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About this course: Our AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping course introduces you to the basic principles and skills of bookkeeping (see details ), and prepares you to progress to our AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting or AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping courses.

No previous accounting experience/qualifications required to enrol for this course.

Who is it for? This course is an ideal starting point if you are seeking a career in bookkeeping or accounting, or are looking to sharpen your bookkeeping skills for your business.

Study Method: You can start this course immediately via Online Distance Learning (learn at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support from us). See below for fees and other details.

Duration: 3-5 months (depends on how many hours you can dedicate to your studies every week); approximately 12 hrs/week (full-time) or 6 hrs/week (part-time)

Accredition: This course is fully accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). AAT’s qualifications are recognised internationally by employers and other professional accounting bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, etc.

What our students say:
Standard of teaching - 9.8/10
Overall support and guidance - 9.3/10
Would recommend us - 92%
2019 Student Feedback Survey conducted by the AAT

"AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping has given me the confidence to know I am doing my books correctly and helped me have a better understanding of the whole bookkeeping process needed for my business. It has even given me a clearer understanding of the information our accountant needs and the information he provides us with."

Emily (read full review )

Our other AAT Foundation courses:
Foundation Certificate in Accounting from £492
Foundation Award in Accounting Software from £116

How much does it cost?

Course Fees: £268.
Fees include:
-Around six books (tutorial books, work books, question banks) from Osborne/BPP (see details )
-Pre-recorded lectures and revision videos through our online classroom (email us for demo)
-Dedicated tutor support for 6 months via email/text/WhatsApp/phone/online meetings
-Xero Advisor Certification

Fees DO NOT include:
-AAT membership fees
-AAT assessment fees for two exams (see details )

0% Interest payment plan available 

For details and a full cost breakdown please request our AAT Course Specifications booklet via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or WhatsApp (07460 105 190)

14 days "No Quibbles, Money Back" assurance (see details )

What will you learn?

This course is an ideal starting point if you want to pick up the bookkeeping skills without having to do the full Foundation Certificate in Accounting qualification. It would also be ideal for you if you are self-employed/running a business and want to learn how to record and process your business transactions.

After completion, you will be able to process cash and bank transactions; process sales and purchases; maintain sales and purchase ledger accounts and manage receivables and payables.

You will also be able to do reconciliations (bank, suppliers etc.) and prepare your trial balance. Finally, you will learn to process basic journal entries (also called double entries) and correct errors.

The course is made up of two units (each examinable by a two hour computer-based exam):
1 – Bookkeeping transactions
2 – Bookkeeping controls

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1 – Bookkeeping transactions
• Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
• Process customer transactions
• Process supplier transactions
• Process receipts and payments
• Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance

2 – Bookkeeping controls
• Understand payment methods
• Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
• Use control accounts
• Use the journal
• Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

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How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed through computer based assessments which can be taken at any AAT assessment venue. There are various assessment venues and centres available for AAT computer- based exams all over the UK. Assessment fees are payable directly to the assessment venue.

You also have the option to do your exams at our exams centre in Milton Keynes for a discounted fee of £65 per exam.

There are two computer based assessments which can be taken any time at an AAT approved assessment venue.
There are various assessment venues and centres available for AAT computer- based exams all over the UK.

What are the study options?

You can study at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support through online distance learning, also known as “home study”, “self-study” or “correspondence” course. We provide you with all the study material (online videos, text books, work books, question banks, revision activities, etc.) you will need to prepare for your exams. 

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What resources do we provide?

We will provide you with online videos, text books, work books and question banks when you enrol. In addition, your tutor may also send you some activities (for practice and revision) via email from time to time.

What are the entry requirements?

This is an open qualification and there are no formal qualifications required.

However, you need to have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills. This requirement can be supported in many ways, including:

• Your recent GCSE English and Maths grades.
• Any other relevant qualification completed in the UK that can support the levels of literacy and numeracy required.
• Your relevant work experience (including voluntary work) that can support the levels of literacy and numeracy required.
• You can also use your results from AAT’s Skillcheck (http://www.aatskillcheck.org/home.aspx) to support your application. It’s free to use and only takes around 30 minutes to complete.

You also need to have good IT equipment (a desktop or a laptop) with high speed broadband connectivity to access the online videos and online sample assessments.

What is the progression path?

You can progress to our AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting or AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping courses. You can also top up your skills with our Foundation Award in Accounting Software course (using Sage 50). Please check with us for the options available.

As for your career progression, you can look forward to being employed as an accounts assistant in an accounts/finance department. You can also work in roles such as bookkeeper, ledger assistant, sales ledger clerk, accounts payable clerk, petty cashier, payroll assistant etc. You can continue your further studies while working to achieve a good balance of work experience with academic studies.


The syllabus for this qualification has been based on the information published by the AAT. For a detailed syllabus and guidance for this qualification please refer to the information available on AAT's website: https://www.aat.org.uk/prod/s3fs-public/assets/AAT_Foundation_Certificate_in_Bookkeeping_L2_Qual_Spec_Final.pdf We have tried to summarise the information available but cannot be held responsible for any omissions or inconsistencies.

Updated: August 2019.

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