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Get to grips with key accounting practices and start on the path to becoming a qualified Accounting Technician with our AAT Level 2 course online.

Who is it for? Adult learners seeking to enter the world of accounting
Qualification: AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (QCF: 600/6909/0)
Location: Online Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 210 recommended study hours - 12 months' typical completion

Kick start your career with the Level 2 AAT Accounting Qualification

If you are interested in learning basic accounting principles or currently hold an entry-level finance position but want to better understand your role, then our online AAT Level 2 Course in Accounting will give you a solid introduction to basic business accounting principles.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the leading awarding body for the accounting sector; AAT qualifications are recognised around the world as evidence of capability. The AAT Level 2 course comprises the first stage on the AAT qualification pathway. On completion of the course you will receive your Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and will be able to apply for entry level roles in accounting.

Learn essential accounting skills

Our AAT Level 2 online course will give you a solid understanding of manual and computerised accounting, using Sage One Accounts software (provided with the course). This AAT training course will introduce the essential accounting principles such as double entry bookkeeping, basic costing procedures, sales ledgers and computerised accounting, as well as how to work effectively in the industry.

AAT Level 2 accounting courses make for popular online training courses; allowing you to study at home to develop a solid understanding of business accounting processes, without having to attend set classes.

Level 2 accounting training will equip you for an entry level role in an Accounting or Finance department. By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of manual and computerised accounts and how to use them in a 'real world' setting.

The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting consists of five separate units:

  1. Processing Bookkeeping Transactions
  2. Control Accounts, Journals and Banking System
  3. Basic Costing
  4. Computerised Accounting
  5. Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance.

You will be provided with textbooks for each unit (also given as eBooks through the Virtual Learning Campus).

View a short selection of Sample Materials for AAT Level 2 Certificate.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 2 qualification – comparable to studying at GCSE or higher diploma level
  • Accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and recognised by Ofqual
  • Five course books and five Tutor Marked Assignments, one for each unit
  • Four computer-based tests and one computer-based project taken at an external examination centre
  • 210 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) - however, as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options available
  • Pathway option available - take advantage of two courses in one economical package with our combined AAT Level 2 & 3 course
  • The Level 2 AAT Accounting Certificate offers progression to the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

*Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt the AAT may not accept you as a member – consequently you will be unable to sit exams.

What is Included

We have put together a comprehensive package to ensure you have everything you need to successfully complete your course. This includes:

  • Study framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 12 months
  • Dedicated tutor to provide additional assistance along the course
  • Timely interactive live classes as you progress through the course to instil the knowledge
  • Course books for each unit
  • Additional downloadable resources
  • Online student forums
  • 24 hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • Assignment marking and thorough feedback
  • Exam fees and exclusive exam booking service
  • Sage One Accounts software
  • Free access to the Career Management Service
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

To enrol on our Level 2 Certificate in Accounting course, we recommend that you have a basic GCSE qualification in English and Mathematics and a keen interest in Accounting. We also recommend that students take the AAT’s Skill Check to measure their prior knowledge.

Before you enrol on this Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the prerequisites below:

  • You have a valid UK address (AAT qualifications cannot be studied outside the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man)
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required if English is not your first language
  • You have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period
  • It is essential that you have a PC with the Windows XP operating system or higher to run the Sage software
  • You have basic computer skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18 or 24 months payment plans*. Representative APR 19.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, is subject to a credit check and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only. 


Pathway Option

Designed to help you fast-track your career, our pathway packages combine the courses you need to gain access to the wider job opportunities and a higher earning potential.

With our AAT Intermediate Pathway you can gain your AAT Level 2 Certificate and AAT Level 3 Diploma in one course, allowing you to save money and fast-track your career.

Upon completion of the AAT Level 2 Certificate course, you will gain a nationally recognised accredited QCF Qualification , giving you status as a part-qualified Accounting Technician.

The practical, hands-on accounting skills you will gain from studying AAT Level 2 will prepare you for a trainee level Finance or Accounting role. This could be as an Accounts Administrator, Accounts Assistant, Accounts Payable Clerk, Bookkeeper or Trainee Accounts Technician.

The Level 2 Certificate forms the first stage of the full AAT Accounting Qualification (AQ2013) pathway. Completing the AAT pathway is approximately equivalent to the first year of an honours degree and allows you to use the letters MAAT after your name and to go on to study with British Chartered Accountancy bodies. AAT is the only professional qualification that allows progression to Chartered status from entry level.

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The best progression for distance learning - keeping you on target

Tutor Group Study uniquely combines the flexibility of distance learning with the progressive nature of classroom study, providing students with a structured and proactive framework in which to progress through a course with a group or a class together, whilst studying at home.

With 85%* completion rates we are ahead of the competition who only see around 37%* - by choosing Home Learning College you are placing yourself in safe hands.

Take a look at our 9 month pathway, you will benefit from live classes almost every week and an extra 3 month tuition at the end, incase you need to catch up:


One of our expert Academic Advisors will advise you over the phone about the right starting point for you based on your existing experience and skills

Get online

Once you sign up you will be sent logins to your 24-hour access Virtual Learning Campus (VLC), all of your materials will be available online in one place, including; the relevant Sage software and e-books

Say "hi"

Your designated personal tutor will welcome you online, offering you 1:1 support and advice that is tailored to your specific needs. You can also meet your tutor group, who will be part of your journey as you progress through.

Get started

This is where you will activate your AAT membership, receive your study plan and your first tasks assigned by your tutor. Make sure you log in to the live classes to ask any questions

Progress through the material

Your tutor will help you to progress through the course by assigning weekly tasks. Interactive quizzes are available throughout the duration, so you can check your knowledge as you progress. Take advantage of the social forums; share advice and experience. You can clearly see where you are in your journey.

Submit your first assignment

Submit your assignments online with comprehensive feedback sent back within 7 days

Take an exam

You can revise and practice for your exams with our practice tests, once you’re ready and your tutor agrees, we will book the exam for you at a convenient location

Receive your QCF certified AAT Qualification

Revise for your exams to ensure you pass and go on to receive your AAT certificate.

Get the job you deserve

Make use of the career service platform; CV writing tips, interview techniques, industry advice that we provide for our students. Over the course of 9 months you will learn skills that are directly relevant to the UK job market, so you can feel confident in your future.

We will be here to support you every step of the way.

*AAT QUID: Quarterly insight digest: Q2-2014

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