Foundation Certificate in Accounting AAT

Course Overview

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic accounting principles and skills.

This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education and students will take a blended approach to learning with some elements of online tuition and some face to face (the latter sessions will take place at our redeveloped Sketty Hall Business School). 

At this level you’ll start to develop your skills in double entry bookkeeping and understanding of management and administrative processes.  You’ll learn basic costing principles, how to use manual and computerised accounting systems and how to work with purchase, sales and general ledgers.

Updated September 2020

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Previous knowledge of accounting or a Level 1 Bookkeeping qualification would be advantageous but not essential.

Course Delivery

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Units include:-

Bookkeeping Transactions
Unit covers: - understanding financial transactions within a bookkeeping system, processing customer transactions, processing supplier transactions, processing receipts and payments, processing transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance.

Bookkeeping Controls
Unit covers: - understanding payment methods, understanding controls in a bookkeeping system, using control; accounts, using the journal, reconciling a bank statement with the cash book.

Elements of Costing
Unit covers: - understanding an organisation’s cost recording system, using a cost recording system to record or extract data.

Computerised Accounts
Unit covers: - recording and processing customer and supplier transactions, recording and reconciling bank cash transactions, processing and using journals to enter accounting transactions, production of reports for customers and suppliers, production of a trial balance and general ledger reports.

Work Effectively in Finance
Unit covers: - understating an organisation’s finance function, using numeracy, literacy and communication skills, working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’’ responsibilities, understanding and explaining benefits to organisations of sustainable values.

You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Experienced tutors will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and are on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our online and on campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place. Some of the regular ‘On Campus’ lessons can be replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualification (Level 3 and then on to Level 4).

The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant, Credit Control Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk.

Additional Information

Additional costs include AAT enrolment fee of £44, AAT membership fee of £94, exam fee of £226 for all the exams studied in the year          

This course may be funded through our Apprenticeship Scheme or our Skills For Industry Scheme – please ask for more details.

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