Accounts & Finance Assistant

Key Information

Level 2
Typical Duration 12 – 14 Months (not inculding end point assessment)
Delivery Model Day Release
Delivery Location FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU
Start Date September 2020/January 2021

Programme Summary

An Accounts & Finance Assistant is an integral part of the team, responsible for maintaining an efficient and accurate finance function within a business. You will be responsible for assisting the team of accountants with junior accounting duties. An Accounts & Finance Assistant’s work could include basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure that records and payments are correct, recording of cash and data entry.

Accounts & Finance Assistants can work in almost any sector. Potential employers include corporate businesses, sole traders, partnerships, public sector organisations, non-profit organisations and educational institutions.

What will you learn?

You will gain knowledge, skills and behaviours during the apprenticeship, including:

  • Understanding the elements of commercial law when working in accountancy
  • Understanding your organisation and your role within it
  • Understanding the relevant ethical standards
  • Understanding basic accounting
  • Understanding accounting systems and processes
  • The skills of communication
  • The importance of attention to detail
  • How to use systems and processes and personal effectiveness
  • Team work
  • Personal development
  • Professionalism
  • Customer focus

How is it delivered and assessed?

It typically takes 12 – 14 months to complete the apprenticeship, but this will vary depending on your experience and working pattern.

You will attend classes at FutureSkills at MediaCityUK, Dakota Avenue, M50 2PU once a week. You will be allocated a tutor and a Trainer Assessor, who will support you throughout your apprenticeship with regular monthly sessions. This is flexible to your requirements, however, contact is available and encouraged outside of this time so each apprentice receives the help they need. Trainer Assessors make good use of digital platforms to support this.

Practical Period

  • New knowledge, skills and behaviours are delivered and assessed by your college tutor and Trainer Assessor, with the support of your employer.
  • You will achieve a Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Foundation Certificate in Accounting.
  • 20% off-the-job training is a mandatory requirement of all apprenticeship standards.
  • You will complete a Level 1 in maths and English, if applicable.


The gateway is the opportunity for the provider and employer to agree whether the apprentice is ready and ready to take their End Point Assessment (EPA).

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment is synoptic, and takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development. The requirement is that the end point assessment is completed within three months from the start of the end point assessment period. The end point assessment is made up of the following components:

  • A structured interview
  • An in-tray test

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements.

All apprentices must achieve a Level 1 in maths and English before the end point assessment or provide a certificate of prior achievement which is equivalent. You must sit Level 2 in maths and English prior to end point assessment too.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.