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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

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  • Ideal if you have no or minimal practical accounting experience
  • Leads to roles such as Accounts Assistant and Finance Administrator
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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Get your accounting career off to a flying start with an online AAT course from the UK’s most chosen AAT provider.

Choose AAT Level 2 and get started in your accounting career

Lay the groundwork for an exciting career in accountancy with this entry-level qualification from AAT. Study the basics and get to grips with accountancy before progressing to AAT level 3. Over five units, you’ll learn about a range of key topics from bookkeeping to accounting software.

Who is it for? Accounting beginners looking to learn the basics

Qualification: AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Location: Online Learning

Duration: Tutoring: 12 months Typical duration: 10 months

What is the AAT Level 2 course?

If you’re looking to start your journey to an accounting career, the AAT Level 2 Certificate is the first step towards full AAT membership. AAT Level 2 will teach you a foundation of key accounting skills that you will utilise throughout both your career and the remaining AAT qualifications.

This course is studied online via our award-winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). Here you’ll be able to access reading, videos, and interactive activities, all available 24/7 on desktop, mobile, and tablet. You’ll also receive proactive tutor support, meaning there’s someone to reach out to should you have any questions. You’ll also be able to interact with your fellow learners on the campus forums, supporting each other along the way.

AAT Level 2 includes:

  • Five online units with a hardcopy book for each
  • 24-hour access to the VLC
  • Sage One Accounts Extra Software accessed online for the Using Accounting Software unit
  • A Xero Advisor certification short course, for learning this fast-growing online accounting software
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Regular online live classes with dedicated tutors 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 TOTUM card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

All the above is included in the course price. The only additional costs are your AAT membership and exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

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What qualifications do I need to apply for AAT Level 2?

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 Skillcheck test if you do not have formal academic qualifications or work experience.

The following entry requirements apply:

  • Aged 18 or over, or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • A solid understanding of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • Access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable Internet connection, as well as 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

What are my career options after the AAT Level 2 qualification?

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 Officer – £21,000*

Payroll Administrator – £23,000*

For more on AAT salaries, check out our guide to careers and salaries with an AAT qualification.

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

Want to find out more about this course? Fill in the form at the top of the page to receive a free brochure.


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 computerisedaccounting 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.

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 accounting and payroll functions, learn about professional ethics and understand key business skills such as managing workload, personal development and literacy and numeracy skills

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 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. In fact we’re so confident that we offer you a Pass Guarantee: follow the milestones on the campus and if you don’t pass your synoptic exam first-time we’ll give you free tutor support for a resit.*

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
  • Free Xero Advisor certification and Xero Accelerate course add-on

Financial Options

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.

We can now offer you 0% finance on payment plans of up to 12 months, letting you spread the cost of your course without incurring any additional charges.*

You can also apply for our 24, 36, or 48-month payment plans offered by our finance provider Omni Capital*, with representative APR 12.9%. 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.

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“AVADO take the “distant” out of distance learning. They provide high levels of support and receive strong student engagement as a result, while they encourage progression through the entire AAT qualification.”

Nicky Fisher, AAT Past President

“This course has that structure and pace that is manageable and most importantly keeps me constantly engaged. I like that you can easily contact the tutor by phone or email and talk to classmates on the student forum giving each other tips and encouraging each other to push through.”

Sarah Eve Tucker, AAT Graduate

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