The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) offers qualifications set at Level 2, as a common starting point for a career in Accounting and Finance, providing the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study.

The Foundation Certificate level 2 in Accounting enables you to learn the specialist knowledge of being an Accountant Technician. If you wish to pursue a career in Accounting and Finance, the course is an ideal stepping stone to be a qualified accountant technician and/or accountant.

This qualification delivers knowledge and accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and understanding of the business environment, all of which are included in the qualification.

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.

Our Online and On Campus approach enables students to benefit from both face-to-face teaching at the college and online lessons available on demand. This format offers a truly flexible study experience.

In addition to attending face-to-face classes, students will be expected to undertake 6 hours of additional study every week out of college.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

Although no formal qualifications are required to join this course, applicants need to be at least 19 years of age and have good numeracy, literacy and IT skills at level 1 (or above) that will compliment a career in accounting.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
FQL2PZ0020 13/09/2021 N/A £1315.00 £1315.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Costs 

Books are not included in the total fee.

Associated Costs 

AAT student membership is a requirement of the course and registration must be completed at the beginning of the course.

AAT membership fees are changed and regulated by AAT directly. Please check their website www.aat.org.uk for up to date fee values.

Resit exam fess are applicable, please contact the AAT administrator on AAT@bpc.ac.uk for further information.

 

Course content

Course Content 

To achieve the qualification students will need to undertake the following units:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions

  • Bookkeeping Controls

  • Elements of Costing

  • Using Accounting Software

  • Work Effectively in Finance/Synoptic Assessment

Bookkeeping Transactions: on this unit you will learn about the accounting system, the accounting equation and double entry bookkeeping; books of prime entry; checking payments and prompt payment discounts; completing and posting the cash book; petty cash; and the trial balance.

Bookkeeping Controls: on this unit you will learn about control account reconciliations and the journal; payroll and simple errors; and bank reconciliations.

Elements of Costing: on this unit you will learn about material and manufacturing costs; overheads; and budgeting and variances.

Working Effectively in Finance: on this unit you will learn about the finance function within an organisation; communicating effectively; personal skills development in finance; and corporate social responsibility in organisations.

Using Accounting Software: on this unit, you will learn and practice how to set up accounting software; process sales and purchase transactions; perform bank and cash transactions; perform period end tasks; and produce reports.

All of the units within the Foundation Certificate in Accounting qualification are mandatory. Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments (computer-based exams of 2 hours each), but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

More info

Duration 

33 Weeks

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 2

Qualification Name 

Certificate

Awarding Body 

AAT

Curriculum Area 

Business, Digital, Leadership & ESOL - Business & Finance

More about the course 

Students will be required to register with the AAT within 2 weeks of starting the course - cost approx £135
All the exams are included in the cost of the course but any re-sits will cost approx £46. 

Duration 

33 Weeks

Attendance 

Part-time

Level 

Level 2

Qualification Name 

Certificate

Awarding Body 

AAT