This Foundation Apprenticeship helps pupils develop the skills for a career in accountancy. Employers from the industry have helped to design the apprenticeship. So pupils will study relevant coursework and get useful experience in accountancy.

The qualification

SCQF Level 6

The Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy includes:

  • a National Progression Award (NPA) in Accountancy at SCQF Level 6
  • 2 units of the AAT Certificate in Accounting at SCQF Level 6
  • 1 unit of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting at SCQF Level 6
  • a work-based challenge unit

Example of course units include:

  • NPA
    - Preparing management accounting information
    - Analysing account information
  • Certificate
    - Introduction to Booking
    - Principles of Booking
  • Diploma
    - Financial Accounting
Entry requirements

Pupils should have a good level of written and spoken English, and good numeracy skills. They should have an interest in working in accountancy and a motivation to succeed in the sector. It's also good if they have communication and team-working skills.

The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too. 

Progression and development

Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship
  • more vocational training
  • further study at school or college

These will help them to prepare for working in accountancy or financial services.

If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

Your role

As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the apprenticeship. You can discuss this with the college or other learning provider who's working with you.

There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.

The work placement

Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and S6.

During the apprenticeship, each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week in S6. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the AAT or ACCA Award.

What's next?

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