AAT Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship

Subject: Accounting & Bookkeeping

Employers Students

Please note that to undertake this apprenticeship you must be employed within a suitable role. Typical job titles may include Assistant Bookkeeper, Data Input Clerk and Finance Administrator.

As an Accounts/Finance Assistant apprentice, you will be employed in a finance role gaining vital practical skills and experience, and earning a wage alongside studying your formal AAT apprenticeship qualification.

You will likely assist with activities such as basic bookkeeping activities, working with sales and purchase ledgers, running calculations to ensure records and payments are correct, recording cash and data entry.

CAW Business School has a well-earned reputation for excellence; delivering quality training and education and employer support. As an apprentice you will benefit from:

  • Tuition, support and assessment provided in college, online and via email and telephone contact
  • Access to our unique Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and extensive eLibrary resources

Key Facts

  • Attendance: Attend college one day per week during term times (9.15am-4pm) or study via distance learning (No college attendance, start at any time)
  • Duration: 12-14 months (20% of your time must be spent studying off the job).
  • Next start dates: September 2020
  • Location: Godmanchester (Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting. However you should be competent in basic maths and English. You will need to be living and working in England in a suitable finance role, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices.

To complete this apprenticeship within 12-14 months you will need to be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week, if you are working less than 30 hours a week the length of your apprenticeship will be extended depending on your working hours.

If you have a level 2 (or above) qualification in a similar subject you may not be able to undertake this apprenticeship, in which case you may wish to undertake the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting as a standalone qualification.

Course Content

This apprenticeship consists of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by someone in an Accounts/Finance Assistant role to develop the required finance skills and enhance professional status.

The professional qualification, Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, will also be undertaken.


The knowledge gained will provide the opportunity to improve both accounting skills and business awareness:

  • General Business
  • Understanding Your Organisation
  • Accounting Systems & Processes
  • Basic Accounting
  • Ethical Standards


Transferrable skills will be gained to provide the confidence for the knowledge to be applied:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication
  • Uses Systems and Processes
  • Personal Effectiveness


Attitude and behaviours covered will provide the opportunity to learn what is required for occupational competence:

  • Team Work
  • Personal Development
  • Professionalism
  • Customer Focus


An End Point Assessment will be required to achieve the apprenticeship. This consists of the following:

Structured interview - An independently assessed discussion which will be supported by a portfolio of evidence summary

In-tray test – A computer based test lasting 105 minutes which will consist of a combination of questions and data evaluations covering knowledge and skills of accounting systems and processes, basic accounting, attention to detail.

For the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting that is included within this apprenticeship computer based exams or projects will be undertaken. As we are an AAT accredited exam centre these exams can be taken at College without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

Unless exempt Level 2 Functional Skills are assessed via online examinations and practical assessments.

Course Fees

Apprenticeship course fees are payable by the employer. Fees are dependent upon the size of the organisation you are employed in as this will impact if your employer is a levy payer, or a non-levy payer.

Course fees for Apprenticeship Levy Payers

Digital account payment – £6,000


Course fees for Non-Levy Payers

Course fees for Non-Levy Payers are paid via co-investment with the government, meaning that the government provide 95% of funding towards course fees.

Full fee payable by the employer – £300

All fees are fully inclusive of applicable awarding organisation and End Point Assessment (EPA) fees. However, if a student needs to re-sit an exam, re-sit fees will be payable.

Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a result of age, employment status, previous education achievements, or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What Next?

On completion of the AAT Level 2 Accounts/Finance Assistant Apprenticeship, many learners choose to continue their journey towards becoming an AAT qualified Accounting Technician. You may wish to undertake the AAT Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship or AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.


CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with CAW Business School, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect


What our AAT students say…

We asked our students what aspects of their AAT course they have most enjoyed. Here are some of the things they had to say!

  • “Learning new skills, socialising with people within a similar field of work and with similar goals”
  • “I have really enjoyed the classes and follow up activities for homework. The resources are very good”
  • “Manageable sections. Broken down so not overloaded with information”
  • “Good tutor making a hard subject easy to understand with good examples”


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