This is an entry level qualification that offers foundation accounting knowledge needed to progress to employment or further study in accountancy and finance, alongside business and personal skills that are transferable to any sector and additional business knowledge relevant to accountancy. The qualification offers a broader focus across several subject areas which enhances employability and is particularly suitable for young people studying full-time

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  • Description

    To successfully achieve the qualification, students will have to complete four units, Introduction to Bookkeeping, Principles of Bookkeeping Controls, Principles of Costing, and The Business Environment.

    Introduction to Bookkeeping - This unit introduces students to the double-entry bookkeeping system and the associated documents and processes. Students will reach the stage of extracting an initial trial balance before any adjustments are made. It provides students with the skills necessary to operate a manual double-entry bookkeeping system and provides a strong foundation for progression to more advanced manual and computerised activities.

    Principles of Bookkeeping Controls - This unit is about control accounts, journals and methods of payment. It takes students through reconciliation processes and the use of the journal to the stage of redrafting the trial balance, following initial adjustments. The unit covers more complex bookkeeping procedures, which will enable students to develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records and consolidate their knowledge of double-entry bookkeeping. Students will gain the confidence they need to perform well in the workplace and the unit will prepare them for greater responsibility.

    Principles of Costing - This unit gives students a basic introduction to costing, while building a sound foundation in the knowledge and skills they need for more complex costing and management accounting units such as Management Accounting Techniques and Applied Management Accounting. Students will understand the importance of the costing system as a source of information for internal management decision making. In contrast to the more outward perspective of financial accounting, the skills developed in this unit will allow students to provide information to managers that can be used to assist in internal business planning, decision making and control.

    The Business Environment - This unit provides knowledge and understanding of key business concepts and their practical application in the external and internal environment in which students will work. Students will gain an understanding of the legal system and principles of contract law and an appreciation of the legal implications of setting up a business and the consequences this may have. Wider issues impacting businesses will be considered, including the global economic environment in which it operates, how governments impact upon it and the competitive nature of the global economy.

    The unit will prepare students for the current workplace and help them recognise the importance of working effectively, whilst acknowledging the value of differences and being sensitive to the needs of others. They will gain an appreciation of communication methods and learn how to recognise valid sources of information. They will develop skills in using data analytic technology to solve problems, analyse data and communicate effectively.

  • Entry Requirements

    There is no formal entry requirement, however students are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to level 2 (GCSE). A good working understanding of maths and budgeting would be an advantage.

    Work experience in an accounting environment is not necessary but would be an advantage. You will need to have an understanding of budgeting and be confident with using computerised spreadsheets. Methodical and accurate working styles will also be an advantage.

  • Qualification

    AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

  • Progression

    Students may wish to progress to the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting qualification. You may also use this qualification to gain related employment in an introductory accounts role.

  • Assessment

    There are four computer-based examinations. These exams are set at pre-determined dates set by the department. You will need to successfully complete all exams in order to gain your qualification.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to spend approximately six to eight hours a week on independent study. This consists of weekly homework checks and exam preparation.

  • Work Placement

    Employment or the ability to access work in a related area is not necessary but will be an advantage to support learning.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Learners will be required to register for the qualification directly with AAT and pay a fee. These fees are set by the AAT and are subject to yearly changes without notice. Students are expected to buy course book/materials. Students are also expected to pay for any resit examinations.

  • Programmes currently in progress

    Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    CL2AAT 222301 Monday 12/09/2022 07/07/2023 09:00 - 16:45 £1200

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    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    CL2AATE 222301 Monday 12/09/2022 07/07/2023 18:00 - 21:00 £1200

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

16 - 18 year olds

In most cases, students aged 16-18 on a full-time study programme (including T Levels) will not be required to pay fees, and the College will fund most course-specific equipment and materials. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 College Subscription.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. Our Fees, Funding and Financial Support page has details on financial support, fee remissions and loans. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you before enrolment.

Funded programmes

Where course fees are fully funded (for example Maths, English and Essential Digital Skills), the course is free of charge to students, subject to eligibility.

Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps are fully funded and free of charge to learners. Employers who want to use Skills Bootcamps to train their existing employees contribute to the cost of training. See the Fees and Additional Costs for more information.