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About this course: Our AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course introduces you to the basic principles and skills of bookkeeping; using accounting software; principles of basic costing and working effectively in accounting and finance (see details ). This qualification prepares you to progress to our AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting course.

Who is it for? This course is an ideal starting point if you are seeking a career in accounting or are looking to sharpen your bookkeeping skills for your business.

No previous accounting experience/qualifications required to enrol for this course.

Study Method: You can start this course immediately via Distance Learning (learn at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support from us). See below for fees and other details.

Accredition: This course is fully accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). AAT’s qualifications are recognised internationally by employers and other professional accounting bodies such as ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, etc.

Not sure if this is the right level for you? Use AAT's free online Skillcheck to find out: https://www.aatskillcheck.org/home.aspx

"Since starting my journey in 2015 studying AAT with the Learning Academy, I have progressed immensely within my career, receiving two promotions and gaining extra responsibilities. I have gone from being an Accounts Assistant (purely inputting) to the Accounts Supervisor (overseeing others, monthly payroll, running management meetings)."

Amy (read full review )

Our other AAT Foundation courses:
Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping from £298
Foundation Award in Accounting Software from £190

How much does it cost?

Course Fees: £592. Fees include study material (around 15 books and Sage 50 trial CD; see details ) and dedicated tutor support for 12 months via email/text/WhatsApp/phone/online meetings. Fees DO NOT include AAT membership fees and AAT assessment fees (see details ). Interest free payment plan available.

For details and a full cost breakdown please request our AAT Course Specifications booklet via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or WhatsApp (07460 105 190).

14 days "No Quibbles, Money Back" assurance (see details ).

What will you learn?

After completion, you will be able to process cash and bank transactions; process sales and purchases; maintain sales and purchase ledger accounts and manage receivables and payables.

You will also be able to do reconciliations (bank, suppliers etc.) and prepare your trial balance. Finally, you will learn to process basic journal entries (also called double entries) and correct errors.

The costing unit helps you to understand the cost recording techniques and systems.

The accounting software unit complements the bookkeeping units and prepares you to process the accounting transactions using accounting software.

Finally, the work effectively unit helps you to understand the role of accounting function within an organisation and provides soft skills to work effectively and efficiently.

The course is made up of five units (four unit based assessments and one synoptic assessment):
1 – Bookkeeping transactions
2 – Bookkeeping controls
3 – Elements of costing
4 – Using accounting software
5 – Work effectively in finance

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1 – Bookkeeping transactions 
• 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

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

3 – Elements of costing
• Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
• Use cost recording techniques
• Provide information on actual and budgeted cost and income

4 – Using accounting software
• Set up accounting software
• Process sales and purchase transactions
• Process bank and cash transactions
• Perform period end routine tasks
• Produce reports

5 – Work effectively in finance
• Understand the finance function within an organisation
• Use personal skills development in finance
• Produce work effectively
• Understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations

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How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed through computer based assessments which can be taken at any AAT assessment venue. There are various assessment venues and centres available for AAT computer- based exams all over the UK. Assessment fees are payable directly to the assessment venue.

You also have the option to do your exams at our exams centre in Milton Keynes for a discounted fee of £60 per exam.

There are five computer based assessments as under:
1 – Unit assessment for Bookkeeping transactions.
2 – Unit assessment for Bookkeeping controls.
3 – Unit assessment for Elements of costing.
4 – Unit assessment for Using accounting software.
5 – Synoptic assessment covering syllabus from the first three units above plus Work effectively in finance unit.

What are the study options?

You can study at your own pace and convenience with full tutor support through distance learning, also known as “home study”, “self-study” or “correspondence” course. We provide you with all the study material (text books, work books, question banks, revision activities, etc.) you will need to prepare for your exams. 

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What resources do we provide?

We will provide you with text books, work books and question banks when you enrol. In addition, your tutor may also send you some activities (for practice and revision) via email from time to time. A trial copy of Sage 50 accounting software is also included.

What are the entry requirements?

This is an open qualification and there are no formal qualifications required.

However, you need to have good literacy, numeracy and IT skills. This requirement can be supported in many ways, including:
• Your recent GCSE English and Maths grades.
• Any other relevant qualification completed in the UK that can support the levels of literacy and numeracy required.
• Your relevant work experience (including voluntary work) that can support the levels of literacy and numeracy required.
• A set of short numeracy and literacy tests designed by professional agencies that can be taken at our request (at no charge to you).
• You can also use your results from AAT’s Skillcheck (http://www.aatskillcheck.org/home.aspx) to support your application. It’s free to use and only takes around 30 minutes to complete.

You also need to have good IT equipment (a laptop/PC with Windows 7/8/10 and CD/DVD drive) with high speed broadband connectivity.

What is the progression path?

You can progress to our AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting course.

As for your career progression, you can look forward to being employed as an accounts assistant in an accounts/finance department. You can also work in roles such as bookkeeper, ledger assistant, sales ledger clerk, accounts payable clerk, petty cashier, payroll assistant etc. You can continue your further studies while working to achieve a good balance of work experience with your academic studies.


The syllabus for this qualification has been based on the information published by the AAT. For a detailed syllabus and guidance for this qualification please refer to the information available on AAT's website: https://www.aat.org.uk/prod/s3fs-public/assets/AAT_Foundation_Certificate_Accounting_Qualification_Specification.pdf

We have tried to summarise the information available but cannot be held responsible for any omission or inconsistency.

Updated: July 2018.

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