AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

Introduction: AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accountancy

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study.

This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career.
The Foundation Certificate is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. This qualification could also help someone who is already working in an entry-level finance role to progress in their career by offering them development and formal recognition of their skills.

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.

If students do have any other relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, these may in certain circumstances entitle students to claim exemptions.

Recommended Timeframe: Two academic terms / 7-8 month

How and When Can I Study? - AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

Blended / Distance Learning:

  • £660 (only £150 deposit required)
  • PDF Manuals (hard copies available additional cost)
  • Tutor Support - via e-mail, phone and webinar
  • Ability to take assessments at any AAT assessment centre
  • Course fee does not include AAT membership, sage accountancy software or exam fees.

Classroom Learning:

  • £1,500 (only £150 deposit required)
  • Daytime classroom attendance (09:30 - 14:30) 1 day a week in term-time for 2 terms
  • Textbook and workbook for each unit
  • Price does not include AAT membership or exam fees

When Can I Start?:

  • Classroom learning can be started at the start of each academic term (January, April and September)
  • Distance learners can start anytime of the year

Resources Provided:

  • Textbooks and workbooks for each unit
  • AAT student registration and access to online learning content
  • SAGE software via SAGE One
  • Tutor support

What does the qualification cover - AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units:

• Bookkeeping Transactions
• Bookkeeping Controls
• Elements of Costing
• Using Accounting Software
• Work Effectively in Finance (assessed via the synoptic assessment)

Additional detail on units and learning outcomes

The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education.

All of the units within the qualification are mandatory:

Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments.

This qualification also requires a synoptic assessment that students sit at the end of programme.  

The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.


How much does it cost - AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

CMS are able to offer funding for this training in the form of:

  • 0% Finance over 1-3 years (10% deposit)
  • Interest Free Direct Debit over 3, 6 or 9 months (£150 deposit)
  • Apprenticeships

For more information call CMS on 01924 470 477

Interest Free Payment Plans: AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

Monthly Instalments Classroom Distance
3 Instalments £450 p/m £170 p/m
6 Instalments £225 p/m £85 p/m
9 Instalments £150 p/m n/a

Career Opportunities - AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

Potential Salary:

Your typical salary range will be between £8,320 to £24,000*.

*AAT’s 2013 Salary Survey. Range represents the middle 75%.

Potential jobs after completing this qualification:

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Officer
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Tax Assistant/Trainee
  • Trainee Accounts Technician

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