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Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced) at Blackburn College

Course description

Want to become an accountant or work in finance? An accounting apprenticeship is your route to an exciting professional career. Whether you want to start earning straight away, go on to chartered studies, or set up your own practice, the career options are endless.

To be successful you must be committed and possess good literacy and numeracy skills as well as a logical approach to problem solving, including the ability to recognise the importance of attention to detail.

If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship.

Course content

Level 2

  • Preparing and recording financial documentation
  • Maintaining and reconciling the cash book
  • Processing business transactions and extracting trial balance
  • Maintaining the journal and control accounts
  • Providing basic cost and revenue information
  • Work effectively in accounting and finance.

Level 3

  • Preparing financial accounts for partnerships and sole traders
  • Cash management
  • Providing cost and revenue information
  • Preparing and completing VAT returns
  • Professional ethics in accounting and finance
  • Spreadsheets.

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum Grade D in English and Maths at GCSE. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.


You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/Assignment
  • Practical Examination
  • Written Examination.

Future opportunities

There are a number of progression routes depending on which level you start your Apprenticeship. Qualifying as an Accounting Technician will open many doors to you. You will be able to show your employer that along with being qualified, you also have commitment, dedication and professionalism. This could lead to promotion, higher rates of pay, managerial opportunities or qualify you for exemptions from the early stages of the chartered accounting qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, and CIPFA.

The following Higher Apprenticeships are available once you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship:

  • Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 4 Higher)

Once you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3), you will be able to apply to a range of Universities. Many students progress to study Foundation Degrees University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation. Studying a Foundation Degree means you will generally be required to attend College one day a week or an afternoon and evening a week. 

You could choose to specialise in Accountancy by studying:

  • Accounting Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Accounting BA (Hons)

Or you could choose to take a more general Business qualification which lets you experience a range of areas including: Accounting, Marketing, Business, Human Resource Management and more. Course available include:

  • Business Foundation Degree FdA
  • Business Studies BA (Hons)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackburn College directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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