AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

(Level 2 )

The AAT Foundation Certificate covers the basic principles of ledger accounting and methods of recording financial transactions, using both manual and computerised accounting systems and is suitable for people with little or no previous accounting qualifications or experience. 

A flexible approach to learning

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver our AAT courses. The delivery model is called Online and On Campus and we have been running this model as an option for several years so we know that it works and produces good results.  

Students will study online lessons, comprising video lectures and questions to check your learning. You will learn the main concepts online via the Mindful Education virtual learning environment and then in class time (whether face-to-face or remotely) we will consolidate your learning and pick up on any areas that we feel need particular focus. 

College classes, a mixture of face-to-face and virtual sessions.

Reference: 61020135
Duration: 42 weeks
Course Dates: September 2022 - June 2023
Type: Part time (one day per week or one evening per week subject to demand, days to be confirmed)
Tutor: Gail Jones & Kayleigh Gordon

Course Content

The course consists of mandatory units in the following areas;

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Work Effectively in Finance
  • Using Accounting Software

Method of Assessment

The course is continually assessed with four of the five units being assessed individually through AAT online assessments and an overall synoptic assessment at the end of the programme to test the students' understanding of the connections between the different accounting topics covered at this level.


Assessment duration

Marking Type

Covered by Synoptic Assessment

Bookkeeping Transactions

1.5 hrs

Computer marked

Bookkeeping Controls

1.5 hrs

Computer marked

Work Effectively in Finance



Elements of Costing

1.5 hrs

Computer marked

Using Accounting Software

2 hrs

Human marked


Entry Requirements

No minimum entry requirements although GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) in English and Maths are recommended.

What Can I Do Next?

AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3)


£976 - including books and AAT assessment fees

Students will also need to apply for student membership with AAT to be able to complete the programme, the registration fee is currently £150 for new students (1).

Other Details:

Students are expected to undertake regular home study on this course. Students are also responsible for the cost of any assessment resits that need to be taken.

In order to be able to successfully study the online elements of this course students will need access to a Laptop or Computer.

(1) Information is correct as of April 2021 and may be subject to change.

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