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AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2

Finance is the most required hard skill by employers in the UK followed by audtiting and accounting, according to the Skills Gap Trend Report 2021. With gaps in the the sector job market, there has never been a better time to learn accounting to help move your career forward.


This qualification is the very first step to a successful career in accounting and finance. It focuses on 'double-entry bookkeeping', which is the foundation stone of all accounting, and a pre-requisite for entry on to the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting. It also enables students to experience a 'taster' in accounts, prior to continuing to complete their Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, and if they so wish, moving on to level 3. The course combines the theoretical knowledge required for bookkeeping with practical skills, and it is this emphasis on skills that makes AAT highly valued and respected in the workplace. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is an established and well-respected international accountancy body with a growing membership totalling 120,000.


This introductory level will allow you the opportunity to develop your skills in finance administration, eg double-entry bookkeeping, purchase, sales and general ledgers, as well as the all-important 'error correction' principles you will need in your career.


You will be required to reach competence in two units, and these are:

  • Processing bookkeeping transactions
  • Controlling accounts, journals and the banking system

Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

Date Time Days Duration
09/03/2022 - 22/06/2022 9:15AM - 2:45PM Weds 13 weeks Apply

  • More course information

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £362*

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body AAT

    Is an interview required? No

  • Fees

    *If you meet the criteria for co-funding (most do), then you may be entitled to pay £362. Co-funded courses are courses that are paid for entirely or in part by the government. If you do not qualify then you would pay the full cost which is £724.

  • Are there any materials or resources that I need to bring to the sessions?

    You will need to buy the relevant course books to use within the sessions and for revision at home; you should also have pen/pencil, paper and a calculator.

  • What is expected from me at this level?

    The course does require commitment (both inside and outside the College) and it is essential that you attend all teaching sessions. We expect you to take the exams as per the Scheme of Work provided by the lecturer.

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?

    The level 2 certificate is open to all regardless of educational background and has no minimum entry requirement. However you will need to be reasonably competent in basic maths and the English language and we will go through a basic skills/competency check before you start the course.

    If you already have relevant work experience or qualifications you may want to start at the level 3 diploma. The AAT has developed an online Skillcheck to test your accounting knowledge and, depending on your score, it will guide you towards the appropriate entry level. Visit Skillcheck on the AAT website.

  • What experience would help me be suitable for the course?

    You do not need any particular experience to join the AAT course although you may recently have started working in an accounts function within a company, or be aiming to start your career in accountancy, or wish to start expanding your knowledge in a general administrative role.

  • How will I be taught?

    The teaching on this course will involve lectures, discussions and lots of worked examples. You will also spend time practicing using a PC for various modules, eg computerised accounting. Students will be expected to match the hours taught in the classroom with private study and to complete any homework set. There will be regular testing of knowledge in the classroom.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Each module will be assessed through a computerised exam except for computerised accounts, both of which will be assessed through a computer-based project. Throughout the course your lecturer will record your progress and provide informal, regular feedback.

  • What qualification will I get?

    Once you've completed the introductory level and are recognised as competent in both modules, you'll be awarded the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

  • What skills will I gain as a result of doing this course?

    You will learn bookkeeping skills such as preparing invoices, credit notes, and recording cash, cheque and card transactions, basic double-entry bookkeeping and costing principals. In addition, you will learn how to correct accounting errors, an area considered essential by employers.

  • What can the course lead to?

    On completion of this course, you will qualify for many bookkeeping positions. These might also include positions such as Purchase Ledger Clerk, Sales Ledger Clerk or similar. If you are self-employed, you should be able to keep your own accounting records. If you wish to continue your study, you should move on to the AAT Accounting Level 3 Diploma. This course is a pre-requisite for the level 3 diploma.

  • How do I join the course?

    To enrol, please click the Add to Basket button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. For more information, visit How to Enrol. Following enrolment, and within two weeks of the commencement of the course, you will be required to register as a member with AAT and pay the student admission fee (currently £40); you cannot proceed with the course unless you are an AAT student member.


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