Accounting, AAT and Financial Services Courses

Our Accountancy courses and apprenticeships are delivered by tutors with strong backgrounds in the accounting and financial sectors and their professional expertise is valued by our students. There are well-equipped classrooms with interactive technology and specialist computer software including the industry standard Sage 50.

A number part-time Accounting and Financial Services professional development courses are offered, which are most suitable for those already working in a business environment but hoping to top up their knowledge in this field.

The UK has a large financial services industry which offer a variety of roles. You’ll need to be good with numbers and have good organisational, business and people skills in these jobs. Apprenticeships and courses in financial services are designed to provide learners with the relevant training and education required to work within a financial advisory services environment.

Considering an apprenticeship? Many people look to an apprenticeship to gain skills directly in the workplace.

Aimed at those who are involved in accounting, procurement and financial services as their primary work activity and have the ability to carry out a range of routine tasks in their role, anyone aged 16 years and older can study an apprenticeship – there are no upper age limits for apprenticeships.  With our apprenticeships you may be required to attend college at our Colchester campus or in some cases we will visit you in the workplace for your training assessment.

Career pathways may include progression to senior advisory roles. Possible further study and course progression opportunities may include higher education or industry specialist qualifications.


Part-time AAT Courses

Part-time AAT Accounting Courses allow students to gain further accountancy skills that can lead to full membership of the AAT and to higher professional accounting qualifications.

AAT AccountingFoundation Certificate Level 2
AAT AccountingAdvanced Diploma Level 3
AAT AccountingProfessional Diploma Level 4

Full-time Accounting Courses

The Accounting and Business Foundation Diploma is a new full time course for school-leavers that offers students the opportunity to gain valuable skills to enter the work place in a business, accounts or financial environment, while achieving a nationally recognised and is particularly suitable for younger learners who wish to pursue a career in the financial world.

The AAT Diploma is a fast track to Level 3 and includes Level 2 units in Sage and bookkeeping. This Further Education programme will offer you with an introduction to accountancy, providing you with a firm grounding for future career progression.

Accounting AAT (Fast-track) Level 3
Accounting and Finance Level 2

Professional apprenticeships for your organisation

Apprenticeships offer an affordable way to train new team members and upskill existing staff. Utilising apprenticeships as part of your talent strategy can help with succession planning, filling skills gaps and expanding your business. Boost your team’s skills, knowledge, performance and job satisfaction, so that your key people stay with you for longer.

Flexible blended learning

We work in partnership with Mindful Education, an edtech company that specialises in creating blended learning courses and apprenticeships for professional qualifications. Through the effective use of technology, Mindful Education delivers flexible, on-demand learning that is intuitive and engaging, enabling apprentices to fit their study around their work.

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Online and On Campus

Apprentices study online lessons during allotted time at work, and also attend regular sessions with a college tutor, either in-person or virtually. This flexible approach to apprenticeship training empowers learners, minimises disruption to employers, and improves learner retention and achievement.

Online studies can be accessed on demand, from any device, so apprentices can log on to study during quiet periods at work. Lessons are video-based, easy to navigate and focused on helping learners to achieve their qualifications. Meanwhile, unique background analytics enable employers to track learner activity and progress.

On campus, apprentices benefit from regular classes with an experienced college tutor, either in-person or virtually. And because the key points are learnt online, apprentices attend classroom sessions about half as often as with a more traditional apprenticeship.

We have used apprenticeships to upskill our workforce, which is where the big wins are for us as an organisation. When I first looked for an apprenticeship package, I wanted an online platform that would provide everything the apprentices needed. The flexibility in the platform and the variety of information has been really helpful. For us, the blended option will always be the preferred option, because of the flexibility it offers to all parties involved. Deputy HR Director at a large multi-academy trust.
We no longer need to lose our employees one day a week and they are able to do their learning anywhere at any time, and they’ve got some fantastic resources available to them online.HR Manager for a leading vehicle manufacturer.
Accounts or Finance AssistantLevel 2 Apprenticeship
Assistant AccountantLevel 3 Apprenticeship
Professional Accounting / Tax TechnicianLevel 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Government funding

Employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million are required to pay the apprenticeship levy at 0.5% each month. Your levy fund can then be accessed for training and assessment on approved apprenticeship schemes.

For SMEs and non-levy-paying employers, the government will fund 95% of the cost of training an apprentice. You can find more information on the government website.

Managing the off-the-job training requirement

All apprentices who are employed for over 30 hours per week must undertake a minimum average of six hours of training per week.

The Online and On Campus apprenticeship model provides greater flexibility and convenience as apprentices can log in to study during quiet periods at work. All activity is recorded and counts towards the off-the-job training requirement.

Our partner – Mindful Education

Mindful Education produces flexible, award-winning, blended learning courses and apprenticeships that continue to set new standards in digital education. A compelling mix of academic expertise, technology and creativity, their media-rich courses bring learning to life and achieve outstanding results. Working in partnership with hundreds of employers and training providers, Mindful Education supports thousands of learners each year, helping managers to develop their teams and grow their businesses. Visit the Mindful Education website to find out more.

Find out more

Apprenticeships Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3LL
01206 712043 – Option 1: Applicant Enquiries
01206 712043 – Option 2: Employer Enquiries and Account Management (Apprenticeships)
Opening Times
Monday to Thursday08.00 – 17.00
Friday08.00 – 16.30

Procurement and Finance Apprenticeships

Accounts or Finance AssistantLevel 2 Apprenticeship
Commercial Procurement and SupplyLevel 4 Higher Apprenticeship
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Procurement and Supply AssistantLevel 3 Apprenticeship