Course overview

Awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is the foundation level of the internationally recognised AAT qualification.

If you are new to finance or want to expand your existing knowledge and skills, this qualification could be the ideal course for you. You will learn a range of basic accounting principles and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.

The AAT qualification is respected by employers around the world, providing you with excellent career prospects.

Key facts

  • Attendance: 9.15am-1pm on Mondays during term times
  • Duration: Nine months
  • Start date: 11 September 2017
  • Location: Godmanchester, Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire)

Membership of AAT

As a student on this programme you will need to register as a student member with the AAT. You can register online at Your AAT membership will give you access to extensive e-learning resources, forums, networking opportunities and practice assessments.

Course content

This course offers a combination of classroom lessons, regular tutorial support and online study.

You will look at the following five units:

Bookkeeping Transactions

  • Principles and procedures related to processing business transactions, financial documents and payments for customers and suppliers.
  • Developing skills in processing ledger transactions and preparing an initial trial balance.

Bookkeeping Controls

  • Maintenance and reconciliation of a cash book by accurately entering receipts and payments, balancing and reconciling with bank statements.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UK banking system and related organisational activities.
  • Petty cash transactions and the importance of the Journal as a primary accounting record.
  • Maintaining control over debtors and creditors, aided by preparation and use of debtor and creditor control accounts.
  • Non-standard bookkeeping transactions and double-entry bookkeeping records.

Work Effectively in Finance

  • Developing transferable skills and effective working in an accounting environment.
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrating workplace-ready standards of literacy and numeracy.

Elements of Costing

  • Cost recording systems within an organisation and how best to respond to requests for information relating to costs and expenditure.
  • Recording and extracting information, and using a costing system to provide information for management.

Using Accounting Software

  • Selecting and using computerised accounting or bookkeeping software to input and process data for orders, invoices, receipts and payments.
  • Preparing management and period-end reports.

Functional Skills

If you are undertaking this qualification as part of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting you will also undertake Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless exempt) and complete a CFA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook and Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills.


You will undertake computer based exams or projects. As an AAT accredited exam centre you will be able to take your exams at college without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

If you are undertaking Functional Skills you will also undertake exams and practical assessments to complete these.

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake this programme, however you should be competent in basic maths and English.

Intermediate Apprenticeship

If you are undertaking this qualification as part of the intermediate apprenticeship you must be living and working in England and employed in a suitable accounting/finance role, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. Unfortunately if you have a level 4 qualification or above (e.g. HNC/HND/Degree) you will not be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship.

Course fees

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

We offer two different payment options; payment in full, or our ‘Pay as you Learn’ monthly payment scheme – details of these payment options can be found here. Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any change in your financial undertakings it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Accounting

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?)
16-18 No fees payable No fees payable
19-23 £899 per year payable by employer £77 per month
24+ £959 per year payable by employer £81 per month
Overseas Not available Not available

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?)
16-23 £999 per year £97 per month
24+ £1,049 per year £99 per month
Overseas Not available Not available

In addition to course fees you will be required to pay for AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £205)* and textbooks. If you are fully funded, your exam fees will be refunded upon successful completion of term 1.

* Exam fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current fees and may be subject to change.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What next?

After completing this qualification, you will have the opportunity to apply for the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting course.

The Level 2 AAT qualification will allow you to work in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Accounts Administrator


What our AAT students say…

We asked our students what aspects of their course they have most enjoyed. Here are some of the things they had to say!

  • “Learning new skills, socialising with people within a similar field of work and with similar goals”
  • “I have really enjoyed the classes and follow up activities for homework. The resources are very good”
  • “Manageable sections. Broken down so not overloaded with information”
  • “Good tutor making a hard subject easy to understand with good examples”