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. 

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Reference: 61020135A-212B  (evening course) 61020135A-212A (day course)
Duration: 42 weeks
Course Dates: September 2021 - June 2022
Type: Part time (one day per week or one evening per week, 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 Study - Online and On Campus

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

Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Experienced tutors will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and are on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

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)


£949 - 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 £138 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 at November 2018 and may be subject to change.

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