AAT- Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2


Date:12/09/2024Day:Thursday (exams are on Tuesday)
Time:6.15 -9.15pmDuration:34 weeks plus exams
Qualification:Foundation Certificate in AccountingAwarding Body:AAT
Delivery:Online and on campus


About the course

This course is an entry-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic accounting principles and skills.

Units studied are:

  • Introduction to Book-Keeping
  • Principles of Book-Keeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment


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.

On successful completion of this course you could be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Please see information on progression below.

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.

Students who do not hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications will be invited to sit an assessment to ensure that they have suitable skills for this qualification.

Basic IT skills are also required.

Students must become AAT Student Members before the course starts (fees apply).


This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification. Assessments take place at the college on Tuesday evenings.


This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.  The course starts on Thursday 14th September.  Classroom attendance is fortnightly on every other Thursday.

As learners will be required to study video lessons on demand from home as part of this course, it is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.


Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which 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. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 4-5 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Learners benefit from access to the college library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


You can progress on to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students must attend a college induction on the first evening of the course.


A £50 non-refundable deposit is payable at the point of booking.

This Level 2 course is part-funded by the Government, so the cost for eligible students is reduced. Our advertised fees take this funding into account.
This course may be free to learners if they are:

  •  Unemployed, employed or self-employed and earn below £25,000 annual gross income
  • 19-23 without a first full Level 2 qualification

Students who are not eligible for funding or a loan may choose to self-fund the course fees. The fee for this course is £995* Students can apply upon booking to pay the balance in two instalments.

Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course. If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.  Our qualification courses are government funded and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.

For further details see our Fees and Funding page.

*Includes first exam sitting only. Resits are charged at £100 for synoptics and £80 for exams.

On successful completion of this course, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Please see information on progression below.


You can progress on to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualifications (Level 3 and then on to Level 4). Under the Free Courses for Jobs initiative, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Alternatively, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your Level 3 study. Please ask a member of our Adult Education team for more information.