Accounting Level 2

The Accounting and Business Foundation Level 2 course programme will offer students the opportunity to gain valuable skills to enter the work place in a business, accounting or finance environment, while achieving a nationally recognised qualification that could ultimately lead to the full level 2 AAT Accounting and Business Qualification and AAT membership. The programme is suitable for a wide range of students who are looking to develop both their accounting and business skills and is particularly suitable for younger learners who wish to pursue a career in the financial world.

The programme will be based at the Colchester campus and delivered over three-four days using classroom based teaching and industry case studies and activities. It will include visits to appropriate institutions e.g. The Bank of England and guest speakers from a financial and business background.

Work experience and developing your English and maths skills is an integral and mandatory part of the course.

Please note: Students will be required to become student members of the AAT and this needs to be paid at the beginning of the year.  For further information on student fees, membership criteria and to undertake the AAT skills check, please visit

Learners who have any criminal or civil convictions, have been subject to a Debt Relief Order, County Court Judgements or have entered into an arrangement with their creditors should contact the AAT to discuss their membership application.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

The Accounting and Business Foundation Diploma course consists of the following units:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Working effectively in Accounting and Finance
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Business Communications and Personal Skills
  • Developing lifelong learning skills
  • Introduction to Payroll Systems
  • Introduction to Business and Company Law

Assessment is achieved by external computer based exams (8 exams)

Entry Requirements
  • 4 GCSEs (9-4), including English and Maths
  • An interview
Career Opportunities

On completion of the qualification, students can work in many roles including:  Accounts Assistant, Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor, Accounts Payable Clerk, Assistant Accountant, Audit Trainee, Bookkeeper, Corporate Recovery Analyst, Credit Controller, Finance Assistant, Insolvency Executive, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Supervisor, Practice Bookkeeper and Payroll and Tax Assistant.

Course Progression

Successful students will be able to progress onto an Apprenticeship or a Full-time programme in order to further their knowledge and skills.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Accounting Level 2
Course Outline: Basic Bookkeeping transactions and controls, SAGE accounting, costings, payroll, business communications, company law
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,365


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