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Why Accountancy?

Accounting roles exist across all industries. All organisations, large or small, private or public sector, profit- or non-profit-making need accountants to manage their finances. There are also a lot of accountants working in private practice providing audit, taxation and other accounting services.


Each Accounting Apprenticeship is recognised by employers throughout the UK. By completing this Apprenticeship you will enhance your accountancy skills and be able confidently to deal with a wide range of accounting tasks across all industrial sectors. This will demonstrate to an employer that you have gained the right knowledge and experience to help them in their business and encourage them to invest in you and your career.

Qualification and Level

The Accounting Apprenticeship are:

  • Intermediate Level 2 Accounting Framework (AAT Certificate 2 in Accounting - QCF Framework)
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Assistant Accountant – See separate Course Information Guide
  • Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard for Professional Accounting/Tax Technician – See separate Course Information Guide.

What will be studied?

For the Intermediate Level 2 Accounting Framework you will study:-

  • Processing book-keeping transactions
  • Control Accounts, journals and the banking systems
  • Work effectively in accounting and finance
  • Basic costing
  • Computerised accounting

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard for Assistant Accountant

See separate course information guide

Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard for Professional Accounting/Tax Technician Level 4 (Standards)

See seperate course information guide

Additional Study

  • Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Are there any entry criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. In addition for an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you require minimum passes at GCSE at grade D or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths

Method of Delivery

The Intermediate Level 2 Accounting Apprenticeship Framework involves a mixture of computer based assessments in the college’s on-line testing room which is centrally set and assessed by the AAT, and AAT e-delivered project/case study which is assessed locally by York College and verified by the AAT. Assessments take place at different times during the year. The Functional Skills are assessed through an on-line test.


The Intermediate Level 2 Accounting Apprenticeship Framework takes a year to complete

What next?

Many students progress from the Intermediate Apprenticeship onto relevant Level 3 and Level 4 Accountancy Apprenticeships, after which full membership of the AAT can be gained. Exemptions are also offered to Level 4 Accounting Technicians who wish to study for a full professional accounting qualification (e.g. CIMA, ICAEW, and CIPFA).

Our success rates

Our Overall Apprenticeship Success rate for Apprenticeships in 2015/16 is 81%, a whopping 13% above National Average.

Our Overall Success Rate for Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships in 2015/16 is 79%, a fantastic 13% higher than National Average

Our Overall Accountancy Apprenticeship Success Rates in 2015/16 boasted a fantastic 100%, an outstanding 25% above National Average


Alex Hilton

Formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School

For a year Alex studied A Levels at school but did not enjoy the learning experience. Looking for a different option she applied (via the National Apprenticeship Service website) to study an Intermediate Business Administration apprenticeship, working for a property management company called AHPM. She found the course to be a perfect introduction to the world of work and thrived on her success. Taking her College tutor’s advice she enrolled on an evening class in Book keeping, building her skills set in order for her to study the Advanced Accounting Apprenticeship programme and she currently spends four days in the workplace and one day a week studying at College.

Says Alex: “I feel my studies make sense now, my College work is so relevant to what I do at work; College helps work and work helps College. I am so pleased I didn’t continue on the A Level/university route, it was not for me. I find the apprenticeship enjoyable and interesting and I really feel that I have found something I am good at. It’s great to have that work/College balance which means I can earn money and studying at the same time. In the future I would like to study a higher level professional course in Management/Acountancy.”

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

For National Apprenticeship Week 2015 we teamed up with Vale Radio to find out how  our apprentices had got started and how they see their careers developing. This is Jess's story...

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