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Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Accounting

A level 4 apprenticeship which takes approximately 18 months to complete on a day release basis. This apprenticeship is suitable for those working as Accounting Technicians/support staff in accountancy and finance functions and is divided into six units:

  • Financial Performance – Cost accounting managing costs, measuring performance etc.
  • Prep of forecasts, budgets, budgetary control etc.
  • Internal control – A thesis identifying weaknesses and making recommendations
  • Financial Statements – Company accounts, cash flow statements, IAS, business takeovers etc.
  • Credit Management and Control
  • Personal Taxation – Income from property, employment, Capital Gains etc.

The Apprenticeship is open to those aged 16+ in suitable employment who have completed the Intermediate Stage Level 3 Diploma and have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C in English and Maths.

Contact the Higher Futures Team for more details.



Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning

This course is made up of 6 units. A level 4 qualification which is mandatory for those who work in financial planning. Further details on what is covered in these units can be found at

Subject to adequate number, we are able to offer the individual units at the following cost per unit:

  • (R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics: £880
  • (R02) Investment principles and risk: £990
  • (R03) Personal taxation: £880
  • (R04) Pensions and retirement planning: £880
  • (R05) Financial protection: £660
  • (R06) Financial planning practice: £660

Contact the Higher Futures Team for more details.


Higher Futures is delivered by Wiltshire Council / Swindon Borough Council on behalf of Swindon and Wiltshire LEP.