Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

Accountants help organisations to keep track of their money find new ways to grow their business and increase profitability. They can also work to prevent fraud, or ensure the organisation meets its tax responsibilities.

Accountants can work in any industry, anywhere. They can also be employed in large organisations, for example banks or the public sector.

Some Accountants may choose to work as a consultant to smaller businesses. The Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy is a great way to get hands-on experience in this fast-paced dynamic industry.

You will have the unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of accountancy topics at college alongside a valuable work placement with an employer. It’s an opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification and try out a career while you are still at school.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved or be working towards National 5s, preferably in Maths and English. You should have an interest in a career in the Financial Services Sector. If your application is successful, you will be invited for an interview.

You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Accountancy at SCQF Level 6. This consists of the following units:

· Preparing Management Accounting Information

· Analysing Account information

· Preparing Financial Accounting Information

· Recording data in the ledger

· Professional values for accountancy. You also spend time with an employer, completing 3 SVQ work-based units:

· Advanced Bookkeeping (AAT)

· Final Accounts preparation (AAT)

· Indirect Tax (AAT).

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The Accountancy Foundation Apprenticeship can be completed over one or two years depending on when you begin the course. It is delivered as a Networked or ‘Virtual Class’ using online technologies, such as video conference and BrightSpace, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your classes will be timetabled alongside your other subject choices and will have a college lecturer in virtual attendance during the class. You will also work closely with a local business to gain work experience

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

Modern Apprenticeship in Accountancy at SCQF Levels 6

Technical Apprenticeship in Accountancy at SCQF Level 8

HNC or HND in Accountancy

HNC Business

BA Business

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.