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AAT accounting courses offer you an accredited route into accountancy if you have little or no experience. Choosing an online training course in accounting allows you to gain a professional qualification from home and around your current commitments.
Whether you are looking to start a career in accounting or advance from a junior role, our AAT Level 2 online course will lay the groundwork for your future in the accounting profession. On completion of the AAT Level 2
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The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Foundation) will give you an understanding of basic accounting principles and skills. You’ll lay the groundwork for a career in accountancy, with an initial focus on finance administration. Topics covered include double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles.
We translate the syllabus that the AAT sets into a combination of activities, classes, and other content to ensure you get the best learning experience possible.
The AAT Foundation Certificate consists of five units:
1. Bookkeeping Transactions
Review double-entry processes and business documentation, trial balances, the cashbook, reconciling a supplier’s statement, discounted transactions and payment records.
2. Bookkeeping Controls
Be able to prepare control accounts, use journals, understand the banking system, and manage cash books, petty cash and control accounts.
3. Elements of Costing
Learn how to calculate product costs and budget effectively using spreadsheets including cost
4. Using Accounting Software
Develop the skills needed to professionally process transactions using
AVADO students now have exclusive access to our free Xero Accelerate add-on to the Using Accounting Software unit. Revisit the case studies and apply your new skills within Xero's online accounting software and future-proof your knowledge.
5. Work Effectively in Finance
Discover how to work effectively within an accounting team, complete
Also included in your course is a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. You will learn the basics of using Xero's cloud-based accounting software, giving your CV another edge in a competitive job market.
During the course, you will take five exams: four computer-based assessments and one synoptic exam, which will all be held at an approved exam
Key course information:
- Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
- Level 2 qualification - comparable to a GCSE or higher diploma level qualification
- Four computer-based exams and one synoptic assessment, all taken at an external test
- Typically complete within 9 months
- Free Xero Advisor certification and Xero Accelerate course add-on
Your course includes everything you need to succeed:
- 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
- Five online units with a hardcopy book to support each one
- Sage One Accounts Extra Software accessed online for the Using Accounting Software unit
- Exclusive Xero Accelerate add-on for the Using Accounting Software unit
- Xero Advisor certification short course for learning the basics of Xero online accounting software
- Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
- Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
- Revision classes, assignment marking and feedback to help you improve
- Pass Guarantee – hit the milestones and get free tutor support for a resit if you don't pass a synoptic exam first-time*
- Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
- Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts
We believe you shouldn’t have to pay extra essentials like revision and assignment marking. That’s why we include everything above in the price. The only additional costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.
The Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an entry level qualification, however we advise that you have formal academic qualifications in mathematics and English, or formal work experience. We will work with you to ensure this level is right for you by asking you to take AAT’s
The following entry requirements apply:
- You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
- You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
- You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable Internet connection, plus basic computer skills
- You must be able to attend all exams at an AAT Approved centre
. Students outside the UK will incur an additional cost for international postage of textbooks
The AAT Foundation Certificate (Level 2) gives you a solid base of foundational knowledge and skills to build an accounting career on. The qualification will give you “part-qualified” status and make you eligible for a wide variety of entry-level accounting roles, especially those with an administration focus. Having this qualification on your CV will give you an edge in proving your competence and dedication to potential employers.
Many students, particularly graduates, begin their AAT studies with this course. The next step in the full AAT pathway is the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3), which then progresses on to the Professional Diploma (Level 4). Once you complete the full pathway, you will have in-depth knowledge of advanced accounting processes and will also be eligible to become an AAT Full Member (MAAT).
Here are a couple of roles you’ll be eligible for after gaining this qualification:
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*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017
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The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees and a globally recognised accrediting body for accounting qualifications with over 125,000 members worldwide.
AAT Accounting qualifications are highly valued by employers, as they demonstrate that you have practical skills that you’ll need to manage cash flow, budgets, and finances effectively, as well as the commitment and dedication to succeed in an accountancy role.
Once you complete the Professional Diploma (Level 4) AAT qualification you can become a full AAT Member and put the letters MAAT after your name, giving you professional recognition of your qualifications.
The AAT qualification pathway can also be the stepping stone to chartered accountant status with one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, including the ACCA. You won't need a degree and will even qualify for some exemptions from the first papers of the ACCA qualification.
All our AAT courses have rich assets including videos, animations and recorded lessons. See below for an example of a recorded lesson on Financial Statements which you can watch here for free.