Get your bookkeeping career started with AAT Level 2

Want to quickly learn the essentials of bookkeeping? This course will give you the skills and knowledge every business needs.

What is the AAT Level 2 bookkeeping qualification?

Level 2 will give you the skills you need to get ahead in bookkeeping. You’ll learn essential bookkeeping knowledge that you can use immediately and carry on using right the way through your career.

Who is it for?

Bookkeeping beginners looking to learn the basics

What qualification will I get?

AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)


6 months of tutor time

Why should I choose AVADO?

When you study with us you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.

Here’s some of the reasons we’re the best place for AAT:

The UK’s biggest online AAT learning community

More online AAT students study, pass, and get qualified with us than anyone else.

Award-winning learning

A course should be more than a textbook – learn from videos, infographics, interactive quizzes, and more

Teachers with real expertise

Our tutors have decades of experience within the bookkeeping industry  so you’ll get practical knowledge you’ll really need in your career.

Study anytime, anywhere

Fit studying into your busy day with bite-sized activities built for mobile

What’s included?

No one likes having to pay a surprise bill. That’s why we include everything we can in cost of your course:

  • 24-hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus, plus an E-book for each unit
  • A Xero Advisor certification course where you’ll learn a popular online accounting software
  • Revision classes to get you ready for exams
  • AAT Bookkeeping Subscription (you need this to sit your exams) worth £48
  • The only extra costs are your exam fees, which you pay directly to the AAT and assessment venue.

What will I need?

This is a course for beginners, so you don’t need any formal qualifications to get started.

We do suggest that you should have academic qualification in maths and English, but this isn’t essential. You can speak to us if you’re not sure which level is best for you.

You’ll also need:

  • An AAT Approved test centre near you so you can sit your exams
  • A third-party payee if you’re under 18 years old
  • A solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • Basic computer skills and access to a phone/tablet/laptop with internet

What career options does Level 2 bookkeeping open up?

Having a qualification will give your CV an edge on the competition. The skills you’ll learn on this course are great for getting an entry-level bookkeeping position. You could even start doing the books for your own business.

Here are a couple of example roles:

Accounts Clerk

Average salary: £18,500*

Finance Assistant

Average salary: £21,000*

Don’t stop at Level 2! The next step is the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 3), which will build on your knowledge and make you eligible for AAT Bookkeeper Status. 

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

Who are the AAT?

The AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is the UK’s leading professional body for accountants. 

Employers trust people with AAT qualifications. You won’t just be learning abstract theories – you’ll be developing key skills that you can start using immediately, even before you finish the course. 

You can be confident your AAT course is going to have a real impact on your career: a recent survey by Xero revealed that more Accounting and Bookkeeping practices found AAT qualifications important when hiring than any other qualification. 

What will I learn?

Here are the 2 units you’ll cover, and what you’ll be able to do by the end of each one:

Unit 1: Bookkeeping Transactions

Review double-entry processes and business documentation, trial balances, the cashbook, reconciling a supplier’s statement, discounted transactions and payment records.

Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls

Learn to prepare control accounts, use journals, understand the banking system, and manage cash books, petty cash and control accounts.

You also get a free Xero Advisor Certification short course included with your qualification. You’ll learn the basics of using Xero’s cloud-based accounting software, which means you’ll have a head start if you start working somewhere that uses it. Basically, it’s future-proofing your CV!

How will I be assessed?

Each unit has an exam you’ll need to do at an assessment centre. Don’t worry – you won’t have to take them until you’re ready, and we’ll support you every step of the way.

Flexible learning deserves flexible payments.

You have plenty of options when it comes to paying for your course. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 24 months.

If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.

*For representative examples and full terms and conditions click here.

“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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Award-winning learning

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