What is the course about?
This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) 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 combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. This Level 2 course is part-funded, so the cost for students is reduced. On successful completion of this course, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Please see information on progression below.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This is a Level 2 course. Learners need to have achieved previously - Level 1 English Functional Skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will need to have completed the Level 1 Bookkeeping course prior to starting this Level 2 course. Additionally, you should have good digital IT skills.
What topics does the course cover?
The Level 2 course covers a range of key areas, including: Introduction to Bookkeeping; Principles of Bookkeeping; Principles of Costing; The Business Environment. You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.
How will I be taught and assessed?
We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and In Class 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. In class, you benefit from regular classes with a 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. This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
This Level 2 course is funded but please see our admission team for full information. You will need regular access to a smartphone, tablet or computer and reliable internet service to complete this course, and will need a non-programmable calculator for assessments. Once enrolled, learners will be given access to Microsoft Office 365.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
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.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
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. 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 National Skills Fund initiative, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course if you live in Greater London. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of your Level 3 study. Please ask a member of staff for more information.