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Accounting AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate
B00050

This course is intended for someone who is about to launch a new career in accounts (or who has recently done so). This course covers basic bookkeeping and accounting, plus it introduces computerised bookkeeping principles, and some basic costing principles.

Course Content

All of the units within the qualification are mandatory.

Four units are assessed at the end of the unit, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification:

Bookkeeping Transactions
This unit introduces you to the double-entry bookkeeping system, and associated documents and processes. Learners will reach the stage of extracting an initial trial balance, before any adjustments are made.

Bookkeeping Controls
This unit is about control accounts, journals and methods of payment. It takes students through reconciliation processes and the use of the journal to the stage of re-drafting the trial balance, following initial adjustments.

Elements of Costing
The purpose of this unit is to give you a basic introduction to costing, building a sound foundation in the knowledge and skills they need for more complex costing and management accounting units such as Level 3 Management Accounting: Costing and later, Level 4 Management Accounting: Budgeting.

Using Accounting Software
This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks using accounting software. In the modern business environment, processing data and information into accounting software is a necessary task in most finance roles.

Work Effectively in Finance

This unit will help you to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed in the workplace. While this unit is set in the context of the finance function, these skills are transferable to many other working environments.

Entry Requirements

No previous business accounts experience is needed

You must be able to use Word and Excel.

You will also need to complete a literacy and numeracy screening assessment if you have not achieved GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or equivalent.

You will also be considered if you have recently achieved a level 1 or 2 in Bookkeeping.

First Class Requirements

Paper, pen and calculator

Assessment Methods

All assessments in this qualification are set and marked by AAT, and are computer based
are time limited

To achieve the qualification and to be awarded a grade, you must must pass all the mandatory assessments and the synoptic assessment.

Further Study Options

Accounting AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. When you have successfully completed the level 2 course you can progress onto the level 3 programme. This level 2 Certificate provides progression to the level 3 Diploma in Accounting and, in turn, the Accounting AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting, the latter providing exemptions to the Chartered Accounting bodies awards

The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:
an accounts administrator
an accounts assistant
an accounts payable clerk
a purchase/sales ledger clerk
a trainee accounting technician
a trainee finance assistant.

Additional Information

You will have to register with AAT. The fee will be approximately £120. Exam fees are included in the fees.
However if you are required to resit a paper you will be charged a fee.
You will be required to purchase AAT texts. Your tutor will advise you on this on the first day of class.