AAT Bookkeeping Level 2

Learn the essentials of bookkeeping, an essential part of any business

  • Ideal if you have little or no bookkeeping experience
  • Leads to roles such as Accounts Clerk or Finance Assistant

Get your first bookkeeping qualification with the AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 course

AAT Bookkeeping courses offer you an accredited route into bookkeeping if you have little or no experience. Choosing online bookkeeping training allows you to gain a professional qualification from home and around your current commitments.

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

Qualification AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)

Location Online Learning

Duration Tutoring: 6 months Typical duration: 5 months

What is the AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 course?

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) are the UK’s awarding body for skills-based accounting and bookkeeping qualifications, which are respected worldwide as a high standard of students’ skills and capabilities.

Interested in exploring a career in bookkeeping? Or performing the bookkeeping function for your own business? Begin your training with an AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping course. You’ll create a strong foundation of basic bookkeeping concepts and skills you’ll be able to apply in either your current role or a new one. Successfully complete our online Bookkeeping Level 2 course and you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced training with AAT Bookkeeping Level 3.

All our AAT courses now come with a free Xero Advisor Certification short course. Learn the basics of this industry-leading online accounting software and improve your employability even further. With a 61% increase in the past year of accountancy job listings on requiring knowledge of Xero in the specification, you can get ahead of the competition with this bonus qualification!


At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and award-winning learning design, we have grown into the UK’s no. 1 online AAT course provider.

Chosen by students, chosen by AAT
Not only do more students pass online AAT qualifications with us than any other training provider, but we were also awarded Distance Learning Provider of the Year at the AAT Training Provider Awards 2018.

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.

Going the extra mile for employability
With AVADO you don’t just get a highly-respected AAT qualification; we also give you a free Xero Advisor Certification to build your practical skills with online accounting software. Plus, access our free Careers Hub for advice and guidance on how to get the most out of your studies

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!

Affordable price plans
Payment packages to suit your budget with a flexible range of interest-free monthly instalment options. Click here for full terms and conditions.

What is included with the AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 qualification?

Your course includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Course textbooks for each unit (hard copy and online)
  • 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
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts
  • Free 12-month AAT Subscription (required to sit exams) worth £44

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 exam fees, which you are required to pay directly to the AAT.

Prerequisites for the AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 qualification

The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping 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 or work experience.

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

Career path for the AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 qualification

AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 will teach you the basic foundations of bookkeeping, which you can utilise by either pursuing a career as a bookkeeper or by fulfilling the bookkeeping function in your own business. Having this qualification on your CV will give you an edge in proving your competence and dedication to potential employers.

After you complete the Level 2 Bookkeeping course you can progress on to Level 3 to learn more advanced skills. This completes the AAT Bookkeeping pathway and will allow you to attain AAT Bookkeeper (AATQB) status.

Completing AAT Bookkeeping qualifications will also give you exemptions from the relevant bookkeeping units of the AAT Accountancy Pathway, meaning you’ll have a fast track route into the accountancy profession if you choose to progress your career even further.

Here are a couple of roles you’ll be eligible for after gaining this qualification:

Accounts ClerkFinance Assistant

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


The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation) will give you an understanding of basic bookkeeping principles, terminology, and skills. You’ll gain all the knowledge you need to gain an entry-level bookkeeping job or to perform the bookkeeping function in your own business. Topics covered include double entry bookkeeping and VAT.

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. During the course, you will take two computer-based assessments, which will be held at an approved exam centre.

The AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 qualification consists of two 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.

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.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
  • Level 2 qualification – comparable to a GCSE or higher diploma level qualification
  • Two computer-based exams taken at an external test centre
  • Typically complete in around 5 months
  • Free Xero Advisor certification

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 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.

*Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.

“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

Course Awards

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