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Accounting Apprenticeship Level 2 Certificate at Chelmsford College

Course description

Accounting is a highly skilled profession with opportunities of working at many different levels as finance is involved in all aspects of Business from expenses and bills to taxes and payroll.

Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced Apprentices will learn how to balance accounts, process invoices and payments, complete VAT returns, help prepare financial statements and reports and to handle banking and petty cash.

Accounting Technicians

Apprentices who qualify as accounting technicians might work as accounts assistants, credit control or accounts clerks, or finance assistants all helping accountants keep financial records and prepare accounts.

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and Maths qualifications


You will attend College once a week for the duration of your Apprenticeship. All Apprenticeship Frameworks consist of 'on' and 'off' the job training and you will receive regular supervision and mentoring from your employer. In addition, you will have regular meetings with your Work Based Tutor where you will be trained, assessed and monitored in the work place. Assessment methods will vary in accordance to the qualification. Assessment typically consists of observations, assignments, exams and other product evidence, such as photographs or digital voice recordings. Your Tutor will work with you to ensure you produce a portfolio of evidence. This will be submitted to the awarding organisation when you complete yourqualifications. The majority of AAT qualifications are assessed via examinations. On average you will be seen once every 3 weeks for an average duration of 2 hours. If you attend College on a day release programme, your Tutor may only visit you in the workplace every 9-12 weeks and this will include you, your employer and your Work Based Tutor. Your progress is reviewed regularly as it is very important and crucial to the sucess of your Apprenticeship. If you are required to study Functional Skills as part of your framework, you may need to attend College for specific mathematics and English classes for some units of your qualification. All training and development takes place during contracted working hours.

Financial information

If you are over the age of 19 your employer will need to make a contribution to the cost of your training and the cost of registration with the AAT. This discussion will take place between the employer and Employer Engagement Adviser. You should work with your employer to establish what uniform and tools/equipment you will need to work effectively. Your employer will typically obtain these for you but you may need or want to purchase items for yourself. With regards to your training, you will be provided with a log book for your qualification, You may wish to obtain additional text books, folders and stationery. When attending College you will be expected to cover the costs of any transport to and from College. Finally - you may also have an opportunity to attend optional trips and visits which you may need to pay for.

Future opportunities

Possible job roles:

Accounts Assistant

Accounts Clerk


Credit Control Clerk

Finance Assistant

Purchase Ledger Clerk

Sales Ledger Clerk

Possible Progression opportuntities

Advanced Apprenticeship

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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