Apprenticeship Assistant Account (Level 3)
Business, Administration and Law
What will you be working towards?
An apprenticeship in accounting will help you to develop your skills in the field of accountancy and finance to an intermediate level. It offers you the opportunity to gain the skills required by employers, while achieving a national recognised qualification. Throughout the programme you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial services sector, helping you to make informed financial decisions weighing up challenges and risks.
Apprenticeships combine on the job and off the job training. On the job, an apprentice will work with an employers mentor or line manager, learning the skills on site and working towards the competency element of the qualifications. Off the job, apprentices work with their assessor and have access to resources, such as a workbook, to ensure they learn the knowledge elements of the framework. If the required level of Maths, English and ICT qualifications have not been previously achieved or where qualifications are no longer in date, apprentices must also complete functional skill qualifications in these subjects. These would be completed through agreed delivery methods and support including classroom, distance learning, e-learning and assessor support. This framework will enable learners to develop their accountancy skills, knowledge and experience. It also enables an individual to gain valuable work experience and obtain qualifications whilst working with a local employer. Units you may study include: Understanding finance administration Knowledge and skills in book keeping Understanding basic costing Knowledge and skills in journals and banking systems Knowledge and skills in computerised accounts, planning and communication How to utilise spreadsheets Employability skills You will attend College one day per week to develop gain underpinning knowledge required for your framework components. Your employer will provide on the job training to develop your practical skills.
How will it be delivered?
The apprenticeship will primarily be assessed by direct observation of your work practice, oral questioning, written assignments, professional discussion, learning journal/diary and witness testimony. Your assessor from College will visit you in the workplace on a regular basis to support you throughout your apprenticeship. Functional skills are assessed through external tests. Where possible these tests will be taken on the day you attend College. However, you may have to attend on a different day subject to the timetabling of external assessments.
There are no formal entry requirements, however GCSEs in English and Maths at grade 9-4 or A*-C are desirable. If you haven't already achieved a GCSE grade 4 or grade C in English or maths, then you will study either GCSE or Functional Skills English or Maths alongside your other qualifications.
Your next steps...
After completing your course you could progress on to study business, finance, accounting and related fields at university. Alternatively, you could progress on to a higher level apprenticeship. Studying accounting could lead to a career as an accountant, administrator, finance manager, auditor and many other opportunities.