Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2

Introduction to this course

Are you a college leaver hoping to start a career in Accountancy or someone who wants to re-train in Accountancy? Do you already have practical accounting experience but no formal qualifications? Then this course may be suitable for you. The AAT Certificate (Level 2) is a professional course for students who wish to obtain an accounting qualification. It includes five modules covering topics such as bookkeeping transactions, basic costings and computerised accounting. It is sponsored by three main accountancy bodies and is a nationally recognised qualification.

How to Apply?

You can find out more about applying here

Entry Requirements

This course is an open entry, but you must be confident in English and Mathematics. You may be asked to attend an interview. Confidence in English and Maths is desirable.

Duration of this Course

This is a one year course (30 weeks).
2017/18 classes are 10am to 2:30pm every Friday staring from 22/09/2017.

Career Prospects

This course is suitable for school leavers who wish to pursue a career in accountancy, people who are looking to retrain in accountancy or those who have practical accounting experience but no formal accountancy qualifications. It is essential that you gain practical accounting experience. Having successfully completed the Level 2 qualification, the natural progression is to the Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit examinations on a computer. You will need to achieve 70% in each module to pass.

You will learn through lectures, but you will be actively encouraged to join in and to contribute using your own accounting knowledge and work experience.

Course content/units

There are five units:

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

  • Expenses for this course

    Course Fees 2017/18: £795

    The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Textbooks and Exam fees £305
  • AAT joining fee and annual membership payable to AAT (see for latest rates)

  • This is a maximum course cost. Please note that fees vary depending upon your personal circumstances and government funding. Additional membership and exam fees may also apply. First year cost only. Additional fees will apply for further years of the course. Please contact the Student & Customer Services Team on 01935 423921 for more information.

    AAT membership fees are payable direct to the awarding body. Please check the AAT website,, for the most up-to-date information.