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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2

Course Code: AAT008
Course Level: 2

Course Overview

Study towards an accredited, industry recognised award in accounting.

This course focuses on a range of basic accounting practices and techniques. It is ideal if you are new to accountancy, or if you already have some experience of working in finance and are keen to develop your career.

  • Study for one of the most widely known and respected accountancy qualifications in the UK and abroad
  • AAT qualifications are recognised internationally and by all UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies
  • AAT qualified accountants are highly sought after by small businesses and large multinational companies
  • Join a flexible profession that allows you to work either within a company or as a freelance accountant

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or online, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way with telephone and email support.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

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Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Bookkeeping Transactions (GLH: 60)
    • Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
    • Processing customer transactions
    • Processing supplier transactions
    • Processing receipts and payments
    • Processing transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance
    Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls (GLH: 45)
    • Understanding payment methods
    • Understanding controls in a bookkeeping system
    • Using control accounts
    • Using the journal
    • Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
  • Unit 3: Element of Costing (GLH: 45)
    • Understand an organisation’s cost recording system
    • Using a cost recording system to record or extract data
    Unit 4: Work Effectively in Finance (GLH: 45)
    • Understanding an organisation’s finance function
    • Using numeracy, literacy and communication skills
    • Working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’ responsibilities
    • Understanding ethical values, principles and importance of confidentiality
    • Understanding and explaining benefits to organisations of sustainable values
    Unit 5: Using Accounts Software (GLH: 45)
    • Recording and processing customer and supplier transactions
    • Recording and reconciling bank and cash transactions
    • Processing and using journals to enter accounting transactions
    • Production of reports for customer and suppliers
    • Production of a trial balance and general ledger reports

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed by four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment all of which are computer-based assessments that are taken at an external exam centre. The four unit assessments are available on demand throughout the year while the synoptic are available at set dates throughout the year. 

    Course Duration

    This course takes approximately 240 study hours to complete. Students have one year to complete the course from the date of enrolment.

  • Study Method

    Once you enrol, you will receive all course materials and Sage software by post. You will receive full tutor support via telephone and email for a year.

    Course Outcomes

    On successful completion of your AAT exams you will receive a Certificate awarded by The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has been established for over 30 years and is a leading membership organisation for over 120,000 accounting professionals.

    AAT qualifications are recognised internationally and by all UK chartered and certified accountancy bodies.

course questions & answers

What skills do I need to enrol onto this course?

You will need to have basic mathematical skills and IT literacy. 

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by telephone (available 4 days a week)
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts software
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
Will the Sage software work on any computer?

The Sage 50 Accounts software will only work on computers which run Windows 7 or higher, therefore Sage will not run on Windows XP. Sage software will not run on any Apple Macintosh computer. Please email us for full specification and compatibility details.

Are there any additional costs?

To sit your exams, you must join AAT as a student member, which will then give you access to their resources.  It is your own responsibility to pay for your student membership and exam fees, which are both payable to AAT. You will also need to pay your assessment centre fee’s, which will be paid directly to them.

Benefits and fees can be found on the AAT website.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    - Angelina Miller Clarke, Bradford

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