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Accounting Academy

If you want a financial career that takes you to the very top of business, apply for our Accounting Academy.

This academy will allow you to gain the skills you need to start your career while quickly developing your leadership skills and self-confidence.

Our Accounting Academy is run in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation and AAT.

The Accounting Academy offers a Level 2 pre-apprenticeship qualification to prepare you for the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, which usually takes between 18 months to two years to complete. After this, you can progress to the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting Level 4 to set you on the way to becoming a chartered accountant.

The pre-apprenticeship programme starts in September, January and April each year and provides you with the accounting administration skills you need for your apprenticeship and develops your leadership and coaching skills through a Sports Leaders Award with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

Apprentices usually spend four days a week at work and one day a week at college and earn between £8,000 and £18,000 a year. There are no tuition fees as these are paid by your employer. You can start an apprenticeship at any time of the year.

Accounting – Level 2 Foundation Certificate (AAT) – Pre-Apprenticeship

You will gain the basic accounting administration skills needed to work in the financial sector. It also includes talks and employability workshops with global finance firms such as CIMA, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and the Bank of England.

What Will I Study?

Modules covered can include:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Working Effectively in Finance
  • Final Assessment

What Do I Need?

You will need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths
  • A good reference and attendance record from your current school/college

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

Accounting – Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (AAT)

On your advanced apprenticeship, you will study for an Accounting – Level 3 Advanced Diploma, validated by AAT, giving you a much more in-depth knowledge of finance and accounting.

What Will I Study?

Modules covered can include:

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Management Accounting: Costing
  • Indirect Tax
  • Ethics for Accountants
  • Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Final Assessment

What Do I Need?

You will need:

  • To have successfully completed the pre-apprenticeship
  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Maths
Accounting – Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship (AAT)

If you progress to our higher apprenticeship, you will study for an Accounting – Level 4 Professional Diploma, validated by AAT, further developing your skills and enabling you to fast-track to become a Chartered Accountant.

What Will I Study?

Modules covered can include:

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Final Assessment

Optional units can include:

  • Business Tax
  • Personal Tax
  • Cash and Treasury Management
  • Credit Management

What Do I Need?

  • You will need to have successfully completed the advanced apprenticeship

Student Testimonials

“The apprenticeship was very good in relating what I have been learning at CONEL to what I am doing at work every day. The tutors covered every aspect of the subject and were always very helpful and supportive. All the events, training and preparation that was provided was so helpful, particularly in terms of public speaking. It meant I felt I could make a difference straightaway when I got my placement.”

Accounting Academy

Bola undertook her apprenticeship with Berg Kaprow Lewis LLP, now BKL, in Finchley, before landing a job as a Group Reporting Accountant at Santander UK.

“It’s been hard but I’m reaping the rewards now. It was surreal to be offered a position at Johnson & Johnson eight months ago, especially after being told by my sixth form tutors that I wouldn’t be successful unless I went to university. I’m thrilled to be working for one of the largest and most globally recognised companies in the world, it’s an incredible feeling. Having accountancy qualifications gives you such a great foundation, and means you can work in virtually any business.”

Accounting Academy

Akash became the first apprentice from the Accounting Academy to go on and graduate as a Chartered Accountant. He is now a Financial Analyst at Johnson & Johnson.

Learn industry skills with some of the biggest names in the sector

Our Partners

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills through coaching and referee training, along with volunteering opportunities to gain further skills employers are looking for.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) validates our accounting qualifications which are internationally recognised.

How to Apply

All our courses are part of the academies. Choose a relevant course, and the Academy will then work with you to ensure you are able to access the course.

See our full list of Accounting and Bookkeeping courses here. If you are unsure of which study path to take, check out our level equivalence table.

Interested in joining the Accounting Academy? Contact us by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

For further information, please register your interest or contact Anita Mistry, Apprentice & Employer Coordinator at

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