AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides is essential for anyone wishing to become a qualified Bookkeeper.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Accountancy
  • Qualification AAT Foundation Certificate
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 2
  • Location Future Skills Centre
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  • Fee £995.00 - funding available* (see below for more information)
  • Reduced Fee £20.00
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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 those wishing to change career. The qualification is open to 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.

Tues 14-Sep-21 14-Dec-21 09:30-16:30 Future Skills Centre 13 weeks P2PBOOE0/1/A
Thurs 16-Sep-21 16-Dec-21 17:30-20:30 Future Skills Centre 13 weeks P2EBOOE0/1/A
Fri 04-Mar-22 01-Jul-22 09:30-16:30 Future Skills Centre 14 weeks PP2PBOOE0/1/B

What topics will I study?

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks in two mandatory units

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls

A student completing this qualification will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in 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 Foundation level bookkeeping procedures, including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances, and will develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records.

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Next steps: 

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 AAT study with us or to employment as:

• a clerical assistant
• a trainee bookkeeper
• an accounts clerk
• a finance assistant
• an accounts administrator.

Further AAT study available with us include our AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (three more level 2 units including Computerised accounting & Costing) and/ or the AAT Advanced Certificate in Accounting (Level 3).

Entry Requirements

The AAT does not set any 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 (an initial assessment is required).

Please note: It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week. Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.


You will study at our Future Skills Centre, which 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 costs approximately £45 (also covers those progressing to do the AAT Level 3 in Bookkeeping).

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