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Your AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting will include:

Blended Learning


  • On-demand digital content
  • Personalised learning
  • Online and in-person learner engagement


  • Bespoke learning materials
  • Purpose built learning platform
  • Computer-based exams with instant grades


  • Dedicated tutor throughout
  • Get support via telephone, email or online
  • 92% pass rate (of learners enrolled in 2018)

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

The AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting is the introductory level on the AAT qualification route. If you are new to finance or want to brush up on your foundation knowledge and skills, this would be the ideal level for you to start.

Studying the AAT Level 2 Foundation qualification will equip you with a range of basic accounting principles and techniques, from costings and double entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.

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Those looking for an entry-level qualification into Accounting

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Online learning
Classroom learning

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Online: Flexible start
Classroom: Speak to an advisor

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Online: 3 – 12 months
Classroom: 8 – 12 months

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Book a virtual tour with a member of our team who can talk you through this course online.

AAT Level 2 qualification overview

  • What you will learn

    This level contains the following units:

    • Bookkeeping Transactions
    • Bookkeeping Controls
    • Using Accounting Software
    • Elements of Costing
    • Foundation Synoptic, including
      • Work Effectively in Finance

  • Key outcomes

    • Prepare and extend a trial balance
    • Produce final accounts for sole traders and partnerships
    • Use information gathered from costing systems to assist decision making
    • Understand the principles of ethical working
    • Complete VAT returns accurately
    • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data

  • What's included

    • 24/7 access to BabingtonOnline (distance learning only)
    • Regular contact with your tutor
    • Personal study plan
    • Self-grading activities
    • Video lectures
    • Exclusive forums
    • Downloadable revision materials
    • Practice & mock exams
    • Text books (incl. P&P)

  • Assessment

    Computer-based assessment, tutor marked project (computerised accounting)
  • Prerequisites

    No formal qualifications are required at this stage. If you are unsure which level is right for you, AAT offers a Skillcheck test.
  • Progression

    An AAT Level 2 Foundation qualification gives you the opportunity to move on to study the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification which is then followed by the AAT Level 4 Advanced Diploma.
  • Career path

    You will be eligible for the following roles after qualification: Accounts Administrator, Tax Assistant, Trainee Accounts Technician.
    The AAT salary checker gives an average salary of £17,591 once you are Level 2 qualified.
  • Payment

    AAT Level 2 distance learning £675 (inc VAT) / AAT Level 2 evening class £900 (inc VAT) / AAT Level 2 day class £1925 (inc VAT).
    For more information on AAT membership and exam costs please speak to a Course Adviser.
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