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AAT L2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

About the course

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level bookkeeping qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic bookkeeping principles and skills.

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly, on every other Tuesday.

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?

Free if unemployed, in receipt of benefits and looking for work or earning less than £17,004.00a year.

AAT admission and annual membership fee: £135

Examination fees vary between approximately £60-£85 per exam

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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.

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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. 

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?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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