Accounting (7437)

Last Updated: 05 Aug 2014 The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualifications are designed to provide opportunity to develop practical skills and knowledge to the competency to complete day-to-day accounting tasks.

The Level 3 Diploma will enable you to work independently or act in a supervisory role. It may also act as an effective progression route to higher education or professional certification.

You may wish to use these qualifications as part of an Apprenticeship programme - Intermediate (level 2) or Advanced (Level 3) in England and Foundation (Level 2) or Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Wales.

These qualifications are supported by learning materials from Sage UK that includes a time limited edition of Sage 50 Accounts. The Level 2 Certificate is designed for those entering the accounting profession or looking gain a formal qualification for their experience in an accounting role. It is the ideal first step for those aspiring to a career in accounting and business.

The Level 3 Diploma provides skills that will enable you to work independently, deal with non-familiar activities or act as a supervisor. It is also useful for those looking to looking to go on to higher education or gain a professional membership.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What's involved in studying this course

The qualifications will develop accounting skills and knowledge in a number of areas, such as: 
  • banking procedures 
  • maintaining control accounts 
  • preparing and recording financial documentation 
  • spreadsheet software 
  • prepare accounts for partnerships 
  • computerised accounts software 
  • preparing and completing VAT returns.


You will learn on the job in the work environment or in the classroom and be assessed using a variety of methods to build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competency across the qualification and to the relevant level. Assessment methods include: 
  • workplace assessment – observation and qitness staments 
  • work-based assessment (workplace simulation) 
  • oral presentation and questioning.
Which level is right for me?
Level 2
Ideal for you if you are new to accounting, wishing to develop your business support skills or certificate your experience in an accounting role.
Level 3
You have some experience in accounting, and are expected to produce reports or supervise others, or have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate.

You may wish to use these qualifications as part of an Apprenticeship programme - Intermediate (level 2) or Advanced (Level 3) in England and Foundation (Level 2) or Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Wales.

What careers can this lead to

The Level 2 qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of accounting roles, including:

  • Accounts assistants and clerks
  • Cashiers
  • Credit control, purchase ledger and sales ledger clerks
  • Finance assistants.

At Level 3 you could progress to:

  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Assistant accountant
  • Assistant management accountant.

What's involved in delivering this course

To deliver these qualifications you will need qualified tutors and assessors, either trained internal members of staff or recruited specially. You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards including access to appropriate software where required.

There are no eligibility requirements for these qualifications, but it would be expected that you will have successfully completed the Level 2 before progressing on to the Level 3, or have relevant experience in an accounting role. To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 2

Level 2 is ideal if you are new to accounting, or wish to develop your business support skills.

The Level 2 certificate comprises 12 mandatory and one optional unit. Mandatory units include:

  • Banking procedures
  • Maintaining petty cash records
  • Providing basic cost and revenue information
  • Maintaining the journal
  • Processing ledger transactions and extracting a trial balance.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What careers can this lead to

The Level 2 qualifications can help you to progress in a wide range of accounting roles, including:

  • Accounts assistants and clerks
  • Cashiers
  • Credit control, purchase ledger and sales ledger clerks
  • Finance assistants.

Level 2 Accounting(7437-02)

Last Registration Date: 30 Jun 2014

Level 2 Certficate in Accounting

  • Accreditation No: 501/0004/X Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 24 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 188 - 188 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/06/2016 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 will suit you if you have some experience in accounting and are expected to produce reports and data. You may be in a supervisory role.

The Level 3 diploma comprises 13 mandatory units including:

  • Principles of accounts preparation
  • Providing cost and revenue information
  • Cash management
  • Preparing final accounts for sole traders.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section. 

What careers can this lead to

At Level 3 you could progress to:

  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Assistant accountant
  • Assistant management accountant.

Level 3 Accounting(7437-03)

Last Registration Date: 30 Jun 2014

Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

  • Accreditation No: 500/9993/0 Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 41 Credits – a measure of the size of the qualification
  • GLH: 335 - 335 Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Last Certification: 30/06/2017 Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

The general expandable sections contain documents that cover multiple levels and the level-specific expandable sections contain documents that cover that particular level.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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