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AAT Certificate in Accounting - Level 2


We are pleased to announce that from September 2022 we will be offering the brand new suite of qualifications from AAT - Qualifications 2022.

The new qualifications launch on 1st September 2022. You will need to purchase AAT student membership at the appropriate level for your course. The membership fee lasts for the whole duration of the qualification. This will be available from 1st September on the AAT website  

AAT accountancy courses are designed to teach you practical skills that you can transfer directly to your workplace or aid your career progression.

An AAT qualification offers you a professional status that reflects the skills you’ve worked so hard to gain. So when employers see the letters MAAT after your name, they’ll know they’re dealing with a credible, up-to-date professional.

As a member of the AAT, you’ll have the support of the largest professional body for accounting technicians worldwide.

The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting covers a broad range of core accounting skills, as well as accountancy-related business skills and personal skills. Key themes have also been introduced throughout the suite of accounting qualifications, including technology, ethics, sustainability and communication.

For further information on the AAT courses and qualifications, click here.

Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19

What will I study?

Introduction to Bookkeeping
•    Understand how to set up bookkeeping systems
•    Process customer transactions
•    Process supplier transactions
•    Process receipts and payments
•    Process transactions into the ledger accounts

Principles of Bookkeeping Controls 
•    Use control accounts
•    Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book
•    Use the journal
•    Produce trial balances

Principles of costing
•    Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
•    Use cost recording techniques
•    Provide information on actual and budgeted costs and income
•    Use tools and techniques to support cost calculations

The Business Environment
•    Understand the principles of contract law
•    Understand the external business environment
•    Understand key principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability
•    Understand the impact of setting up different types of business entity
•    Understand the finance function within an organisation
•    Produce work in appropriate formats and communicate effectively
•    Understand the importance of information to business operations

Entry requirements

Learners are required to have achieved GCSE English and maths at grade C or above prior to joining this course however this will be assessed on an individual basis at interview.

This course is for learners aged 19+ only. If you are aged16-18 and wishing to pursue a career in accounting, please consider our course Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business – Level 2  or an apprenticeship.

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

This is a part-time course that runs over one year as either a full day or two evenings per week.

How will I be assessed?

External assessment on each of the units.

If you are an external student and want to sit the Using Accounting Software Assessment (SAGE) at the college you are required to attend an assessment preparation class. Please email or call 01623 900128 for more details.

What does the course lead to?

The Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:
•    Accounts administrator
•    Accounts assistant
•    Accounts payable clerk
•    Purchase/sales ledger clerk
•    Trainee accounting technician
•    Trainee finance assistant

What can I progress onto?

Progression onto the AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 3 qualification.


How do I apply?

Apply online

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