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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting — Level 2

Key course information

Business, Finance and Management


35 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

The Association of Accounting Technicians is well recognised and respected as a professional membership body throughout a wide range of businesses and requires its members to have a professional and ethical approach throughout their accountancy and finance careers.The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides you with an entry if you are wishing to start a career in accountancy or finance as manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles.The course will help you to develop a strong foundation of bookkeeping knowledge and skills needed to work in accountancy and finance or to go on to study higher-level bookkeeping or accountancy.?It will also be suitable for you if you are already working in finance, looking to return to work after a break or wishing to change career.

two students sat behind desk
two students sat behind desk

What will I learn?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping includes two mandatory units. Bookkeeping Transactions and Bookkeeping Controls which will introduce you to double-entry bookkeeping, which is fundamental to the preparation of financial accounting records and statements.?You will be able to check transactions for accuracy, make entries in appropriate books and ledgers, and calculate sales invoices and credit notes.

You will also cover more complex Foundation level bookkeeping procedures, including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances, and will develop your understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records.

Entry Requirements

- It is recommended that you have a good standard of English and Maths before starting the course with a GCSE at grade C (4-5) in both subjects, or equivalent.

- If you do not have formal qualifications in English and Maths, please discuss your situation with the course tutor during your interview.


Any student who has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings, IVA or other arrangements with creditors should contact AAT before enrolling on the course. Such arrangements will not normally prevent you from studying AAT, however it may not be possible for you to sit assessments until the arrangements have expired.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

During weekly classes your tutor will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed for each unit, using a variety of resources including lectures, handouts and e-learning via the college virtual learning environment.

Time in class will always include the completion of practice questions to consolidate knowledge, and this will be reinforced by home study. Homework will be set most weeks, and you will also need to allow time for reading and working through questions in your textbooks.Regular attendance in class is essential to maximise your chance of success.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is assessed by online examinations which will be taken at stages through the course. Your assessment will be assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ and you will receive your result at the end of the examination.

Additional Costs and Information

The course fee includes all tuition and the cost of your first attempt at each assessment.

You will need to buy textbooks costing approximately £40 and your tutor will tell you what textbooks to buy at the start of the course.

Before you can sit any assessments you will need to register with AAT, at a cost of approximately £50. We recommend that you register as early as possible as this will give you access to the many study resources provided by AAT.

Should you need to re-sit any assessments, you will need to pay a re-sit fee of approximately £55 per assessment.

You will need to bring paper, pens and pencils and a calculator to each class. You will also need a large folder, such as a lever-arch file, to keep your handouts and notes in good order.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Business, Finance and Management

Career Opportunities

  • Business Partner
  • HR Advisor
  • Data Analyst

  • Accountant
  • Budgeting Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk

  • Business Development Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Manager

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