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Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting (Level 4)


Course outline

You will build on your existing accounting skills to give you a more advanced knowledge of this specialist area. You’ll work towards the below qualifications.

A significant amount of the job training is undertaken in the workplace. This is a demanding but interesting course which should be achieved in 24 months whilst gaining valuable workplace experience. Most jobs in this sector are office-based with a typical 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday working week. You will attend classroom learning one day per week or evening classes twice per week over one year to work towards your qualification.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting course covers:

  • Management accounting: decision and control
  • Management accounting: budgeting
  • Credit management
  • Financial statements of limited companies
  • Accounting systems and controls
  • Cash and treasury management

The Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills, which is the workplace element, covers: working in teams, planning and delivering business communication activities, evaluating and improving own performance in a business environment, spreadsheet software, presentation software, delivering a presentation, organising and facilitating meetings and workshops, developing commercial awareness and managing project finances.

You will also study English and maths.*

English and maths - skills for your future
Employers and universities really value skills in English and maths. So, building on your existing knowledge of these subjects will help you prepare for your future career or further study. *If you are aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above/grade 4 or above don’t worry - we’ll support you with the right lessons to increase your confidence in these essential employability skills.

Enterprise skills
Our courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you plan to go on to a higher level of study or start a career. Employability and study skills will be included to help you develop the broad skills required by industry. They will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs.

Next steps

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship by applying online.

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Central College Nottingham, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6AB
  • Level 4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Level 4 Diploma in Business Skills

24 months

Level Level 4
Entry requirements
  • You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.
  • You will also need GCSEs at grades A* to C/9 to 4 or equivalent in English Language and maths and the AAT Level 3 Accounting qualification. Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

You will complete computer based exams and provide workplace evidence.

  • Career opportunities include: setting up your own practice, or becoming a team leader
  • Further university-level study
  • Further professional qualifications
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