Professional Courses
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance. The qualification ensures that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education.

This qualification will usually take around one year to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance

A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

Entry Requirements

To start this programme, you will be required to pass an English and Maths Entry Test to ensure your skills are at the necessary level to cope with this course.

Assessment Method

All of the units within the qualification are mandatory: Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification which is designed to to test the students understanding of the connections between the different topics covered across the qualification.

Learners are entitled to 1 free re-sit for the whole level and will have to pay for all re-sits after that. Re-sits are £50 for each re-sit (this is to cover the AAT exam fee and our administration costs).

Progression Opportunities

The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • an accounts administrator
  • an accounts assistant
  • an accounts payable clerk
  • a purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • a trainee accounting technician
  • a trainee finance assistant

Following successful completion of this qualification, your progression will normally be to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and computer rooms.

The Level 2 Certificate starts in September and January each year. You have a choice of Daytime or Evening attendance.


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