AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

Subject: Accounting & Bookkeeping

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AAT level 2 Bookkeeping Certificate in London and Leeds


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

AAT qualifications are ideal for those new to finance or those looking to brush up on their knowledge and skills. A range of basic level 2 accounting practices and techniques are studied 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.

For this programme it is necessary for the student to register as a student member with the AAT. This can be online at www.aat.org.uk. AAT membership will give access to extensive e-learning resources, forums, networking opportunities and practice assessments that will be beneficial for the attendee throughout the course.

Key Facts

  • Attendance: Half-day classes or blended learning.
  • Duration: Six months.
  • Location: Huntingdon or blended learning.
  • Next start date: January 2024. Please note, blended learning students can start at any time.

Course delivery details:

Location Attendance Options Day Time
Huntingdon Half-day release (am) Wednesdays 9:15am-12:30pm
Blended Learning No college attendance required, start at any time n/a n/a


Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping, competency in basic maths and English is necessary.

Course Content

This bookkeeping qualification offers a combination of classroom or online lessons and regular tutorial support. In addition to your classroom or online lessons, students will be expected to study for an additional eight hours per week.

The following two units will be studied:

Introduction to Bookkeeping

This unit provides students with an understanding of manual and digital bookkeeping systems, including the associated documents and processes. Students will learn the basic principles that underpin the double-entry bookkeeping system and will learn that digital accounting systems are automating some of the stages in the process

  • 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.

Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired from studying Introduction to Bookkeeping and explores control accounts, journals and reconciliations. It takes students through a number of processes used in bookkeeping that help verify and validate the entries made. These processes enable the student to understand the purpose of control accounts and associated reconciliations. Students will also understand the use of the journal to the stage of redrafting the trial balance, following initial adjustments.

  • 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.


Computer based exams or projects will be undertaken. As we are an AAT accredited exam centre these exams can be taken at College without the need to travel to an external exam centre.

Course Fees

Course fees can either be paid in full before the beginning of the course, on an annual basis, or via our ‘Pay As You Learn’ monthly payment scheme.

If your employee has not achieved your qualification by the planned end date continued support and course access is available by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification is achieved.

Full Fee Pay As You Learn
£482 £96 per month


Awarding Body Fees*

Payment for AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £188*) and textbooks (approximately £33 per unit) will also be required.

* Awarding Body Fees are payable by all students or employers and recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

For students needing to finish the old syllabus, exam fees are approximately £98 plus the AAT annual registration fee.

What Next?

Following completion of the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping qualification your employee may wish to continue their studies by applying for one of the following courses:

Their course tutor, or a member of our Customer Advice Team, will help to determine the most suitable progression course.


What our AAT students say…

We asked our students what aspects of their AAT 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”
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