Accounting & Professional Studies

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Fast-track) - D054

Hamilton Campus Full Time Level 2 Duration 14 weeks

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This Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (fast-track) is the first part of the full AAT qualification. It is an internationally recognised professional course which will give you the skills to excel at a wide range of accounting and finance jobs.

Course Details

When studying on the Level 2 Certificate you will start to develop skills in bookkeeping transactions and controls whilst gaining an understanding of costing, as well as management and administrative processes.

Students will also learn to understand the benefits and risks of using accounting software to complete bookkeeping tasks.

The qualifications is approximately equivalent to GCSE grade A-C. (4-9 on the newer grading scale). Units:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment (synoptic assessment also including bookkeeping units)

These are under the new AAT Q2022 qualification, which is available from 1st September 2022.

Entry Guidelines

Grades 4/C in English and Maths, or equivalent, or evidence of relevant industry experience to be demonstrated via interview

Students will need to be confident in the use of computers.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Equipment Required

Text books for this course are to be purchased they are not included in the course fees. Typical cost is approximately £60. Students will also require their own calculator, which should not be a scientific calculator.

Assessment Method

By computer-based assessments that are externally marked.

Additional Information

A requirement of this course is membership with the AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians). For 2022-2023 the cost of registering for the AAT for this qualification is £172, which must be paid to the AAT. It is advantageous to student learning to pay this as soon as possible, to gain access to the wide range of learning resources available from the AAT.

Please be aware that criminal offences, bankruptcy and IVAs will affect your application for membership with the AAT. See course leader for further details.

Initial unit exams are included in the course fees. Exam resits are an extra cost, which at level 2 is £60 for all exams other than The Business Environment Synoptic, which is £65.

If you are able to access this course for free, you should be aware that you are still required to pay for the extra fees to AAT, any exam resits, and the course books, although you can also apply for a college bursary to help with a contribution towards these costs.

Where can I progress to?
Progression to Level 3 AAT.

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If you are aged 19 or over:

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £675.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 23/24.

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