Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accounting
This course is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a career in accountancy. The Apprenticeship is dependent upon the candidate securing full-time employment with an organisation and attending training on one full day per week in College.
Course Code: 78110
Duration: 28 to 30 Weeks
This is a work-based programme which enables you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification. The apprentice will be employed in an accountancy practice for two years and mentoring will be provided throughout the employment period. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy provides an alternative entrance route to starting a career in the accountancy and finance profession.
Students will be employed for four days per week and will attend college one day per week. Weekly contact hours will be scheduled to 8 hours per week, consisting of mainly lectures and other practical class activities in preparation for their end of year exams. Students are expected to undertake at least 8 hours independent study per week which will increase closer to the exam period.
All staff teaching on the programme hold graduate, post graduate and professional qualifications as well as significant industry experience.
Modules will include:
- Financial Accounting
- Business Management
- Law and Ethics
- Advanced Financial Accounting
- Advanced Taxation
- Management Accounting
- Integrated Accounting Systems
8 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials
A further 8 hours of study per week, on average, in your own time including use of online materials, case studies and preparation for examinations
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry
GCSE English Language (minimum GCSE grade B) and Mathematics (minimum GCSE grade B) and
Minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points achieved through the completion of A Levels in any subject or equivalent qualification
English Language Requirements for International students
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
- PTE 51
- Or an approved equivalent test in English
Equivalent qualifications include:
- Grade C (or above) in English
- Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
- Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
- ESOL Level 2
Tier 4 Students
- SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Successful completion of the admissions process
Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Where will it take me?
You will gain lots of valuable knowledge, practical skills and work experience as well as an internationally recognised qualification – just the combination that can help increase your future employability, boost your CV, help you progress into management roles and open new career opportunities for you.
This programme will provide you with an immediate 2-year employment contract working with a leading NI accountancy practitioner as well as attending college on a weekly basis.
A Recognised Qualification
You will gain an internationally recognised qualification - Diploma of Accounting Technicians from Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) which is a Level 5 qualification and is equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme.
A Stepping Stone to Chartered Accountancy
Upon successful completion of your Higher Apprenticeship, you could continue your studies towards Chartered Status at Level 7 with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).
Earn While You Learn
You will gain valuable accountancy work experience from your employer as well as gaining a recognised professional qualification and earning a regular salary (at least the national minimum wage).
This Higher Level Apprenticeship programme will allow you to start your highly-skilled career without the student debt that your university peers will have accumulated during their degree course – providing a real alternative to university.
Getting a Higher Apprenticeship with an employer is the same as getting a job. Following submission of your application, you will be invited to go through the employer’s recruitment process. It will be competitive and there are likely to be a number of people applying for each Higher Apprenticeship vacancy, so you will need to sell yourself and convince the employer that you are the right person for the role.
Apprentices may be recent school leavers who have undertaken A Levels or other suitable Level 3 qualifications or be currently employed in an organisation with a suitable accounts department who will be changing roles to take on the HLA in Accountancy or anyone who has a keen interest in developing a career in Accountancy.
As an apprentice
You will commit your time and effort to gaining the required skills and putting these into practice in the workplace. You will also be required to complete formal study one day per week at South Eastern Regional College for the ATI Diploma as well as informal work-based training (e.g. attending meetings). You will also be expected to play an active role in the mentoring programme determined by your employer. Your employer will commit to employing you for 2 years, pay you at least the national minimum wage, carry out regular reviews of your progress and provide career development support.
How will it make me more employable?
There are no additional costs associated with this programme.
This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.
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