AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Foundation Certificate
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Location Future Skills Centre
  • Course Length 35 weeks
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  • Fee £632.50* (Financial support is available, see below)
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*There is a fee for this course, as above. Financial support is also available – click here to view Up to Level 2 Funding – see Options A or B to see if you qualify.

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is to offer grounding in the core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress either to employment or to further study.

This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as for adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career.

The Foundation Certificate is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. This qualification could also help someone who is already working in an entry-level finance role to progress in their career by offering them development and formal recognition of their skills.

Tues 13-Sept-22 27-Jun-23 9.30-16.30 35 weeks Future Skills Centre P2PCACE0/2/A
Thurs 15-Sept-22 06-Jul-23 17.30-20.30 37 weeks Future Skills Centre P2ECACE0/2/A
Mon 17-Apr-23 05-Feb-24 9.30-16.30 35 weeks Future Skills Centre P2PCACE0/2/B

What topics will I study?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units:

  • Bookkeeping transactions
  • Bookkeeping controls
  • Elements of costing
  • Using accounting software
  • Work effectively in finance

You will be assessed through time-constrained competence-based external online examinations throughout the programme, including a synoptic assessment (final examination covering all units).

Teaching and learning methods:

Workroom based teaching and practice exercises to develop accounting skills, IT skills and exam preparation in computer suites. Sessions are delivered by highly qualified industry accountants.

Guest lecturers and workshops from professionals working with accountancy practice and a range of finance departments.

Advice and guidance sessions and careers workshops.

Next steps: 

Finance is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills will never go away. Jobs in accounting and finance are extremely diverse and deliver exciting career opportunities.

With AAT on your CV, you demonstrate a level of industry excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers across all industries. The qualification can lead to such roles as:

• Accounts administrator
• Accounts assistant
• Accounts payable clerk
• Purchase/sales ledger clerk
• Trainee accounting technician
• Trainee finance assistant

Entry Requirements

Either level 1 or above in Maths or English (tested through an initial assessment you will complete for us) or a ‘distinction’ grade at our Level 1 progression test if you completed our AAT Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping.


You will study at our Hele Road or Future Skills Centre. Our Future Skills Centre opened in 2021 near Exeter Airport. The Centre includes provision for school leavers and adult learners and focuses on courses for high-tech jobs in aeronautical, engineering, digital, construction and clean growth.

Additional Costs

AAT membership (currently £150 per year.)

AAT coursebooks and question banks (currently around £100 for all required books.)

A basic calculator (that includes a square root button) and you will also need to bring the following to the first session: pen, paper and a folder to store class handouts.

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