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Professional Services Level 4

The higher apprenticeship represents a new entry route into professional services.

The professional services apprenticeship allows you to take on a key role in supporting businesses improve and grow. You’ll gain both the finance and business skills fundamental to a successful career in the industry.

What Will I Be Doing?

The professional services apprenticeship allows you to take control of your career path from the start, and you can choose one of three pathways:

      • Audit
      • Tax
      • Management Accounting

 
The pathway that you choose during this qualification will depend on what career path you wish to take following the qualification, and the needs of the employer that hires you during your apprenticeship.

You will also spend time away from your role, learning the technical skills and theoretical knowledge that will enable you to thrive.

The minimum time frame required to complete this qualification is 18 months, and it will take the average learner approximately this long to do so.

What Qualifications Will I Get?

The Professional Services Level 4 Tax pathway consists of:

      • Competence Qualification C1 – Diploma in Tax Practice
      • Knowledge Qualification K1 – Diploma Tax, and K2 – Diploma in Accounting and Business
 

The Professional Services Level 4 Audit pathway consists of:

      • Competence Qualification C1 – Diploma in Audit Practice
      • Knowledge Qualification K1 – Diploma in Accounting and Business
 

The Professional Services Level 4 Management Accounting pathway consists of:

      • Competence Qualification C1 – Diploma in Business Accounting Practice
      • Knowledge Qualification K1 – Diploma in Business Accounting
 

All pathways include:

      • Functional skills in Maths
      • Functional skills in English
      • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

What Are The Entry Requirements?

No formal qualifications are required, but it’s important that you are enthusiastic, motivated, and prepared to work hard. An ability to work with numbers, an interest in finance, and good communication skills are also key to success in the role.

What Can I Do Afterwards?

The Professional Services level 4 qualification is a new way for learners to access the highly skilled jobs in the finance sector. Roles available vary depending on the pathway you choose to study.

Careers following the Audit pathway:

Work in both statutory audit and assurance roles, from conducting audits and checking financial records, to drafting reports.

Careers following the tax pathway:

Work in a range of tax areas, including personal tax and corporation tax. Assist with the preparation of tax returns, the completion of various tax forms, and offering tax consulting.

Careers following the Management Accounting pathway:

Work in a wide variety of finance roles, across any type of organisation, assisting with reporting of financial information, preparing budgets and forecasts, analysing data, preparing accounts, and providing bespoke reports and management information.

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