AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2)
The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides you with essential skills if you are thinking of starting your own business.
About the course
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides an entry point for anyone wishing to start a career in accountancy or finance. It may also support career progression for those already in employment by formally recognising their skills in manual bookkeeping.
Manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles. Studying the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping helps students to develop a strong foundation of bookkeeping knowledge and skills needed to work in accountancy and finance, or to go on to study higher level bookkeeping or accountancy. Students completing this qualification will be able to confidently carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks.
This qualification is suitable for those already working in finance, those returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career. The qualification is open to both those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. It also offers progression for students who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT at Level 1.
There are no prerequisites for the study of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.
What does the qualification cover?
Students who wish to build practical skills quickly should choose the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This qualification allows students to develop specialised skills, or to gain recognition for those skills they already have. Studying this qualification will give students confidence in manual bookkeeping. This may support them in entering employment or in improving their career prospects. The qualification may help students enter a financial administration role, help them gain a promotion or give them the skills to support the financial processes within their own business. The qualification is composed of two mandatory units, assessed in two end-of-unit assessments:
- Bookkeeping Transactions
- Bookkeeping Controls
A student completing this qualification will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system, and using associated documents and processes. Students will be able to check transactions for accuracy; make entries in appropriate books and ledgers, and calculate sales invoices and credit notes. They will also cover more complex Level 2 bookkeeping procedures including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances and develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records.
What kind of job can I expect after completing this qualification?
The skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.
A student completing this qualification will develop the underpinning skills required in all accountancy and finance roles. They will use bookkeeping skills to confidently perform accounting transactions and understand how to process financial information in accordance with set procedures and schedules. The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to further study in bookkeeping or accountancy, or to employment as:
- a clerical assistant
- a trainee bookkeeper
- an accounts clerk
- a finance assistance
- an accounts administrator