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Professional Accountant Degree Apprenticeship (Level 7)

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With the triple guarantee of a quality degree, on-the-job experience and a professional pathway, this is the perfect route to a career in accountancy. ​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This programme challenges learners to put their academic knowledge and new high-level skills into practice in the workplace from day one.

Usually delivered over three or four years, this apprenticeship combines workplace learning with studying at the University of Gloucestershire. Learners complete our BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance before undertaking the papers of their chosen professional body. There's also the option to undertake a further project to achieve an MSc in Accounting and Finance.​​

Areas of study ​

Year 1

In Year 1, you'll develop a grounding in key areas such as law, financial accounting and management accounting.

You'll also begin to engage with academic work and produce academic content to a higher standard than expected at A-level study. This includes, as a minimum, engagement with quality academic literature, course texts and online material.

Typical modules in year 1

  • Introduction to Business Law provides an understanding of the English Legal System and Contract Law.
  • Introduction to Management Accounting covers the purpose of accounting, cost and cost behaviour, costing for long and short-term decision making, management accounting in a competitive environment, and budgetary preparation and control.
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting provides a practical introduction to the concepts, conventions and practices used in processing business transactions into general purpose financial statements.

Year 2

In Year 2, you'll engage further with topics covered in Year 1, as well new areas such as taxation and audit.

Application of learning takes an even stronger focus, with supervised work-based projects providing a mechanism for learners to put theory into practice.

Typical modules in year 2

  • Audit in Context examines the development, nature and purpose of statutory external audit (in both public and private sectors) and its regulatory context.
  • Taxation Principles and Practice examines the theoretical background of the UK taxation system and provides learners with a practical introduction to the major taxes (including income tax, corporation tax and value added tax).
  • Forensic Accounting develops understanding of how forensic accounting services operate within organisations, as well as their link with the external environment.
  • Data Analytics develops technical language and understanding of the applications of data analytics, and provides skills in recording, summarising and interpreting business and accounting data.

Year 3

In year 3, you'll develop academic skills through opportunities to demonstrate deeper understanding that draws upon all studies to date, as well as the practical experience you'll have gained in the workplace.

You'll work on a live project, which aims to embed theoretical knowledge by asking you to explore and tackle a real business challenge.

The third year has a strategic focus and topics covered in earlier years - such as taxation and audit - are continued at a more advance level.

Typical modules in year 3

  • Advanced Financial Reporting develops apprentices' understanding of some of the contexts in which accounting and financial reporting operate.
  • Strategic Management Accounting gives you the ability to select and apply relevant financial techniques in supporting the management of an organisation, and to interpret and explain the results.
  • Strategic Financial Management gives learners the opportunity to study the relationship between financial markets and companies.
  • Business Strategy aims to provide learners with an understanding of how businesses develop and implement strategies, considering the impact of both external factors and internal ambitions.
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Staff profile

Kirsty Blount - Programme Leader

"I'm passionate about bringing ‘real life’ examples into the classroom, something that is key to the delivery of this apprenticeship programme. Management Accounting has played an important role in my career, enabling me to work for organisations like the Gambling Commission. I find teaching very rewarding and I enjoy passing my experience and enthusiasm on to my learners."​​

​End point assessment

Undertaken as soon as possible upon completion of Year 3, this is carried out by the University, an independent end point assessment organisation and the apprentice’s employer. Learners are required to present a learning portfolio and summary project to demons​trate their growth in knowledge and professional development.

Study style

This apprenticeship is usually delivered through block learning, with learners attending university one day per week for five weeks, and focusing on one topic at a time. For the remainder of their time, the apprentice is in their workplace putting their learning to the test in a real world setting.

Assessments methods include a mixture of group presentations, written assignments and portfolios, as well as traditional accountancy exams.

Apprentice / employer support

Learners have a personal tutor who will remain a source of advice and guidance throughout the apprenticeship. They will also be supported by module tutors and university Helpzone staff who are contactable by telephone, in person and online.

Employers are able to access our dedicated apprenticeship support team, who are here to ensure that businesses get the best from both the learner and the programme.

Entry requirements

This is a Level 7 apprenticeship.

Individual employers set the selection criteria but apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end¬ point assessment.

Apprentices should be in full-time employment (e.g. at least employed for 30 hours per week) throughout the duration of their apprenticeship, and 20% of their working hours should be spent on off-the-job training.​

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Qualifications you'll gain

Learners gain a BA (hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Gloucestershire, with the opportunity to extend to an MSc.

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Professional bodies

Learners work towards ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA and CIPFA qualifications. Upon successful completion, learners are eligible to join professional bodies and receive maximum exemptions from professional exams.


Specialist lecturers

Our academic team consists of lecturers who are specialists in their fields and have a breadth of experience.


There is good news for all sizes of employers. Larger employers can utilise their Apprenticeship Levy to fund this apprenticeship (Levy funding has to be used within 24 months or it is lost to the employer). For employers with a payroll of less than £3m, there is funding support available (see table below for more information).

​Employer type
Cost to employer
​Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years old
​No cost to employer – government funded. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19-year-old
​Non-Levy paying employers – payroll is less than £3m
​Government funds 90%. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19-year-old 

​Levy paying employers – payroll is greater than £3m
​Comes out of the Levy pot

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