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Apprenticeships for Employees

The HFMA level 4 accounting apprenticeship offers a healthcare tailored programme to support you to gain a professional accounting qualification. Our programme will provide you with further professional development that is fully funded by your employer, whilst earning a salary.

What you will achieve

Through the HFMA level 4 accounting apprenticeship you will gain a professional qualification in either AAT, ACCA Diploma or CIMA Diploma. 

You will also develop new skills and behaviours with HFMA’s wider healthcare content and the support of a skills coach. The programme typically includes the following HFMA content: 

- How the NHS is funded and structured
- Changes in the NHS politics government policy and the NHS
- The NHS in England
- The commissioners contracts and payments
- Expenditure and the NHS’s objectives and values
- The need for change
- Financial planning
- Integration and healthcare

On completion of the apprenticeship the employee will have an exemption from one exam of the HFMA level 4 qualification.

How long does it take to complete?

The apprenticeship typically takes around 18 months, but this can vary depending on the apprentice. The funding for the programme comes from your employer’s apprenticeship levy. Your employer will also give you study leave in order to complete your accountancy and wider training.

Who can apply?

New recruits
You may be a school leaver, a graduate or non graduate who wants to start a career in finance with a healthcare focus. 

Existing staff
There are a wide range of typical roles you may be undertaking however you will likely be working in the finance or related department in the NHS or for an NHS supplier.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements will be set by your employer and therefore may vary. You will typically need five GCSEs grade 4-9 (old system A*-C) You may be required to take functional skills maths and english at level 2, if you do not already hold the equivalent qualification GCSE grade 4-9 (old system A*-C).

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