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Accounting and Finance


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Our Business & Professional courses offer a wide variety of study areas. For example, AAT Accounting courses, Business & Administration, Leadership & Management and CIPD courses.

Our courses lead to career opportunities in business specialisms in Finance, HR, Management and many more. On work experience and from our professional tutors, you will learn how to work effectively in accountancy and finance, develop your personal skills and communicate effectively.

You will learn many transferable skills to prepare you for the workplace and modern office environments.

Account skills you will develop include advanced bookkeeping, final accounts preparation, indirect tax, management accounting, ethics for accountants and many more. The business areas you will cover with us include exploring business, progression routes / leaving destinations after your time with us, and employment or professional qualifications in accountancy to name just a few. 

Please be aware the Accounting and Finance Pathway is currently only for those 19+ as these are part-time courses. 16 - 18 students can learn similar skills on any of our full-time Business courses.


By going onto one of our Accounting and Finance courses, you can go onto many roles in this sector. Careers include...

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Payroll Assistant
  • Tax Assistant
  • Finance Technician
  • Accountant

Depending on what course you do, you will look at some specialised areas which may help you decide what to progress to after college. Whether your future is progressing to a higher level course with us, joining the workforce in a variety of roles, or moving on to University, our Ashford College Accounting and Finance staff can help you achieve your goals.


On our Accounting and Finance pathway, we have worked with lots of external partners and continue to do so. We are proud to say that as a College, our partners include companies like the Ashford Designer Outlet, where our students can gain experience from big brands, and they can see what happens in our pathways in great detail. This also allows our students to ask questions and be given great advice by those with years of experience. We are also able to place our learners with a range of high quality businesses close to their home for their practical workplace experience.


Career Prospects

Example: Financial and accounting technicians

 Annual pay
£26,520 - £75,920
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 33% over the period to 2027, adding 7,827 jobs. In the same period, 63% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 14,974 job openings.

Role description

Financial and accounting technicians work alongside accountants and other financial professionals in managing the financial affairs of organisations.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Accounting and Finance

Varied Work Placements

Varied Work Placements

Our careers team will help point you in the best possible direction when it comes to work experience, with students working with a wide variety of companies over the last few years.

Hear from David - Accounting Student

Hear from David - Accounting Student

‘Ashford College was very helpful and secured me a work placement at TaxAssist Ashford. Thanks to the skills I have developed on the course, they have now offered me a Level 3 Apprenticeship role which will set me up successfully for my future .’ 

Highly Transferrable Skills

Highly Transferrable Skills

In Accounting, you will learn not only specialised skills for the industry, but also interpersonal skills that can you continue and transfer no matter what your future looks like. 

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100