Accounting Apprenticeship (Level 4 Higher)

Course Information

  • Course Code: BB258S
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Study Mode: Part time

Want to become an accountant or work in finance? An accounting apprenticeship is your route to an exciting professional career. Whether you want to start earning straight away, go on to chartered studies, or set up your own practice, the career options are endless.

To be successful you must be committed and possess good literacy and numeracy skills as well as a logical approach to problem solving, including the ability to recognise the importance of attention to detail.


What will I study?

Level 4

  • Drafting financial statements
  • Drafting budgets
  • Measuring financial performance
  • Evaluating accounts systems
  • Personal taxation

Plus the option of:

  • Business taxation
  • Credit management and debt control.
Entry Requirements

Students looking to start on a Higher Apprenticeship will need a Level 3 qualification. You will also be required to have at least a grade C in GCSE Maths and English. 

You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Practical demonstration/Assignment
  • Practical Examination
  • Written Examination.
What can I do next?

There are a number of progression routes depending on which level you start your Apprenticeship. Qualifying as an Accounting Technician will open many doors to you. You will be able to show your employer that along with being qualified, you also have commitment, dedication and professionalism. This could lead to promotion, higher rates of pay, managerial opportunities or qualify you for exemptions from the early stages of the chartered accounting qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, and CIPFA.

Your Study Programme

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Future income

Experienced management accountants usually earn between £32,000 and £50,000 a year.

Finance managers and directors could earn between £50,000 and £100,000 a year, depending on the size of the company.

Salaries also depend on location, and may be higher, on average, in London and the south east.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

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