Accountancy - Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) Year 1 (ATI Level 4 Certificate for Accounting Technicians)
Start Date: 11th September 2023
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Duration: 2 Years, 1 day per week Part-time
Start date: 11th September 2023
End date: 2nd June 2025
Day: Multiple Days
Information Event: Yes
Course fee: FREE
A Higher Level Apprenticeship is a work-based programme which enables you to earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised professional qualification. You will be employed for example in an accountancy practice or an organisation with a suitable accounts department. Northern Regional College will have a close relationship with your employer in mentoring you throughout your training period. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy provides an alternative entrance route to starting your career in the accountancy and finance profession and is supported by Accounting Technicians Ireland. It is also equivalent to a Foundation Degree programme and is recognised by leading accountancy bodies.
This apprenticeship aims to provide a structured environment where you will develop the professional values, leadership, technical/functional competencies, and the personal and interpersonal attributes that define the role of an accounting technician.
This Higher Level Apprenticeship programme will allow you to start your highly-skilled career without the student debt that your university peers will have accumulated during their degree course – providing a real alternative to university.
During Year 1, you will spend one day per week (9am-5.15pm) at the Northern Regional College (Coleraine Campus).
You will study the following the following modules:
- Financial Accounting
- Business Law
- Business Management
You will also complete Work Based Assessments during the course of the year.
External Exams are held in May/June and there is a resit opportunity in August. Exams are set and marked by ATI.
On successful completion of Year 1, you will progress into year 2.
Laura Todd, Chartered Accountant, shares her experience of studying the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy.
All applicants will be required to attend an interview.
The college will send out invitations to applicants, to attend the interview session.
It is planned that interview sessions will be held on the following dates
Wednesday 22 February 2023 @ 4.00pm
Wednesday 26 April 2023 @ 4.00pm
Wednesday 31 May 2023 @ 4.00pm
Wednesday 28 June 2023 @ 4.00pm
Wednesday 30 August 2023 @ 4.00pm
Other dates may become available depending on interest in the course.
Are you interested in employing an apprentice in accountancy?
Please email email@example.com and the Course Co-ordinator will be in touch
Information For Employers
Please note from September 2024, all courses are planned to move to the new Coleraine campus.
Getting a Higher Apprenticeship with an employer is the same as getting a job. Following submission of your application to the college, you will be required to submit a CV. CVs are provided to employers who are seeking to employ a HLA apprentice. You will be invited to go through the employer’s recruitment process. It will be competitive and there are likely to be several people applying for each Higher Apprenticeship vacancy, so you will need to sell yourself and convince the employer that you are the right person for the role.
Candidates must be:
At least 18 years of age and meet the minimum entry criteria set by the awarding body, Accounting Technicians Ireland. The criteria is currently 96 UCAS tariff points or CCC at A Level, grade B at GCSE level in Mathematics or Accountancy and grade C at GCSE level in English. For those over 23 years of age, relevant work experience or a recommendation from your employer is required.
A new employee in, or about to take up a permanent remunerative employment offer, or an existing employee moving to a new job role that requires a substantial amount of learning and skills development commensurate to the apprenticeship pathway. An exception may be made if an individual is already on an apprenticeship pathway at a lower level, with the HLA providing a progression route without the need to move to a new job role. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure this criteria is met.
Employed by a company with a permanent base in Northern Ireland, have a contract of employment in place, be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (which includes day release/off-the-job directed training) with one employer, and in receipt of the appropriate wage.
Third country nationals, including European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss Nationals and their family members, are eligible to undertake a HLA provided they have a right to live and work in the UK. See HLA page for further details
NOTE: you may start your employment up to a maximum of 6 months prior to the commencement of your off-the-job training. The College will require a copy of your contract of employment and a wage slip to provide evidence that you are employed.
Upon successful completion of this programme, you may be eligible to progress to full chartered accountancy status through the Chartered Accountants Ireland professional Level 7 programme. Alternatively, you will be able to use your qualification as a stepping stone to study with other professional awarding bodies i.e. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Having completed the Level 5 Diploma you may be eligible for module exemptions from other qualifications.
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Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy
“Having decided that I did not want to progress to university I chose to find out more about the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Accountancy course at my local College as I preferred to pursue this pathway rather than university because I would have a qualification in two year’s time, I will have developed my employability skills significantly and I will be learning ‘on-the-job’.
I have now nearly completed my apprenticeship and have not been disappointed by what the course had to offer. I've become much more confident in myself due to the work and study balance. Putting my learning into real life situations has made me much more confident in the workplace. I've developed my communication skills significantly through communicating with my mentor, colleagues and clients. I've also become much more independent and accurate in my work.
The course has also helped me so much in the workplace. I work in an accountancy firm in Coleraine and everything I come across in the course has linked with something I do in work which makes it so much easier to understand and tasks, at work, so much easier to complete. I love the 'earn while you learn' aspect of the course, it really makes the studying and the working so much easier when you do the two alongside each other.
The teaching and learning at the College is outstanding. Our lecturers are so thorough, understanding and approachable. It is never too much bother to help you and they are always there for advice, especially our course mentor, Anne McCallum. The lecturers use a range of resources to make the course easier to study. Top quality teaching overall.
I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in pursuing an accountancy related career. In my opinion, it is the best choice you could make. You're earning, learning, working and gaining experience every single day, making yourself more and more employable.”
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