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What will I study?

Level 1 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year

At Level 1 you will be introduced to Bookkeeping, Computerised Accounts and Payroll. You will also have the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt on work experience.

Level 2 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year

At Level 2 you will be introduced to Bookkeeping, Costing and Accounting Software. You will also have the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt on work experience.

Level 3 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year

At Level 3 you will study Advanced Bookkeeping, Management Accounting and Tax. You will also have the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt on work experience, and be involved in employer-led workshops and visits to large accounting organisations, such as KPMG.

Our work experience employers include PVG Financial Services, Hilton Jones, Community Accounts Department, Co-op Insurance and Hunter Financial.

Part-time courses (evening):

Level 2 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year.

Level 3 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year.

Level 4 Accounting AAT. Duration: One Year.

What will I study? (Apprenticeship)

Accountancy Level 2 Framework
This qualification builds the foundation of accountancy practice for apprentices. Apprentices will gain skills and knowledge in accounting modules - four separate units plus an assessment. The units are: Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Elements of Costing and Using Accounting Software.

Entry Requirements: no minimum entry requirements.

Accountancy L3 Standard 
This standard develops upon basic accountancy practice for apprentices. Apprentices will gain further skills and knowledge in accounting. This qualification is made up of four separate units plus an assessment. At this level, two additional units will be tested - Ethics for Accounting and Spreadsheet for Accounting, in addition to Advanced Bookkeeping, Final Accounts Preparation, Indirect Tax and Management Accounting.

Entry Requirements: must have a L2 Accounting qualification or an A Level in Accounting. No entry requirements for maths or English.

Accountancy L4 Standard
This higher level standard will develop the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours within a senior accounting role, such as managing budgets or drafting financial statements.

Entry Requirements: Assistant Accountant AAT Level 3 or current experience working in accounting at supervisory level. GCSE grades A-C (9-4) or FS Level 2 maths and English.

How will I be assessed?

All AAT units are assessed by external exams.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Level 2 - This qualification is delivered on and off the job; day release is one day per week. Industry specialists with recent knowledge and awareness of current accounting practices deliver the qualification, and prepare/assess the apprentice for their assessments. Tested via four separate exams and an end test, as well as a Functional skills English and maths exam.

Level 3 - This qualification is delivered on and off the job; day release is one day per week. Personalised milestone planners detail course content for all aspects of the apprenticeship. Industry specialists with recent knowledge and awareness of current practices work closely with employers and apprentices to develop and prepare the apprentice for end point assessment. Tested via five separate exams and an end test. There is also a portfolio of work to be created and a reflective discussion which is externally assessed and moderated.

Level 4 - This qualification is delivered both on and off the job; day release is one day per week. Industry specialists with recent up to date knowledge and awareness of current accounting practices work closely with employers and apprentices, to develop and prepare the apprentice for end point assessment (EPA). Apprentices will develop a wide range of skills, which will help them to progress in their chosen career path. Tested via five separate exams and an end test. There is also a portfolio of work to be created, and a role simulation which is externally assessed and moderated.

What will this lead to?

Level 1 - Level 2 AAT, or Level 2 in Business Enterprise/Business Admin.

Level 2 - Level 3 AAT or Level 3 in Business, an apprenticeship in Accounting or Business Admin, or employment.

Level 3 - university to study Accounting, or continue to study the Level 3 Diploma in Business with a view to studying Business Management with pathways in HR, Marketing and Accounting. Also opportunity for an advanced apprenticeship and employment.

Job opportunities are found in the varied financial services sector.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

At Level 2, apprentices will gain a range of skills to help them build a career path and naturally progress to a Level 3 course. Completion of Level 2 can lead to employed positions such as:

  • Cashier
  • Credit Control Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Sales Ledger Clerk.
At Level 3, on completion of the course there is an option to progress to a higher Level 4 Professional Accounting/Tax Technician apprenticeship. It can also lead to employed positions such as:
  • Trainee Accounting Technician;
  • Assistant Accountant.
Completion of a Level 4 apprenticeship can lead to employed positions such as:
  • Assistant Auditor
  • Assistant Management Accountant
  • Assistant Financial Account
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

T Levels

Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but Maths and English GCSE must be Grade 5 or above.

T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject. 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 

Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Cost (Apprenticeship)

Contribution Rules          

  • 16-18 Where the employer has under 50 employees and they are not a levy paying employer the learner is fully funded by the government, this rule also applies to 19-24 year old who are Care Leavers or in possession of an Educational Healthcare Plan
  • 16-18 Where the employer has 50 or more employees and they are not a levy payer there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 16-18 Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme
  • 19+ All employers that are not a levy payers there will be a 5% charge with the government paying the remaining 95%. The 5% contribution will be invoiced as per the table above.
  • 19+ Where the employer is a levy payer, 100% of the funding will be claimed from their digital account on a monthly basis where the payments are scheduled according to the length of the learner's programme

Incentives

  • 16-18 The employer will receive £1,000 incentive, 50% at 90 days following enrolment and 50% at 365 days following enrolment assuming the student is still employed and active on the Apprenticeship. The employer will need to invoice the college for this at that time and confirm their eligibility to make the claims at that point. This applies to Apprenticeship Frameworks only and not new Standards.
  • 19-24 Where an employer has an Apprentice under the age of 25 where their earnings are below £43,000 per year the employer does not have to pay National Insurance Contributions (NIC's). Correct at the time of publication, check the HMRC section on gov.uk website

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

Overview

Title: Accounting

Faculty: Accounting

Attendance Options: Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time

Delivery Method: Face-to-face

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