AAT Accounting - Level 2 Foundation Certificate


Accounting - AAT Level 2 Certificate

About the course

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance. The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study. This qualification is suitable for adults returning to work after a break, or for anyone wishing to change career. The Foundation Certificate is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. This qualification could also help someone who is already working in an entry-level finance role to progress in their career by offering them development and formal recognition of their skills.

You should have fluent written and oral communication skills (maths and English at L1) and these will be tested at a formal interview prior to full enrolment. 

Useful strengths to have: 

  • Confidence with numbers 
  • Time management 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Problem solving

Or you have completed the Level 1 in Access AAT, Computerised accounts and Bookkeeping Level 1 completed.



The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units, including:

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

Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit toward the end of the qualification. The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning. A student completing this qualification will develop skills in double-entry bookkeeping and will understand how to use journals, control accounts and a trial balance. Students will also learn how to use an accounting software package, how to process financial information in accordance with company procedures and schedules, and how to provide information to colleagues, suppliers and/or customers as required.

Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • an accounts administrator
  • an accounts assistant
  • an accounts payable clerk
  • a purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • a trainee accounting technician
  • a trainee finance assistant

The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher-level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced and Professional Accounting Qualifications.

Further Information 1

If you require any further information please visit our awarding body website 

https://www.aat.org.uk/ or please contact our customer team.

Course information

Start date
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03 February 2020

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Course level
Level 2
Course code
Start date
End date
6 months
This course runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:15am to 5pm
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

Fully Funded
£85.00 per year
£85.00 per year
£632.50 per year
£85.00 per year
£1265.00 per year

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