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AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)


Business, Finance and Management

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



18 weeks



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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 an entry point for anyone wishing to start a career in accountancy or finance as manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles.The course will help students 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. The course is suitable for those already working in finance, those returning to work after a break or those wishing to change career.

What will I learn?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping includes two mandatory units:

Bookkeeping Transactions
Bookkeeping Controls

These two units 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

AAT does not set any formal entry requirements for the study of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success, it is recommended that students should have a good standard of English and Maths before starting the course with a GCSE at grade C 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.

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.

This course will run on the following dates and times:
1. Friday, 17/09/21 - 28/01/22 (17 weeks), 09:00-12:15, Chippenham
2. Monday, 13/09/21 - 24/01/22 (17 weeks), 09:00-12:15, Salisbury
3. Thursday, 16/09/21 - 27/01/22 (17 weeks), 09:00-12:15, Trowbridge
4. Wednesday, 2/2/22 - 29/06/22 (18 weeks), 09:00-12:15, Chippenham
5. Wednesday, 2/2/22 - 29/06/22 (18 weeks), 09:00-12:15, Salisbury

What Could I Do Next?

The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides underpinning knowledge needed to progress to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3).For the best chance of success in the Advanced Diploma, it is recommended that students supplement their learning from the Certificate in Bookkeeping with some additional reading prior to the start of the course.Your tutor will advise you on the recommended additional reading towards the end of your Bookkeeping course.

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