Do you have good maths and money skills and like the idea of working in a fast moving sector?
Do you like to be organised and make sure things add up?
If so the finance and accounting sector could be for you.
- Money or finance businesses offer many career opportunities like working in a bank or building society, an insurance company, in the money markets (like the stock exchange), or in accountancy.
- Some careers in finance are definitely for risk takers, others for the more cautious, some are ideal for decision makers – and many have an advisory role.
- 78,000 people work in financial services in the South West. In the South East which includes Oxford, Thames Valley and Solent there are 130,000 working in the financial services sector
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths and business studies will help get you into this sector but most other GCSEs will be useful too.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and for others a higher education qualification, like an HND or degree will mean you start in a more senior position.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- If you are not sure which route you want to take Ernst and Young offer a scheme called Smart Futures - paid work experience and mentoring for A level students in Year 12 so you can see if finance is for you.
- The Gap Year scheme in finance offered by Deloitte allows you to work for nine months gaining new skills and then get paid to go travelling or volunteering for three months.
- Higher Apprenticeships/ School leaver schemes in accountancy and finance. These are very popular with students and employers. You can work your way up from level 2 all the way to being a chartered accountant. You can either choose to do an apprenticeship or study part time to gain AAT qualifications. Training companies such as Kaplan, BPP and your local FE college may offer these AAT courses at level 2 and level 3. Barclays and KPMG offer a Higher Apprenticeship schemes to school leavers and the opportunity to study level 4 AAT
- If you are aiming for at least 104 UCAS points [BCC] you could apply for a Bright Start Apprenticeships with Deloitte. These offer you the chance to specialise and gain qualifications in a range of financial areas from cyber security, tax consulting, technology, audit and assurance, strategy and operations.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to finance, or accounting that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to finance, or accounting across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course at a college related to accounting, or finance (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to finance, or accounting.
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