AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2

Course codes: AAT008 / AAT027

Kickstart your accounting career by studying towards an accredited, industry recognised AAT qualification in accounting.

  • Achieve an accounting qualification with one of the most respected and widely known awarding bodies in the UK and abroad
  • AAT qualifications are recognised both internationally and by all UK chartered and certified accounting bodies
  • Accountants who hold an AAT qualification are highly sought after by companies ranging from small businesses to large multinational companies
  • Accounting is a flexible profession that allows you to work either within a company or as a freelance accountant
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This course is only available as a study pack.
Course overview

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.

As well as your AAT course materials and tutor support, this package course includes the examination fees required to successfully complete your course and gain your AAT qualification.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 240 study hours.

Course Outcome

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

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 16 years old.


4 unit exams and 1 synoptic assessment.

Course content
  • 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
  • Understanding payment methods
  • Understanding controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Using control accounts
  • Using the journal
  • Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
  • Understand an organisation’s cost recording system
  • Using a cost recording system to record or extract data
  • 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
  • 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
Extra info


This course is assessed by four unit exams and one synoptic assessment. Your unit exams and synoptic assessment are computer-based assessments that take place 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.

You have 9 tutor marked assessments that will help you track your progress and you can complete these in as much or as little time as you need.

If you add on the exams, the exams and synoptic assessment for this course will need to be taken at a centre in Irthlingborough, near Northampton. We will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Please note – when you add the exams on, it is important to note that we are only able to book assessments at the specified centre in Irthlingborough, and you must therefore be prepared to travel to the centre to complete your assessment.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book at pay for these yourself.

Course Duration

This course takes approximately 240 study hours to complete. Students have up to 1 year to complete the course from the date of enrolment.

Study Method

Once you enrol, you will receive all course materials. We will send an email with a link to download the free Sage software. You will receive full tutor support via 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).

Awarding Body

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.


You must be 16 years old in order to enrol onto this course, as well as have basic mathematical skills and IT literacy. The free software is provided as a download so you will need to ensure that you have an internet connection.

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College study pack
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts software (downloadable via a link we’ll send by email)
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card

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. The free software is provided as a download so you will need to ensure that you have an internet connection.

To sit your exams, you must join AAT as a student member, which will then give you access to their resources. If you add on your exams, they are included within the price of the course. However you don’t add on your exams, you will need to book and pay for these yourself.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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