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AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

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Overview

Key Points

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to manage books effectively
  • Learn about processing transactions and bookkeeping controls
  • Confidently carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks
  • Completion possible in 12 weeks
  • Employer recognised AAT qualification
  • A fast track to an Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Studying Your Foundation Course

Whether you’re aiming to better manage your business finances or embark on a new career, this Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can help. It will teach you the skills and understanding you need to enter the job market as a bookkeeper while gaining an industry-recognised qualification.

The foundation certificate is an online course that can be studied from home, around your existing schedule. No prior qualifications are required for study, just an interest in finance and a willingness to learn.

In studying this Foundation Certificate, you will understand how to record the financial affairs of a business and ways to work more efficiently and accurately.

Through topics like double-entry bookkeeping, calculating sales invoices and credit notes, you’ll become confident in practical accountancy skills and ready to enter the job market.

Your 10 Step AAT Learner Journey

Your Career with AAT

Once you achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 you should aim to apply for Trainee Accountant, Bookkeeper, or Junior Accountant roles with salaries ranging from £20,000 - £27,000 per year.

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Getting Started

learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is awarded and accredited by The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). By working together with industry leaders and professionals, the course has been designed to give you the knowledge and experience to hit the ground running in the financial world.

If you need to study around your existing job or family commitments, our courses are completely online so you can study whenever it suits you. You can build your bookkeeping knowledge after work, while the children are asleep or on your lunch break if that’s what’s best for you.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who will provide advice, guidance and feedback on your assignments to ensure you are fully supported through your learning journey.

With flexible payment methods available and the ability to start learning from the moment you enrol, you’ll soon become a more confident bookkeeper. Take the next step and enrol online today!

Additional Fees

As part of your studies, you will need to be a student member of the AAT. You can complete this quickly and easily with AAT by clicking here.

All computer-based examinations are completed at an AAT approved external exam centre. You will discuss this further with your dedicated tutor during your studies, but unit computer-based exams cost £70-£80.

Modules

Your 10 Step AAT Learner Journey

AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 Modules

This course comprises of 2 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Bookkeeping Transactions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand payment methods
  • Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Use control accounts
  • Use the journal
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

Requirements

For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin with a good standard of English and maths. Bookkeepers work at the heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience.

AAT recommends that students use AAT Skills Check to ensure that they are ready to start on a particular qualification.

AAT Student Membership

As a professional body and as part of your studies, you will need to be a student member of the AAT. You can complete this quickly and easily with AAT by clicking here.

If you have been declared bankrupt, entered into an arrangement with creditors, the subject of a County Court Judgement (CCJ), or any criminal convictions or civil sanction, you will need to provide details about the circumstances when you register.

Answering ‘yes’ to one or more of these declarations while registering isn’t necessarily a bar to AAT membership but AAT must consider the suitability of the applicant to ensure that, as a member of AAT, the person will maintain public confidence in the accountancy profession.

Becoming an AAT student member is essential so that you can:

  • Study AAT bookkeeping and accounting qualifications
  • Access the AAT website via your learndirect portfolio
  • Sit AAT assessments and computer-based exam
  • Access resources and support to help you succeed in your studies and progress your career.

Assessment

When studying an AAT qualification, your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer-based assessments (CBAs). These are administered by AAT training providers or assessment centres and run entirely on PCs or laptops.

Computer-based assessments 

AAT’s computer-based assessments are marked one of three ways:

  • Wholly computer marked, and so results will be available automatically
  • Partially computer marked and partially human marked, and so results will be available within six weeks
  • Wholly human marked, and so results will be available within six weeks

When are you assessed?

You will sit assessments when you are ready, as agreed with your training provider. You will need to check with your training provider as to the availability and schedule for completing your assessments.

In September 2016 AAT introduced a new type of assessment - synoptic assessments. Synoptic assessments will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of the qualification and are taken at specific times of the year.

Fees

Computer-based exams are taken under invigilated conditions at an AAT approved external exam centre. You will discuss this further with your dedicated tutor during your studies, but unit computer-based exams cost £70-£80.

Qualifications

AAT

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 (Qualification Number: 601/8221/0)

AAT works across the globe with around 140,000 members in more than 90 countries. Their members, including students, are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world.

AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals. Many of AAT members occupy senior, well-rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions.

AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm, because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism. In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and provides their students and members with a professional status to be proud of.

Developing your career

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a world-renowned professional body of accountants with members across 90 countries. As such it is one of the most widely regarded and respected accounting bodies in the world.

Whether you have a small business or want to further your accounting or bookkeeping career, gaining an AAT accredited qualification will give you the skills you need to achieve your goal.

AAT accredited qualification are also internationally recognised, opening up career opportunities around the world, allowing you to expand your financial horizons in diverse and exciting new ways.

Once you achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 you should aim to apply for Trainee Accountant, Bookkeeper, or Junior Accountant roles with salaries ranging from £20,000 - £27,000 per year.

AAT Salary Guide

Source: AAT Salary Guide 2017

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Technical Requirements

Key Points

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to manage books effectively
  • Learn about processing transactions and bookkeeping controls
  • Confidently carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks
  • Completion possible in 12 weeks
  • Employer recognised AAT qualification
  • A fast track to an Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Studying Your Foundation Course

Whether you’re aiming to better manage your business finances or embark on a new career, this Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can help. It will teach you the skills and understanding you need to enter the job market as a bookkeeper while gaining an industry-recognised qualification.

The foundation certificate is an online course that can be studied from home, around your existing schedule. No prior qualifications are required for study, just an interest in finance and a willingness to learn.

In studying this Foundation Certificate, you will understand how to record the financial affairs of a business and ways to work more efficiently and accurately.

Through topics like double-entry bookkeeping, calculating sales invoices and credit notes, you’ll become confident in practical accountancy skills and ready to enter the job market.

Your 10 Step AAT Learner Journey

Your Career with AAT

Once you achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 you should aim to apply for Trainee Accountant, Bookkeeper, or Junior Accountant roles with salaries ranging from £20,000 - £27,000 per year.

Hear Their Stories

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is awarded and accredited by The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). By working together with industry leaders and professionals, the course has been designed to give you the knowledge and experience to hit the ground running in the financial world.

If you need to study around your existing job or family commitments, our courses are completely online so you can study whenever it suits you. You can build your bookkeeping knowledge after work, while the children are asleep or on your lunch break if that’s what’s best for you.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who will provide advice, guidance and feedback on your assignments to ensure you are fully supported through your learning journey.

With flexible payment methods available and the ability to start learning from the moment you enrol, you’ll soon become a more confident bookkeeper. Take the next step and enrol online today!

Additional Fees

As part of your studies, you will need to be a student member of the AAT. You can complete this quickly and easily with AAT by clicking here.

All computer-based examinations are completed at an AAT approved external exam centre. You will discuss this further with your dedicated tutor during your studies, but unit computer-based exams cost £70-£80.

Your 10 Step AAT Learner Journey

AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 Modules

This course comprises of 2 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Bookkeeping Transactions

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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

Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand payment methods
  • Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Use control accounts
  • Use the journal
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin with a good standard of English and maths. Bookkeepers work at the heart of a business and are expected to be able to communicate information clearly and appropriately to a given audience.

AAT recommends that students use AAT Skills Check to ensure that they are ready to start on a particular qualification.

AAT Student Membership

As a professional body and as part of your studies, you will need to be a student member of the AAT. You can complete this quickly and easily with AAT by clicking here.

If you have been declared bankrupt, entered into an arrangement with creditors, the subject of a County Court Judgement (CCJ), or any criminal convictions or civil sanction, you will need to provide details about the circumstances when you register.

Answering ‘yes’ to one or more of these declarations while registering isn’t necessarily a bar to AAT membership but AAT must consider the suitability of the applicant to ensure that, as a member of AAT, the person will maintain public confidence in the accountancy profession.

Becoming an AAT student member is essential so that you can:

  • Study AAT bookkeeping and accounting qualifications
  • Access the AAT website via your learndirect portfolio
  • Sit AAT assessments and computer-based exam
  • Access resources and support to help you succeed in your studies and progress your career.

When studying an AAT qualification, your knowledge and skills will be tested via computer-based assessments (CBAs). These are administered by AAT training providers or assessment centres and run entirely on PCs or laptops.

Computer-based assessments 

AAT’s computer-based assessments are marked one of three ways:

  • Wholly computer marked, and so results will be available automatically
  • Partially computer marked and partially human marked, and so results will be available within six weeks
  • Wholly human marked, and so results will be available within six weeks

When are you assessed?

You will sit assessments when you are ready, as agreed with your training provider. You will need to check with your training provider as to the availability and schedule for completing your assessments.

In September 2016 AAT introduced a new type of assessment - synoptic assessments. Synoptic assessments will test your understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the qualification. Synoptic assessments are sat towards the end of the qualification and are taken at specific times of the year.

Fees

Computer-based exams are taken under invigilated conditions at an AAT approved external exam centre. You will discuss this further with your dedicated tutor during your studies, but unit computer-based exams cost £70-£80.

AAT

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 (Qualification Number: 601/8221/0)

AAT works across the globe with around 140,000 members in more than 90 countries. Their members, including students, are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world.

AAT members are ambitious, focused accounting professionals. Many of AAT members occupy senior, well-rewarded positions with thousands of employers – from blue-chip corporate giants to public sector institutions.

AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. Organisations hire AAT qualified members for their knowledge, skills, diligence and enthusiasm, because AAT represents the highest standards of professionalism. In short, an AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world, and provides their students and members with a professional status to be proud of.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a world-renowned professional body of accountants with members across 90 countries. As such it is one of the most widely regarded and respected accounting bodies in the world.

Whether you have a small business or want to further your accounting or bookkeeping career, gaining an AAT accredited qualification will give you the skills you need to achieve your goal.

AAT accredited qualification are also internationally recognised, opening up career opportunities around the world, allowing you to expand your financial horizons in diverse and exciting new ways.

Once you achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 you should aim to apply for Trainee Accountant, Bookkeeper, or Junior Accountant roles with salaries ranging from £20,000 - £27,000 per year.

AAT Salary Guide

Source: AAT Salary Guide 2017

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