AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting


This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The units cover the following topics:

Bookkeeping Transactions
Bookkeeping Controls
Elements of Costing
Synoptic Application of the above, including Working Effectively in Finance
Using Software for Accounts (SAGE)

The cost of the course is £880, though you may be eligible for fee remission if on relevant benefits.

Am I right for the course?

This course is aimed at those who are new to accounting or who may already be working in an accounts environment in a role such as Finance Assistant, Payroll Clerk, Sales or Purchase Ledger and Bookkeepeer.

You will need to have completed the AAT Skillscheck (available on the AAT website) with a result indicating you are working at Foundation Level.

A Reasonable standard of English and Maths is required to succeed on this course, at least to Level 1/GCSE 3/D.

Achievement at Level 1 I desirable.

You must be able to dedicate time to private study, typically 3-5 hours per week.

You will be asked to attend an interview or speak to one of the tutors to discuss the course.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be able to enrol on introductory courses in book keeping and accounting with a view to progressing to Level 3 at a later date.

You will be assessed via Computer-Based Assessments (CBAs) set and marked by the AAT. The qualification consists of five units:

Bookkeeping Transactions
Bookkeeping Controls
Elements of Costing
Synoptic Application of the above, including Working Effectively in Finance
Using Software for Accounts (SAGE)

Results are usually available immediately after the assessment, with the exception of SAGE, and the Synoptic, which are received after 6 weeks.

You must pass all five units in order to gain the qualification.

You will need to register as an AAT student. There is a one-off registration fee (Around £49) plus an annual subscription fee (Around £101).
The current rates can be found on the AAT website.
Please note: you cannot sit the AAT exams if you are not a member of the Association.
You will also have to purchase your own course books, which are around £21 per unit.
Exam resits are around £50-£55 per resit.

Oaklands has a team of staff for teaching and learning who are dedicated to help you reach your full potential and who have relevant accounting work experience in the profession and the commercial sectors.

What Next?

Your next move could be progression towards the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting and/or progression into employment in accounting roles, such as Accounts/Finance Clerk or Bookkeeper.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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