You would make sure a business pays its taxes and bills and that its employees get their wages on time.
You'd deal with accounting and finance in all types of businesses.
In larger companies you would work as part of an accounts team. In a smaller firm you might be responsible for dealing with all the wages and invoices.
- Process and pay invoices
- Record receipts and payments
- Prepare and check ledger balances and other monthly and yearly accounts
- Complete and submit tax returns, VAT returns and National Insurance contributions
- Handle company expenses
With experience, you might take on supervisor responsibilities and do more complex tasks. You would:
- Prepare financial reports
- Make financial plans
- Control budgets and spending
- Help qualified accountants with accounts inspections (audits)
- an interest in business and finance
- honesty and discretion
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Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.
There are no set entry requirements, however you could enter through studying an accountancy course at college or through gaining a relevant work-based qualification such as a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting (SVQ level 2/3).
- English (required by many courses and employers)
- Maths (required by many courses and employers)
Once in work you will need to pass accounting technician exams through the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) or Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Scheme.
If you are completing a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting (SVQ Level 2 /3) this is incorporated within the qualification. If you enter this job with a relevant college course you may be exempt from some parts of the exams.
Qualifications that show your employability skills and/or offer relevant work experience such as Skills for Work Financial Services (SCQF Level 5).
Once qualified you may find it helpful to become a member of AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).
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