complemented and supported by your planned training programme incorporating attendance on the College's courses in Accounting and Functional Skills. All learning must be recorded to demonstrate you are achieving at least 20% of your working week to off the job learning, a requirement of the apprenticeship. This will be discussed and agreed with you and your employer at the start of the apprenticeship.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Assessment will be continuous and take place in both the workplace and the College. There will be a combination of computer-based assessments and projects or work-based evidence.
Entry Requirements

Certificate evidence of English and maths at level 1 or GCSE grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4). If you do not have these, we can support the development of your English and maths skills through completion of Functional Skills in the relevant subject and one-to-one support. Most employers look for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

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.

Attendance Expectations

You will be required to attend taught sessions of the AAT Level 2 Accounting Certificate – Mondays 9:00am-4:30pm.

You must be able to achieve the Apprenticeship within the period 12 - 14 months.

You are also required to meet regularly with your apprenticeship assessor in your place of work for reviews on progress and workplace assessments to take place.

If you are undertaking Functional Skills as part of your apprenticeship, you will be required to attend Castleford Campus for a week block of teaching, per Functional Skill subject. This will be discussed at your enrolment and induction.

Fee Information

Please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 01924 789469 or email

In addition to the apprenticeship fees, each apprentice will need to be registered and have paid for AAT membership at the start of the course. This is payable directly to AAT and cannot be funded through apprenticeship levy/funds. It is the responsibility of the employer and/or apprentice to pay this separately upon starting the apprenticeship. Membership fees are available on the AAT website (£172).

Any re-sit examinations for the AAT qualification will incur additional costs which must be paid before the resit can be taken. Resits are charged at £60-£65.

Additional Course Costs

The cost of the text books, AAT registration fee.

To Pay direct to AAT Registration fees will also be payable direct to AAT for all students of any age. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost which must be paid before the resit can be taken.

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.
Further Study On completion, the apprentice will be able to apply for the most appropriate level of professional membership aligned within this apprenticeship (Advanced Level 3 apprenticeship)
How to Apply

Please complete an apprenticeship application form.

If you require an application form, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111 or The Apprenticeship Team on 01924 789469

For Further Details

Please contact Apprenticeship Recruitment on 01924 789469 or email

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