AAT Certificate in Accounting - Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship
About the course
Want to become an accountant or work in finance? The accounting apprenticeship is your route to an exciting professional career. Accounting apprenticeships train accountants to work in finance departments and accountancy firms. You can gain a recognised qualification and professional skills while you earn a salary in some of the best companies around.
The Introductory Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles by giving you a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. After successful completion you can move up to the next apprenticeship levels and achieve the AAT Accounting Qualification.
- Accounting apprenticeships are open to anyone who is 16 years old or older, who is not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit - in fact mature apprenticeships are increasingly popular for people changing careers.
- To apply for a Level 2 apprenticeship you must have achieved Level 1 qualification previously.
The Introductory Certificate in Accounting covers the following five units:
- Basic costing
- Processing payments and receipts
- Preparing invoices
- Completing bank reconciliations
- Effective business communications and skills including letters, memos and informal reports
In addition to the usual learning methods of your AAT qualification (such as online or distance learning, or classroom study) there are many ways that you'll learn within the workplace:
- Feedback and mentoring
- Briefings, product updates
- Competence and key skills assessments
- 1-2-1 teaching and coaching for the apprentice - side-by-side training
- Job shadowing
- Required assignment work and study
- Review meetings
- 1-2-1s and appraisals
- Pre-course preparation work
An apprenticeship level takes around 12 to 18 months to complete. Once completed you may wish to progress to the next apprenticeship level. It will take 3-4 years to complete all three levels of an accounting apprenticeship.
There are five computer-based assessments - one for each unit.
After completing the Level 2 qualification you can progress and complete the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.
“Being at Plan UK has exposed me to a variety of departments which has allowed me to gain a wider understanding of what my future career could entail."
Studied: BTEC Diploma in Business Administration
While working as a HR Apprentice at Plan UK, Reece plans to use the skills he has learnt through his apprenticeship to work his way up in his next position.
“Being at Plan UK has exposed me to a variety of departments which has allowed me to gain a wider understanding of what my future career could entail. I am involved in everything from recruitment to payroll.
“The best part about getting an apprenticeship scheme is getting paid while working towards a qualification and, for me, knowing that there’s a job at the end of it. My short term goal is to get a permanent role for job security after my apprenticeship ends while utilising my skills learnt at Plan to progress in the longer term.
"My tutor at the College, Ravinder Sokhal, has been instrumental in offering support with getting a job after my contract expires.”
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