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

To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete and return the part-time application form in the next menu.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some part-time courses will run more than once per academic year.

Please see the menu below for the next course start date.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the part time application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

The College at Braintree
Church Lane

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.

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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 Institute
Start DateSeptember 2021
AttendanceLearners studying the full certificate have the choice of one of the following attendance modes:
1 Day or Aft/Eve per week:
Day: Wednesday (9am-3pm)
A/E: Wednesday (1pm-9pm)
Or 2 evenings (both) per week:
Wednesday (6pm-9pm) &
Thursday (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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