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Business Awareness

  • Understands the transactional processes and support provided by accountancy firms or the accounting function within an organisation
  • Understands their organisations business strategy including customer and supplier needs, in order to produce relevant and compliant financial information
  • Is aware of how their role fits in with the wider organisation and sector they are working in

IT Systems and Processes

  • Understands how to enter accounting transactions, perform a reconciliation, correct errors and produce a range of reports using a computerised accounting system
  • Understands the systems and process of the organisation, within the responsibility of the position such as Sales, Purchase and Payroll
  • Understands the use of all relevant office and accounting packages used within their organisation, relevant to their job role

Ethical Standards

  • Understands the relevant Ethical Standards to protect their own and their organisations professional reputation and integrity
  • Understands the importance of upholding relevant codes of conduct

Financial Accounting and Reporting

  • Understands the basic elements of double entry bookkeeping and accounting standards required to process financial documents and report financial information to users of accounts
  • Understands the current financial standards for basic accounts preparation, in order to be able to make necessary end of year adjustments
  • Understands what is required to draft final accounts. Understands how to account for the purchase and disposal of non-current assets
  • Understands the basic tax principles to apply current regulations to calculate VAT and submit a VAT return

Management Accounting

  • Understands how to recognise and use different accounting approaches and is able to gather, analyse and report information about income and expenditure to support decision-making, planning and control



  • Effectively records and analyses financial data at the appropriate level using the organisation’s standard tools and processes
  • Communicates to all stakeholders to aid decision making to add value to the organisation, within the responsibility of the position


  • Works both independently and as part of a team within the organisation’s standards; competently demonstrates an ability to communicate both in writing and orally at all levels, using a range of tools and demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and cultural awareness when dealing with internal and external customers
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate financial information in a way that non-finance staff can interpret and understand

Produces Quality and Accurate Information

  • Consistently delivers high quality, ‘right first time’ financial and performance data in a timely fashion in line with the organisation’s requirements, to aid decision making and planning

Uses Systems and Processes

  • Demonstrates the ability to identify the appropriate systems and processes to work productively in order to complete required tasks
  • Demonstrates competent use of office and accounting packages
  • Able to maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and backup routines

Problem Solving

  • Applies techniques to both common and non-routine problems, analysing where required and selecting the appropriate tools and techniques to produce solutions
  • Escalates or seeks guidance and support where appropriate


Embracing Change

  • Accepts changing priorities and working requirements readily and has the flexibility to maintain high standards in a changing environment

Adding Value

  • Identifies opportunities to actively engage in the wider business when appropriate
  • Provides information that positively contributes to influencing business decisions whilst continually striving to improve own working processes and those of the organisation

Ethics and Integrity

  • Applies a transparent and objective manner in all actions and interactions to ensure that they meet the ethical requirements of the profession.

Personal Accountability

  • Takes the initiative for own personal development
  • Proactively takes responsibility for completing tasks and meeting expectations
  • Consistently prioritises in order to achieve timely outcomes


  • Organises work effectively and achieves required results within deadlines
  • Performs professionally in pressurised situations and escalates appropriately when necessary

Team working and Collaboration

  • Consistently supports colleagues & collaborates to achieve results
  • Aware of their role within the team & their impact on others

Applicants will need to be employed in a relevant accounting role.

5 GCSEs with Maths and English at Grade C/ Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths.

Good keyboarding skills are essential as well as a good knowledge of Microsoft Office. Achievement of an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is advantageous but not essential.

All apprenticeship candidates will undertake a basic Initial Assessment and an interview during which suitability, commitment and interest for the programme will be determined.

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On programme

Training to develop the occupation standard’s knowledge, skills and behaviours.

End Point Assessment Gateway

An Apprentice will be put forward for end-point assessment when it is felt that they have achieved the required experience in the work-place to put them in the best possible position to achieve success.

End Point Assessment

Assessment method 1: A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard.

Assessment Method 2: A portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the work-place to show that the Apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail.

  • There is no cost to the apprentice.
  • If you are an employer with over 50 employees or, are employing an apprentice over the age of 19 (without a EHCP) you will be required to pay 5% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship Training.
  • If you are a levy paying company then you will pay for the training from your levy account.
  • Grants are available for eligible employers. For further information please visit the CITB website.

Course Information

Cost: No cost to the apprentice. An employer contribution may be required. Adults may be eligible for FREE tuition. (No VAT charged)

Duration: Typically 12-18 months plus EPA

Mandatory Entry Requirements: See Mandatory Entry Requirements

Funding: See Grants and Funding

How to Apply

Call 01922 663600 for course dates.

Upcoming Start Dates

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Further Training

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