AAT Accounting Foundation Certificate Level 2

The AAT Accounting Certificate Level 2 course is an ideal introduction to accountancy which explores the fundamental concept of double-entry bookkeeping up to trial balance.

Students will learn how to prepare and record transactions in a manual and computerised double entry bookkeeping system to trial balance, how to prepare basic management information both manually and using IT and will be given an introduction to basic costing principles. This course is for learners aged 19 years and over.

Course Content

The course is unit based, with these being undertaken as a whole.

The standards for the course are set by the Qualifications and Credit Framework Authority with the qualification being awarded by the AAT.

Assessment per unit is achieved by external computer based exams.

All mandatory units must be completed before the synoptic exam is completed. The dates for exams are set. Exam re-sits are available at an additional cost set by the AAT.

AAT Accounting Certificate Level 2 units students will cover include:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance (Synoptic)

The College is able to offer accreditation by virtue of prior learning; however, strict criteria must be met to achieve this.

It is vital that students aiming for accreditation of the AAT Accounting Certificate Level 2 and eventual AAT membership attend all lectures.

Entry Requirements

This course is for learners aged 19 years and over

Students will require 3 GCSEs, including English and maths (grades A – C), or relevant work experience.

Applicants should visit the AAT website and undertake the skills check to ensure that they start at the correct level.

What Can I Do Next?

Successful completion of this course could allow students to gain employment in junior accounting positions, both in accountancy practice or industry/commerce. Students could progress to the Diploma in Accounting Level 3, to gain further accountancy skills that can lead to full membership of the AAT and to higher professional accounting qualifications.

How To Apply

The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2022 will be open from January 4th 2022.

Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you will be able to access it from this course page.

Once we are accepting applications and you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button which will appear below in the next menu.

Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.

We will begin to process applications for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year from January 2022.

During the spring-term applicants will receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests, which start to take place from May.

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

AAT Accounting Foundation Certificate Level 2
Course Outline: An ideal introduction to accountancy which explores the fundamental concept of double-entry bookkeeping up to trial balance
LevelLevel 2
Duration34 Weeks
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 4th January 2022
AttendanceLearners studying the full certificate have the choice of two attendance modes:
Attendance Mode 1:
1 Day per week:
Wednesday (9am-3pm)

Attendance Mode 2:
2 evenings (both) per week:
Tuesday (6pm-9pm)
Wednesday (6pm-8pm)
Price£866 (plus AAT fee. More information on AAT membership and current fees can be found at www.aat.org.uk)


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