Level 3 & 4 Accountancy Apprenticeships
This is an apprenticeship, designed as an entry level role into the Accountancy Profession, and can lead into a variety of careers with supporting professional qualifications. The role is applicable to a wide range of employers across the sector in both large and small firms and in industry, practice and public sector. As such the assessment plan needs to have the flexibility to cater for these different operating models, support structures and commercial requirements.
The end-point assessment has 2 components which have been designed to be completed once the Apprentice has finished the on-programme learner journey demonstrated in appendix 1. Both components will need to be passed in order for the Apprentice to be awarded the Apprenticeship.
Apprentices will be expected to complete:
1) A synoptic end-test covering the knowledge and skills gained throughout the on-programme stage and detailed in the standard.
2) A portfolio and reflective discussion which will comprise a range of evidence produced in the work-place to show that the Apprentice has met the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed in the standard. The reflective discussion will be a structured interview to examine this evidence and the learner journey in more detail.
Apprentices can therefore expect to be assessed through a combination of testing in controlled conditions, evidence produced in the work-place and recorded interview, therefore comprehensively examining the work they have completed.
Portfolio and Reflective Discussion
The portfolio should be compiled so it reflects the full range of knowledge, skills andbehaviours detailed in the standard. This ideally will be evidence collated from the work-place such as, but not limited to, emails, letters, reports, presentations, appraisalinformation, witness testimonies.
Wherever possible we would encourage evidence provided to demonstrate theachievement of more than one knowledge and/or skill and/or behaviour
The reflective discussion will be conducted by the Independent assessment organisation,optionally accompanied by the employer.
The IAO is solely responsible for assessment of these 2 forms of evidence fromwhich they will make their judgement of pass, fail or distinction.
IAO requirements for conducting Reflective Discussion
The discussion should take place under exam conditions, which will be defined by the IAO(anticipated to take place at the employer’s premises to make it cost effective, butalternative venue should be used if this does not afford a suitable environment).
A minimum of 60 minutes of reflective discussion is required.
The IAO will specify the format / methodology for recording together with otherrequirements to satisfy their quality assurance responsibilities
The IAO will conduct and attend the reflective discussion session. This may be physicalattendance or remotely through SKYPE or equivalent means, again at the discretion ofthe IOA.