Course at a glance

About the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

The AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting course is an internationally recognised qualification that is based on practical, real-world accounting/bookkeeping and computerised accounting knowledge you can put to use from day one. The AAT qualification is recognised and respected by employers providing students with excellent and secure career prospects for both employment and self-employment in the accountancy field.

You do not require any previous qualifications or work experience to begin this AAT level 2 training course and on completion of this qualification, you will be equipped to work in any area of finance and enjoy a varied and challenging role.

Please note that in order to achieve the AAT qualification you will need to join the AAT as a student member. The following items are not included in your course fees:
AAT Admission Fee£49 
AAT Annual Subscription£101 

Examination fees*:
AAT Foundation Certificate in AccountingFees vary between approximately £60-£85 per exam
*Exam fees vary depending on the exam centre. 
Postage & Packaging (Monday to Friday Delivery)£17
Postage & Packaging (Saturday Delivery)£25
Postage & Packaging Overseas£49


Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Understand the principles of processing financial transactions.
  • Prepare and process financial documentation for customers.
  • Understand the double-entry bookkeeping system.
  • Process supplier invoices and credit notes and calculate payments.
  • Understand discounts.
  • Maintain the cash-book.
  • Maintain petty cash records.
  • Process ledger transactions and extract a trial balance.
Bookkeeping Controls
  • Understand the purpose and use of control accounts and journals.
  • Maintain and use control accounts.
  • Maintain and use the journal.
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book.
  • Understand the banking process.
  • Understand retention and storage requirements relating to banking documents.
Elements of Costing
  • Understand the cost recording system within an organisation.
  • Be able to use the cost recording system to record or extract data.
  • Be able to use spreadsheets to provide information on actual and budgeted income and expenditure.
Work Effectively in Finance
  • Understand the accounting or payroll function within an organisation.
  • Be able to use a range of communication skills.
  • Work independently or as part of a team.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to meet personal and organisational needs.
  • Understand ethical values and principles.
  • Understand sustainable values.
Using Accounting Software
  • Accounting records.
  • Enter accounting transactions.
  • Perform a bank reconciliation.
  • Correct errors.
  • Produce a range of reports.
  • Maintain the security of accounting information using passwords and backup routines.
Final Synoptic Assessment (FSYA)This assessment is a computer-based assessment that is partially computer marked and partially human marked. The assessment will test your knowledge and understanding of the mandatory units and also embed the work effectively in finance unit. This will develop the professional skills and behaviours needed in the workplace. Students will be expected to show a good level of English and grammar in their written answers

Upon successful completion of this course students are eligible to enrol on to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

More information on the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting may be found below: