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AAT Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) — Part-time

Course outline

The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting is ideal for anyone wishing to study accountancy and finance alongside a range of complementary business and personal skills.

AAT is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications. Their qualifications are practical, internationally recognised and can open doors in any industry across the world.
Students should choose the Level 2 Certificate in Accounting if they’re interested in developing transferable business and personal skills alongside their core accountancy skills. This qualification may also be valuable for those entering the workplace for the first time or for those changing careers who would like additional support in upskilling to enter, or re-enter, a business environment.

A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn an understanding of accounting software and develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

The focus of the programme of study will be:

  • The education and training of learners who wish to be employed in a variety of types of accounting related work.
  • Developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of learners from an accounting viewpoint.
  • To provide opportunities for part-time learners to gain a nationally recognised level 2 vocationally specific qualification.

Units include:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment

Please note this course is for learners aged 19+ only.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date / time Fees / reductions
Stoney Street

Start: Wednesday 11th September 2024

End: Wednesday 2nd July 2025

Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm

The tuition fee you pay will depend on your current qualifications. Please see our Fee and Financial Support page page to see if you can claim a fee reduction.

AAT Registration fee: On top of the course fees and materials fees, you are required to register with the AAT at a cost of £175.

Fees shown are based on 2023/24. Fees for 2024/25 are yet to be confirmed.

Tuition fee: £600

Additional costs:

  • Materials fee: £290

Course code: C000385 / Q002192


AAT Certificate in Accounting

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are:

  • You must be aged 19+
  • GCSE English and Maths at a minimum of grade grade 4/C (or Functional Skills at Level 2). If you do not have this, you will be asked to undertake English and maths assessments to determine the level you are working at. If the results of the tests show that your English and maths skills are below Level 2, you will need to enrol for either GCSE or Functional Skills to support your studies.
Teaching & assessment

The four units are assessed individually through computer-based end-of-unit assessments at the City Hub. This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across a number of units.


The finance, accountancy, business and communication skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • An accounts administrator
  • An accounts assistant
  • An accounts payable clerk
  • A trainee accounting technician

You can also progress onto the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Additional information

Students are responsible for registering with the AAT and paying student membership fees directly to them (currently £65). This fee covers the time studying level 3, up to a maximum of 3 years.