About the course

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting offers grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress in finance and accounting-related careers, or towards further study by offering development and formal recognition of skills.

Our blended learning approach enables students to benefit from both face-to-face teaching at Harlow College and online lessons available on demand. This approach offers a truly flexible study experience.

In addition to attending face-to-face classes fortnightly, students will be expected to undertake between 5 and 6 hours of additional study out of college.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to enrol on this course but you will need to complete a skills check at L2 and have a good standard of literacy and numeracy. All applicants will be required to attend an interview.

How much does it cost?

Course fee £635.00
Free if unemployed, in receipt of benefits and looking for work or earning less than £15,736  a year.

19-23 – free if first full L2

Assessment fees - £70-80 per assessment

AAT admission and annual membership fee - £135

Examination fees
Level 2 Certificate Fees vary between approximately £60-£85 per exam

Why study?

This course will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It helps to build a solid foundation in finance administration including double entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and using accounting software. At the end of the course you will have developed finance, accountancy, business and communications skills.

Where will this course take me?

This course will develop a range of accounting skills including processing payments and receipts, preparing invoices and completing bank reconciliations. You will learn to use accounting software and develop effective communications skills including letter, memo and informal report writing. The course is an ideal stepping stone to entry level accounting jobs and to the L3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Possible job options

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Trainee Accounts Technician

Potential Salary

£10,000 - £24,000

Core modules

Specific areas covered are:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work effectively in Finance

How will I be assessed?

All AAT assessments are practical computer based assessments, available to sit throughout the year. The qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, which draws on and tests your understanding of connections between topics covered across the qualification.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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