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The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course introduces you to the basic principles and skills of bookkeeping; using accounting software; principles of basic costing and working effectively in accounting and finance (see details ). This qualification prepares you to progress to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course.

This course is an ideal starting point if you are seeking a career in accounting or are looking to sharpen your bookkeeping skills for your business. No previous accounting experience/qualifications required to enrol for this course.

You can start this course immediately (learn at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support from us), or you can register for our upcoming (September 2018) live online tutor-led classes. See below for fees and other details.

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

Our other AAT Foundation courses:
Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping from £298
Foundation Award in Accounting Software from £190

How much does it cost?

We offer two study options: Distance Learning and Live Online Learning (see details ).

Fees: £592. Fees include study material (around 15 books, Sage 50 trial & one study folder; see details ), but does not include AAT membership fees and AAT assessment fees (see details ). Interest free 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).

If you choose to study via Distance Learning the fees also include 12 months of full tutor support via email and phone. Enrol and start anytime. Complete our Online Application Form or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started.

If you choose Live Online Learning the fees also include access to live online weekly lectures. Apply for our next September 2018 batch (see details ). Complete our Online Application Form or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

What will you learn?

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 costing unit helps you to understand the cost recording techniques and systems.

The accounting software unit complements the bookkeeping units and prepares you to process the accounting transactions using accounting software.

Finally, the work effectively unit helps you to understand the role of accounting function within an organisation and provides soft skills to work effectively and efficiently.

The course is made up of five units (four unit based assessments and one synoptic assessment):
1 – Bookkeeping transactions
2 – Bookkeeping controls
3 – Elements of costing
4 – Using accounting software
5 – Work effectively in finance

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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

3 – Elements of costing
• Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
• Use cost recording techniques
• Provide information on actual and budgeted cost and income

4 – Using accounting software
• Set up accounting software
• Process sales and purchase transactions
• Process bank and cash transactions
• Perform period end routine tasks
• Produce reports

5 – Work effectively in finance
• Understand the finance function within an organisation
• Use personal skills development in finance
• Produce work effectively
• Understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations

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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 £54 per exam.

There are five computer based assessments as under:
1 – Unit assessment for Bookkeeping transactions.
2 – Unit assessment for Bookkeeping controls.
3 – Unit assessment for Elements of costing.
4 – Unit assessment for Using accounting software.
5 – Synoptic assessment covering syllabus from the first three units above plus Work effectively in finance unit.

What are the study options?

We at Learning Academy offer two study options for the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course.

You can study at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support through our distance learning course, also known as “home study”, “self-study” or “correspondence” course. We provide you with all the study material you will need to prepare for your exams.

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You can also join our live online tutor-led classes which allow you to learn in a classroom environment from the comfort of your home. Next batch starts September 2018. Two core units (Bookkeeping Transactions and Bookkeeping Controls) will be taught via weekly live online lectures; three other minor units will be taught via distance learning with full tutor support.

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What resources do we provide?

We will provide you with text books, work books, question banks and lecturer’s notes when you enrol. In addition, your tutor may also send you some activities (for practice and revision) via email from time to time. A trial copy of Sage accounting software is also included.

What are the entry requirements?

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

However, you need to have good literacy and numeracy 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.
• A set of short numeracy and literacy tests designed by professional agencies that can be taken at our request (at no charge to you).

If you join our LIVE online course, you need to have good IT skills to be able to participate and study. We will invite you for a demo session where you will be able to find out for yourself whether you will be comfortable using this new and unique way of learning. You also need to have good IT equipment (ideally a desktop or a laptop) with high speed broadband connectivity.

What is the progression path?

You can progress to AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

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_Accounting_Qualification_Specification.pdf

We have tried to summarise the information available but cannot be held responsible for any omission or inconsistency.

Updated: June 2017.

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