An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practise or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition, the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

Apprenticeship Standard: ST0002


Meet our students Josie Badman

Josie Badman

“I enjoy the social aspects of my apprenticeship for example holding meetings and helping the agents on cases. The units have been relevant to my job role which helps me to ensure that I have knowledge to bring to my workplace.”

Meet our students Natasha Mathias

Natasha Mathias

“I love the freedom I’ve been given in my office environment to work and develop. When I first started, I was given my own set of suppliers to manage and deal with. Since then, I’ve been able to confidently contact them and sort out payments, queries etc. I also enjoy how everything I learn in college reflects my role in the office, helping me to further develop my skills.”

Natasha Mathias, Accounting Apprentice

  • Description

    During the course you will gain the knowledge in General business

    • Awareness of elements of commercial law that may have an impact when working in accountancy, such as contracts, data protection or Anti Money Laundering
    • Explain the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct
    • Explain different legal entities and organisational structures.
    • Awareness of the impact of technology on business and its accounting and finance functions. Understanding your organisation
      • Understand own role within the context of your organisation
    • Understand transactional processes of accounting and their use within a finance function
    • Understand what makes a business or organisation successful, through either buying or selling products or supplying services to a market. Accounting systems and processes
    • Understand how accounting systems and processes allows a business to keep track of all types of financial transactions
    • Know a range of routine accounts reports, reports and their use within the finance function
    • Understand the basics of internal control within own organisation. Basic accounting
    • Aware of basic accountancy concepts and double entry bookkeeping
    • Understands bookkeeping controls
    • Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
    • Develop an understanding of the differences between Financial and Management Accounting. Ethical standards
      • Understands corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations
    • Understands the importance of the need to keep up-to-date with relevant policies, procedures, regulatory or system changes. Attention to detail
    • The ability to examine data to identify issues
    • The ability to reconcile data to minimise the chance of errors
    • The ability to plan and review work
    • Recognise and rectifies errors. Communication
    • Deals effectively with a range of stakeholders using appropriate communication methods to deliver accurate and timely results
    • Avoids jargon and uses the correct technical terms where appropriate
    • Demonstrates good listening and speaking skills to be able to communicate effectively in the right manner. Uses systems and processes - Utilises relevant office and accounting software packages to input and manage data accurately
    • Ability to maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and other appropriate security measures.

    An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

  • Entry Requirements

    Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and have no upper age limit. Any vacancies will clearly state what the entry requirements are for the job role being advertised. There will be different entry requirements depending on the company and role.

    A minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including maths and English are recommended for this apprenticeship. Individuals without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

    Candidates should have a willingness to learn independently and apply learning in their current workplace. Access to a computer and basic IT skills are essential to complete assignments and other elements of the programme.

  • Qualification

    Apprenticeship Standard: ST0002 Assistant Accountant

  • Progression

    This standard provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector including Audit Trainee, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller or Tax Accountant.

  • Assessment

    Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their job and career. Apprentices will have their skills, knowledge and behaviours evaluated at the end of their apprenticeship by taking an end-point assessment (EPA). This is known as synoptic assessment. Individuals without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

  • Home Study

    The apprentice is expected to study through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment. The time spent on off-the-job training should be at least 20% and should be included as part of working hours. The employer must allow time to complete the apprenticeship within the working hours, however, some homework may be set by College Tutors or Development Coaches.

  • Work Placement

    This is a work-based programme and is studied as part of an apprenticeship.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, you will not have to fund your own tuition, it is your employer and the government who cover the fees. If you are over 25, you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your training, but it depends on your employer. If you do have to contribute to the cost of training, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    The cost of training an apprentice is dependent on their age and whether or not the business pays the Apprenticeship Levy. There are a range of different grants and incentives available to employers. Contact us for up-to-date information and advice on the funding support available.

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

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