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Accounting Finance Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Final award: 

  • IfATE Level 6 Accounting Finance Manager Apprenticeship
  • BSc(Hons) Accounting Finance Manager
Duration 4 years
Entry point(s) February*
Application deadline

Dependant on employer

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  • A flexible programme designed for those who are either new to the Accountancy sector and starting their career journey, or those with varying levels of existing experience looking to upskill and progress their careers.
  • Gain a range of qualifications whilst gaining valuable real-world work experience.
  • In addition to the studying for a Bachelor's degree, apprentices will study towards their apprenticeship and industry-recognised professional qualifications. 
  • Apprentices gain a head start by gaining exemptions for further study at level 7.

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Apprentices earn a salary and pay zero tuition fees, meaning they’ll graduate debt-free and enhance their career

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants will have A-levels (or equivalent) at BBB or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications, and English, Maths at Level 2. If not already achieved Level 2 English and Maths is required prior to the End Point Assessment. 

How to apply

Accounting Finance Manager Degree Apprenticeship does not follow the standard UCAS application process. To gain a place candidates must apply directly to one of our partner employers’ vacancies.

Candidates can apply to this programme in addition to making applications to any institution through UCAS. When vacancies are open they will be advertised by our employer partners and on University of Exeter Degree Apprenticeship website. 

Please be aware that employers start their recruitment at different times of the year so please be sure to check regularly.

  • Vacancies are advertised by employers and promoted through our current vacancies page when they become available.
  • Candidates should apply through their chosen company's website via the links which are available on this page once vacancies become live.
  • Candidates are welcome to apply for more than one vacancy.
  • Please be aware that each company will have their own recruitment process, the stages and timelines may vary.
  • If applicants are successful they will be offered a position as an apprentice with the company.
  • An apprenticeship place on the programme will be confirmed by University of Exeter, and we will send further information about how to enrol as a student.
  • If candidates have not been successful this time, do not worry! Keep an eye out for other opportunities on our vacancies page.

Applicants must have a valid and eligible residency status to gain entry onto the apprenticeship – please see the ESFA guidance for further information.

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Fees and Funding

Full programme cost: £27,000

This apprenticeship is entirely funded through an Employers’ Apprenticeship Levy. Your employer fully covers the cost of the apprenticeship; apprentices do not pay for any of the eligible training costs. The apprentice will be an employee of the organisation, gaining a University of Exeter award alongside working and earning a salary.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay for the apprenticeship fees directly through that contribution.  See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship from the Government. Up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available if the employer has fewer than 50 employees and:

  • Recruits an apprentice aged 16-18
  • OR an apprentice aged 19-24 who has previously been in care or who has a local authority education, health and care plan

Employers must pay their apprentices a salary at least consistent with national legislation.

Funding eligibility criteria

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Course content

Integrative in its design and delivery, this apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are new to the Financial Services sector and starting their career journey, or those with varying levels of existing experience in the field who are progressing their career within an organisation.

There are two routes into the programme.  For those without a level 4 AAT qualification, the first year of the course will cover this content and you will sit the professional exams.  For those with the AAT, they can join through our Accredited Prior Certified Learning (APCL) route and join in year two.

Throughout the programme apprentices will develop core knowledge of the structure of the Financial Services industry; the relevant legal and regulatory framework and ethics; proficiency in relevant IT skills and software/systems and the approach to deliver fair client outcomes across the business setting including best practice.

Each stage of study is structured to incorporate masterclasses, online learning, academic coaching and workplace mentoring. Assessment is ongoing and is relevant to the work tasks of apprentices, measuring the higher-level thinking skills demonstrated in a variety of problem-based assignments.

Learning and teaching

Approximately 20 per cent of an apprentice's contractual working time will be given over to study (6 hours minimum per week). Our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of apprentices and workloads to minimise undue disruptions to their daily role and ensuring maximum flexibility to gain new knowledge and develop skills and behaviours.

This programme will be assessed by:

  • Knowledge and skills assessment
  • Behavioural assessment
  • Module assessments
  • Structured competency-based interview
  • Assessment of portfolio of evidence
  • Assessment of the work-based project followed by a presentation on work-based project – with Q&A session.

Our dedicated partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme. Alongside a team of world-leading academics with rich industry experience, apprentices will also have dedicated mentors to support and guide both them and their employer throughout the entire course of the apprenticeship.

*Please note this programme will now commence in January and is wholly online.


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Your future

Solid industry experience is what employers look for when recruiting. As a graduate of a degree apprenticeship programme apprentices will be working in an exciting and relevant job from day one of their studies, meaning when they’ll have the both the professional and academic experience sought after by employers to drive impact within their organisation.

Upon completion of the level 6 apprenticeship there is the option to continue studying and undertake the level 7 programme (accountancy or taxation professional).  The undergraduate programme allows apprentices to gain exemptions for the level 7 programme professional qualifications.