• Course Information

    This course allows Apprentices to work in an accounts department, helping a business or organisation manage their money properly. Running a business involves a lot of financial activities, from expenses and bills to taxes and payroll – accountants keep track of all these things and more. It takes a business brain, as well as a way with numbers, to get ahead.

    • Course Code
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    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus / Community Venue
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      15 (+3 EPA) months
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  • Overview


    You will work towards an Apprenticeship Framework at Level 3 in Accounting consisting of:

    • an AAT Level 3 Accounting Qualification
    • Functional Skills in maths and English
    • Employment Rights & Responsibilities – this module will teach you about contracts of employment and other work related issues
    • Personal, learning and thinking skills

    In addition to individual certificates, on successful completion of all elements you will be awarded an Apprenticeship Framework Certificate.

    You will be employed in a suitable role earning an Apprenticeship salary and learning on the job. In addition you will attend College for teaching and assessment of your Level 3 and will be visited in the workplace to give you support and guidance on applying your skills

  • Entry Requirements

    4 x GCSE A*-D / 9-3 which must include GCSE English and Maths at A*-C / 9-4 or equivalent, AND a pass at Level 2 AAT certificate in Accounting or a L2 Accounting qualification from another awarding body or A Level Accounting at A*-C.

    Please note that employers may stipulate higher entry requirements than those listed and should therefore be treated as the minimum entry criteria. However, if you do not currently meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, you may also be considered based on related subject qualifications and/or life/work experience or upon successfully achieving the required Basic and Key Skill Builder (BKSB) results.

    Should you meet entry requirements but not hold a level 4/C in English and/or Maths you will need to complete a functional skills course alongside your apprenticeship. As part of the application process you will be assessed to see your current working level, acceptance will be based on this outcome. Your programme duration may be extended to allow for functional skills.

    All information correct at the time of publication but could be subject to change.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Apprentices will be assessed in two ways; examinations and practical skills tests.

    • Exams – These are set and marked by the AAT, and are held twice a year in June and December.
    • Skills tests and simulations – These tests assess how to apply technical knowledge to real life (or simulated) situations. If Apprentices take the NVQ/SVQ route, they usually compile real life work tests into a portfolio.

    There will be assignments and tests related to Key Skills if required.

  • Employer Requirements

    Employers must be prepared to work with their Apprentices to develop their knowledge and skills by providing a wide range of learning and training opportunities. They must also be prepared to allow them to attend College sessions at the agreed times. Employers are also expected to encourage Apprentices to research their chosen vocation and to support any work experience that will benefit the Apprentice to come up to reach the required level of competence.

  • Progression Pathway

    Possible progression to Level 4.

  • Attendance & Support

    Runshaw College believes that attendance and punctuality are key factors in the timely success of an Apprenticeship. Apprentices are accepted on the basis that they will have a high level of attendance at College and in the workplace. Persistent or regular absenteeism is a disciplinary offence and may lead to dismissal from the programme.

    Runshaw Apprentices will be offered support and be encouraged to develop the ability to work on their own and as team players. We expect our Apprentices to show enthusiasm and the motivation to reach and exceed their goals.

    It is important to maintain time keeping and attendance for both college and work place sessions to ensure learners remain on target.

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