This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level bookkeeping qualification, ideal if you are seeking an introduction to basic bookkeeping principles and skills.
What will I learn?
This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.
This short course, studied over four months, will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage books effectively – including double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.
This qualification can be used as a fast track to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
Units of Study
- Bookkeeping Transactions
- Bookkeeping Controls
The level 2 course covers a range of key areas, including:
- Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
- Process customer transactions
- Process supplier transactions
- Process receipts and payments
- Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance
- Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
- Use control accounts
- Use the journal
- Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book
You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.
Study Method – Online and On Campus
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.
Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.
On campus, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Experienced tutors will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and are on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed through a total of two computer-based exams, one taken at the end of each unit.
Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.
Entry requirements (minimum)
AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT qualification in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success it is recommended that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.
Students are advised to use the AAT skill Checker prior to starting the course: www.aatskillcheck.org/home.aspx
Once you have your results, you should discuss them with the college to agree your starting qualification, and get started on your AAT Accounting Qualifications path.
All students must apply for AAT student membership prior to the course starting. You can apply here: www.aat.org.uk/register/student
Jobs and further study
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping.
Students completing the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. If you do choose to continue your studies in this way, then your achievements in the Bookkeeping qualification are carried over to the longer Accounting qualification.
The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Clerical Assistant, Trainee Bookkeeper, Accounts Clerk, Finance Assistant and Accounts Administrator.