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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

The AAT Level 2 accounting course will prepare you for entry-level accounting job roles by building up your knowledge of financial administration. You will learn essential skills such as double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and how to use accounting software.

Throughout this AAT accounting course you will also learn finance, accountancy, business and communications skills. 

AAT Level 2 Foundation course in Accounting is a great entry point for anyone looking to move into a career in accounting. If you are looking to gain the knowledge and certificates required for more advanced accounting job roles, we suggest enrolling onto our AAT Foundation & Advanced in Accounting (Level 2 & 3)

We are incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020!'

Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online & Books
  • Exams: Available via Awarding Body
  • Course Access: 12 months
  • 93.7% Pass rate (Level 2)
  • Dual AAT & Sage Certification
  • Includes AAT Membership
  • Xero Advisor Certification
  • Unlimited Tutor Support
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Key features
  • Delivery Method: Online & Books
  • Exams: Available via Awarding Body
  • Course Access: 12 months
  • 93.7% Pass rate (Level 2)
  • Dual AAT & Sage Certification
  • Includes AAT Membership
  • Xero Advisor Certification
  • Unlimited Tutor Support
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What is the AAT Level 2 Accounting Certificate

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting Level 2 is one of the most popular accounting courses in the UK. If you have no experience in accounting but are looking to start a career in this industry, this course is the best place to get started

This qualification will prepare you for junior accounting roles, as you learn how to run everyday accounting practices, such as double-entry bookkeepingcosting, and how to use Sage accounting software.    

We are incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020!'

A badge of excellence – AAT qualifications are internationally recognised, and will teach you a range of practical, real-world accounting skills, which you can use daily. These qualifications are highly respected in the industry and are a sign of commitment and excellence.

Gain the skills employers want – Financial management is a necessary part of every business. As such, the demand for accounting professionals is always high across all sectors. AAT certifications offer practical, industry-focussed qualifications, helping you take on the right roles for your skill set.

Different career options – With your AAT certifications you will be able to either start working straight away, work towards becoming a Chartered Accountant, or set up your own accounting practice.  

Boost your earning potential – Undertaking AAT training and earning your certifications will not only boost your earning potential but it will also enable you to move into more senior job roles.

Retrain at any time – Looking to up-skill or retain for a career in accounting? AAT qualifications provide you with an opportunity to change careers at any age and move into a popular industry.

High-quality training standards – AAT qualifications are part of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF), so you can be sure you’re receiving training to the highest standard.  

Is the AAT Level 2 in Accounting Foundation Certificate right for me?

While it would be beneficial to have a basic understanding of accounting, gained through previous study or office-based experience, anyone can enrol onto the AAT Accounting Level 2 course.

You will be required to:  

  •    Be at least 16 years old (or have the consent of a parent or guardian)
  •    Have a solid understanding of the English language
  •    Be comfortable with basic mathematics
  •    Have access to a PC or Laptop (This course is both Mac and Windows compatible, however the Sage software is not compatible with Apple Mac’s, unless Boot Camp is installed)

While this qualification is delivered online, we also include the textbooks to assist you with your studies. 

How will the AAT Level 2 in Accounting Foundation Certificate advance my career?

In these competitive times, having an AAT certificate and accreditation on your CV can help increase your confidence and give you a competitive advantage in the job market. Knowing you have studied both the theory and the practical elements of accounting, goes a long way in helping you feel prepared and empowered. 

Employers value AAT qualifications and large organisations, such as KPMG train their staff with AAT, as it shows they can apply their studies into real-world scenarios. 

New career opportunities could include:  

  •    Accounts Administrator - £23k 
  •    Payroll Administrator - £23k 
  •    Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk - £23k 
  •    Accounts Payable Clerk - £24k  

Additional pathways include progressing onto our AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level 3. With this qualification, you can apply for more senior accounting jobs, and gain AATQB status, making you a qualified Bookkeeper. You will be able to use the initials AATQB after your name and have the ability to legally run your own Bookkeeping business.   

Our AAT Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting package will save you over money compared to ordering the courses separately. 

General Accounting Responsibilities & Salary

As an Accountant you will be responsible for many different areas of a company’s finances, including: 

  •    Preparing financial documents (bills and invoices)
  •    Completing purchase orders
  •    Managing payroll
  •    Completing bank reconciliations, and more

While salaries range by sector and job role, industry averages are between £20,000 and £24,000 a year at this level.   

Why study the AAT Level 2 in Accounting Foundation Certificate with e-Careers

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective way to earn your AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting and become accredited by an award-winning organisation, e-Careers is here for you! We're a Sage Certified organisation, offering Sage software and courseware. Upon completion of this course, you'll be awarded a Sage certificate and gain much-needed experience and practice towards the official AAT exams, giving you the best chance of success.  

Other benefits include:

  •    Best price guaranteed! (Includes AAT Membership worth £147)
  •    High quality training materials plus additional textbooks 
  •    One of the industries highest average pass rates of 93.7%
  •    180 days of access to Sage 50 Accounts Professional software
  •    Gain two qualifications in one course (AAT Level 2 and SAGE Software)
  •    Interest-free payment plans available
  •    Unlimited expert Tutor Support

We are the largest Sage Certified Training Provider in the UK. We use Sage as it's the most popular accounting software used by businesses. This course includes a Sage 50 certificate upon completion, which will help to increase your employability.   

AAT Membership benefits

  • Green light tests so you can see if you are ready to take your exams
  • Additional study support resources
  • Career tips from employers, networking, industry updates, newsletters 

AAT Membership is required to sit your exams, but don’t worry, we have included this in our course.  

Contact us today to get enrolled on this accounting course and move closer to becoming an accredited accounting professional. 

AAT Syllabus

AAT Level 2 will provide you with a basic knowledge of accounting principles and skills. At this level, your knowledge in accounting will start to develop and finance administration is your focus.    

The five units you'll cover through this course, are:

  • Unit 1 - Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Unit 2 - Bookkeeping Controls
  • Unit 3 - Elements of Costing
  • Unit 4 - Using Accounting Software
  • Unit 5 – The Synoptic Assessment  

Average course completion time – 6-9 months

These qualifications will teach you how to process payments and receipts, prepare invoices, complete bank reconciliations, use accounting software and have the skills required to work effectively in the finance industry.  

AAT Exam  Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

There are five exams in total - 4 computer-based exams and 1 Synoptic Assessment. 

Exams

  •    Bookkeeping Transactions (1 Hour 30 minutes)
  •    Bookkeeping Controls (1 Hour 30 minutes)
  •    Elements of Costing (1 Hour 30 minutes)
  •    Using Accounting Software (2 Hours)
  •    Foundation Certificate in Accounting Synoptic Test Assessment (2 Hours) 

AAT exams will need to be taken at your local AAT test centre, and the format includes multiple-choice questions.  

Exam fees are not included in the course cost and will be approximately £60-85 per exam and will vary by exam centre. 

Synoptic Assessments 

Synoptic Assessments are designed to test your understanding of a range of subjects across your AAT qualification. You can take this test for most weeks of the year.  

Pass Rates 

We’re proud to have achieved some of the highest pass marks in the UK, across each level and our AAT Level 2 pass rate is 93.7% 

We’re able to achieve such high pass rates because of the package we offer, including eLearning, textbooks, mock exams, AAT membership and more!  

AAT Exams Update - COVID-19

Pearson VUE-owned test centres will be following the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting testing candidates and their staff. Candidates are asked to comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined below to keep fellow candidates safe. (Face masks are now required while testing at Pearson VUE-owned test centres). Read all the details here. 

Synoptic windows revised

Synoptic window dates have now been confirmed for the remainder of the year and include additional dates to help with planning and potential capacity issues due to social distancing restrictions. Full details can be found here.

Level 2 synoptic assessments

In agreement with Ofqual, the UK qualifications regulator, the AAT has announced the intention to issue calculated results for eligible students studying the Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) and Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 2).

Full details on the revised synoptic windows can be found here.

Sage software is only compatible with a Windows PC or Laptop. This software is not compatible with Apple Mac’s (unless Boot Camp is installed). 

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