Occupational Qualifications

Occupational Qualifications

These are qualifications which demonstrate competence in the workplace. They are popular because they can be taken whilst still working and they can demonstrate an individual's true aptitude. The qualifications cover all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance.

Occupational qualifications can be taken as part of an apprenticeship programme, by full-time employees or by school and college students.

There is no written test or examination with an occupational qualification. They are assessed by the candidate proving that they can work competently through gathering evidence of work for a portfolio or through being observed by a qualified assessor.

The FSP has developed occupational qualifications in the following areas:

  • Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll
  • Credit Management
  • Providing Financial Services
  • Providing Financial Advice and Mortgage Advice

The table below shows which qualifications are available and which awarding bodies offer these qualifications. Further information including the QCF units, qualification structures and assessment strategies can be downloaded on the right-hand-side of the page.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland  
Level 2 Certificate in Accounting AAT, ACCA, City & Guilds and Edexcel
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting AAT, ACCA, City & Guilds and Edexcel
Level 4 Diploma in Accounting AAT and ACCA
   
Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping ABC Awards and IAB
Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping IAB
   
Level 2 Diploma in Credit Management ICM
Level 3 Diploma in Credit Management ICM
   
Level 2 Certificate in Payroll IAB
Level 3 Certificate in Payroll IAB
   
Level 2 NVQ in Retail Financial Services City & Guilds, Edexcel and EDI
Level 3 NVQ in Retail Financial Services City & Guilds, Edexcel and EDI
   
Level 3 Certificate in Mortgage Advice Edexcel
Level 4 Certificate in Financial Advice Edexcel

 

Scotland  
Certificate in Accounting at SCQF Level 5 AAT
Diploma in Accounting at SCQF Level 6 AAT
Diploma in Accounting at SCQF Level 8 AAT
   
Level 2 SVQ in Providing Financial Services Edexcel and SQA
Level 3 SVQ in Providing Financial Services Edexcel and SQA

 

Who to contact?

Lynn Bryson
Financial Skills Partnership
Qualifications and Policy Manager
E: [email protected]
T
: 0845 618 2368 

 


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