Course overview

Accounts or Finance Assistant Level 2 Apprenticeship City of Bristol College

An accounting apprenticeship delivered with City of Bristol College.

Do you want to gain practical, accountancy knowledge and understanding?

This accounting apprenticeship will take 12 to 15 months to complete. You will study towards a Foundation Certificate Apprenticeship while working with a local employer.

When you complete the apprenticeship, you will receive an accounting apprenticeship certificate as well as an accountancy qualification certificate.

You need to find your own employer as part of your application for an apprenticeship; you can search apprenticeship vacancies on


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Additional information

Who is this course for?

This apprenticeship is for financial assistants looking to develop their knowledge and skills on the path to ultimately becoming a fully-qualified professional Accountant.

What you'll learn

You will complete a series of modules towards the standard covering knowledge, skills and behaviours. Topics covered include Bookkeeping Transactions, Controls, Costing and Using Accounting software.

Your course will be delivered within City of Bristol campuses where you will be supported by specialist lecturers.

You will also be supported within your workplace towards the apprenticeship by a City of Bristol college accounting apprenticeship trainer who will work closely with your employer and lecturers to ensure your programme provides the foundation for a successful career in the profession. They will also guide you to develop your portfolio in preparation for end point assessment.

You will also need to complete 20% off the job training which will consist of your class delivery in college and work outside your normal job role and any other off the job training which maybe set by your employer.

Functional skills in English & Maths at Level 2 if not already achieved within GCSE at Level 4 or above.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will complete an end point assessment which consists of a professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence.

The apprenticeship provides knowledge and skills for new accountants looking to forge a career in industry, commerce or in professional practice.

Course entry requirements

There is no specific entry requirement this will depend on each employer requirements

Desirable 5 GCSEs, Grade 4/5 in maths and English

Some employers will accept a relevant level 2 qualification and other qualifications and experience.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will learn and develop skills in financial / management accounting and IT skills to provide a solid foundation before progression to Level 3.

You will continue to work within local industry or commerce while gaining further knowledge and skills.

You will work with your accounting apprenticeship trainer and employer to gain the knowledge and skills ready for your end point assessment

You will use the knowledge & skills from your standard to demonstrate to your end point assessor how these skills are put into practice in an accounting workplace

Functional skills in English & Maths at Level 2 if not already achieved

View the full assessment plan.

Future career and study opportunities

  • Accounts Assistant / Accounts Payable Clerk / Accounts Administrator / Business Accounts Administrator / Finance Assistant Junior / Cost Accountant Assistant are typical roles.
  • Assistant Accountant apprenticeship.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College apprentice, you may incur additional costs on your apprenticeship. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery, and for some apprenticeships you may need to purchase specialist equipment.

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