Course overview

Awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping will give you a solid introduction to bookkeeping and basic accounting practices to give you confidence in the workplace.

This course is ideal for those new to finance or those looking to brush up on their knowledge and skills. You will learn a range of basic accounting practices and techniques including manual double entry bookkeeping and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard, providing a great starting point for anyone wishing to start a career in the accounting industry.

Key facts

  • Attendance: 9.15am-1pm on Mondays during term times or Thursdays 5.30pm-8.30pm
  • Duration: Four to five months
  • Next start dates: 11 September 2017 (Mondays, 9.15am-1pm) and January 2018 (Thursdays 5.30pm-8.30pm)
  • Location: Godmanchester (Near 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 two units:

Bookkeeping Transaction

  • 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.


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.

Entry requirements

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

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.

£459 (or £97 per month on our Pay As You Learn scheme) plus AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £80)* and textbooks. Unfortunately this programme is not available to overseas learners.

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

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.

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 may wish to continue your studies by applying for the AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping course. Alternatively, you could undertake the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting.

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

  • Bookkeeper
  • Purchase Ledger Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk


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”