AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Build a strong foundation of basic accounting skills

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AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
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Who is it for?

Accounting beginners looking to learn the basics

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Qualification

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

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Duration

Typical completion: 9 months

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Get started in your accounting career with AAT Level 2

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 course you will have a firm grasp of the typical business practices and skills used in accounting and, having gained your AAT Level 2 Certificate, you will be ready to progress onto further study with the AAT and take up a basic accounting role.

 

Get AAT qualified with learning that works from AVADO

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and exceptional AAT pass rates, an AAT course with us gives you the best chance to pass first time:

Great teachers and inspiring content 
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content including videos, quizzes and live classes.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!  

An online platform built around you
Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

Affordable, all-inclusive prices
Payment packages to suit your budget. And no hidden surprises.

An award-winning provider you can trust
Winner of two AAT 2016 Awards including Best Use of E-learning and PQ Magazine Editor’s Choice Award 2017.

With 6,000 AAT students qualifying with us each year, we know this is learning that works. Enquire now to find out how it can work for you.

 

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 behaviour, manufacturing accounts, labour costing, product coding and costing for inventories.

4. Using Accounting Software
Develop the skills needed to professionally process transactions using computerised accounting software, learn how to effectively set up a company, create customer and supplier records, manage ledgers, enter sales and purchase transactions, and understanding banking receipts and payments.

5. Work Effectively in Finance
Discover how to work effectively within an accounting team, complete accounting and payroll functions, learn about professional ethics and understand key business skills such as managing workload, personal development and literacy and numeracy skills

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 centre. The AAT introduced synoptic exams as part of their new AQ2016 syllabus, designed to test your knowledge across all the units in a qualification. Our programme has been designed with these synoptic assessments in mind so you know you’ll be fully prepared before you sit them. Along with advice from your tutor, you can decide when you’re ready to take your exams.

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 centre
  • Typically complete within 9 months

 

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 UACS
  • 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
  • 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 cost is your AAT membership, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

As this is a foundation level course there are no formal academic or work experience requirements. A basic qualification in mathematics or keen interest in accounting is desirable, plus an intention to progress your career. If you are unsure which level is right for you, the AAT offer a Skillcheck test.

The following prerequisites 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 a UK based AAT Approved centre. Students outside the UK will incur an additional cost for international postage of textbooks.  

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

You can also apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 16.9%. Take a look at a representative APR Example or enquire now and speak to one of our Course Advisors.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call. 

* Exact package varies by course; all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with AVADO. Any offer of credit will be subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions AVADO is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 

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:

Accounts OfficerPayroll Administrator
£21,000*£23,000*

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

All our AAT courses are delivered through our award-winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet anytime, wherever you are.  

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Frequent live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

Want to see for yourself? Check out the video below for a guided tour of the AAT campus:

 

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.

 
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