Foundation Apprenticeship


What's Accountancy like?

Accountancy is much more than numbers and figures. It's an area with exciting prospects and a huge variety of possible roles.

Many roles come with an excellent salary of around £22,000 at entry level to around £65,000-plus* later in your career. There are also good benefits packages and in-job training courses to progress your career.

In Scotland, around 86,000 people are employed in the financial services industry. You could be working in jobs such as:

  • management accountant

  • forensic accountant

  • insurance broker

  • insurance risk surveyor

  • economist

  • investment analyst

  • investment banker

You could work in different locations in Scotland, the UK or abroad as you develop your career.

This Foundation Apprenticeship gives you a unique opportunity to get workplace knowledge and experience. You will also get an industry-recognised qualification.

(*Salary ranges from National Careers Services)

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Good to know

  • You could progress to jobs in accountancy, finance and many other areas

  • Average salaries range from around £22,000 to £65,000

  • The qualification is equal to an SQA Higher (SCQF level 6)

Entry requirements

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

How does it work?

You'll do your Foundation Apprenticeship alongside your other school subjects. You'll work on projects with an employer and a learning provider, such as a college. It'll give you an industry-recognised qualification that's great for your CV.

Read our brilliant info on the Accountancy Foundation Apprenticeship to see how it all works!

How long will it take?

You'll do your Foundation Apprenticeship over 1 or 2 years starting in S5 or S6. You'll usually do a work placement of about 1 day a week. 

How to apply

If you're staying on at school, you can apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship.

Use the search tool to find out if this subject is available at your school. Then fill out the form that comes next, to let us know you're interested. We'll get back to you with more information.