Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.
For students under 19
Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.
For students aged 19 or over
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.
Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.
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.
To start this programme, you will be required minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths to ensure your skills are at the necessary level to cope with this course.
Direct Registrations with Professional Awarding Bodies If students are required to register directly with professional awarding bodies, the registration is not paid at enrolment but is paid directly to the professional awarding body by the student. The courses that are subject to these conditions are mainly professional courses, such as AAT, IPD and CIM. There is no remittance of this registration fee.
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).
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 Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
You will learn in dedicated classrooms and computer rooms.
You will also have to complete some independent work. This course is offered at Hammersmith & Fulham college, Ealing Green College and Southall Community College. Mode of attendance: once a week (Day) or twice a week (Evening) You have the choice of Day time or Evening attendance. Hammersmith & Fulham college: Friday 9.30-16.30 (Day) Ealing Green College: Friday 9.30-16.30 (Day) Tuesday & Thursday (Eve) 18.00-21.00 (Both evenings mandatory) Southall Community College: Wednesday 10.00-17.00 (Day)
The Level 2 Certificate Evening courses at Ealing start in September and January each year.
The College offers welfare services to provide support and guidance whenever it is needed. The Colleges Learning Resource Centre provides excellent facilities for private study and includes access to computers, an extensive library and quiet study areas. As part of the course, employer visits and guest speakers will be arranged to enhance and contextualise your learning.