AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Subject: Accounting & Bookkeeping

Employers Students

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

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

Key Facts

  • Attendance: Half Day Release (Wednesday mornings: 9.15am-1pm), Evening Course (Thursday evenings: 5.30pm-8.30pm), or Distance Learning (No college attendance, start at any time)
  • Duration: Nine months
  • Next start dates: September 2020
  • Location: Godmanchester (Near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)

Entry Requirements

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

Course Content

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

The following five units will be studied:

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.

Assessment

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 you have not achieved your qualification by the planned end date detailed in your individual learning plan, continued support and course access is available by paying monthly direct debit payments until certification is achieved.

Full Fee Pay As You Learn
£1,049 £96 per month

Awarding Body Fees*

You will also be required to pay AAT membership, exam fees (approximately £205*) and textbooks.

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

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

These are current figures and may be subject to change. The differences in AAT course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be as a 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 the AAT Level 2 Accounting 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

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with CAW Business School, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect

Testimonials

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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