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AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Q2022)


"Since starting my journey studying AAT with the Learning Academy, I have progressed immensely within my career, receiving two promotions and gaining extra responsibilities. I have gone from being an Accounts Assistant (purely inputting) to the Accounts Supervisor (overseeing others, monthly payroll, running management meetings)."

- Amy

About this course: Our AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting course introduces you to the core fundamental principles of bookkeeping along with the basic principles of costing and the basics of business environment.

This qualification prepares you for roles such as accounts assistant, bookkeeper, ledger assistant, sales ledger clerk, accounts payable clerk, petty cashier, payroll assistant, etc. It also prepares you to progress to our AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting course.

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). Apply online and enrol in six easy steps (click to see Enrolment page for details). See below for fees and other details.


Duration: 6-10 months (depends on how many hours you can dedicate to your studies every week); approximately 14 hrs/week (full-time) or 7 hrs/week (part-time)


Accreditation: 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 - 9.5/10
Overall support and guidance - 9.6/10

Quality of resources provided  - 9.5/10

Would recommend us as an AAT training provider  - 100%

*2023 Student Feedback Survey conducted by the AAT

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Alternative course option: ACCA Level 2 Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting from £280

"I would highly recommend my training provider. The training and support have been excellent throughout. I have been studying alongside work and find it difficult to always stick to my learning plan, however my tutor is patient and supportive with my slow but steady progress. I've really enjoyed the course due in large part to my training provider and his team."

- Student response; 2022 Student Feedback Survey conducted by the AAT

How much does it cost?


Course Fees: £425.

0% Interest monthly payment plan available*:  First payment of £125 during enrolment, followed by 4 equal monthly payments of £75 each (by direct debit mandate only). 

*Subject to credit check verification and direct debit mandate. Available only to individual learners residing in the UK; not available when fees are funded by your employer/business.


Fees include:

  • Pre-recorded lectures and revision videos for all the four units via our online classroom for 12 months to help you learn the accounting concepts and prepare for your exams (see sample lectures further down below).

  • Around 9 books (tutorial book, work books, exam kits) from Osborne/Kaplan to help you apply the accounting concepts you have learnt and prepare for your exams. Free delivery within Great Britain (additional delivery charges apply if you reside outside Great Britain).

  • Dedicated tutor support for 12 months via email/text/WhatsApp/phone/online meetings.


Fees DO NOT include:

  • AAT membership fees

  • AAT assessment fees for four exams


For details and a full cost breakdown please request our AAT Course Specifications booklet via email ( or WhatsApp (07460 105 190)


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

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Sample Videos:

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.

Finally, you will gain knowledge and understanding of key business concepts and their practical application in the external and internal environment in which you will work. You will also gain an understanding of the legal system

The course is made up of four units (three unit based assessments and one synoptic assessment):

1 – Introduction to Bookkeeping
2 – Principles of Bookkeeping controls
3 – Principles of costing

4 – The Business Environment


1 – Introduction to Bookkeeping

• Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
• Process customer transactions
• Process supplier transactions
• Process receipts and payments

• Process transactions into the ledger accounts

2 – Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

• Prepare and reconcile Receivables and Payables control accounts
• Prepare VAT Control account
• Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book 
• Use the journal entries to process payroll transactions and correct errors

• Produce and rectify/update the trial balance 

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

• Use tools and techniques to support cost calculations

4 – The Business Environment

• Understand the principles of contract law
• Understand the external business environment

• Understand key principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability
• Understand the impact of setting up different types of business entity

• Understand the finance function within an organisation

• Produce work in appropriate formats and communicate effectively

• Understand the importance of information to business operations

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How will you be assessed?


You will be assessed through four computer based assessments which can be taken at any AAT assessment venue at any time.


There are various assessment venues and centres available for AAT computer-based exams all over the UK and internationally as well. Assessment fees are payable directly to the assessment venue. 

There are four computer based assessments as under:

1 – Unit assessment for Introduction to Bookkeeping
2 – Unit assessment for Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
3 – Unit assessment for Principles of Costing
4 – Synoptic assessment covering syllabus from the first three units above plus The Business Environment unit

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. 

What resources do we provide?

We provide you with all the study material (online videos, printed books that contain activities and practice assessments plus online activities, etc.) you will need to prepare for your exams.

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 ( 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.

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What is the progression path?

You can progress to our AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting course.

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:


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


Updated: April 2023

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