AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

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

Our online AAT Level 2 Course in Accounting will give you a solid introduction to basic business accounting principles. Home Learning College train more AAT students online than any other training provider through our award-winning Virtual Learning Campus, experienced tutors and unique Tutor Group Study option, we are ready to help you get further in your accounting career.

The AAT Level 2 course comprises the first stage on the AAT qualification pathway. 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 and are respected by employers. 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.

Study on our award winning online platform

We are thrilled to have recently won two awards at the 2016 AAT Training Provider Awards and reap the rewards of all the hard work our team puts into creating such high quality courses. We won Best Use of E-learning, which recognises the exceptional digital learning experience we provide for our students and also AAT Distance Learner of the Year which was awarded to one of our extremely dedicated students Thomas Brinsley. 

Learn essential accounting skills

Not every AAT Level 2 accounting course is the same. Our level of experience and investment in the UK’s largest online AAT programme gives you access not only to experienced tutors, but to a learning environment refined through thousands of successful student journeys. Click on How It Works below to see why we’re different.

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.

How to gain the AAT Level 2 qualification

Students will work through the AAT Level 2 course online on our award winning VLC (Virtual Learning Campus)  our fantastic online learning platform which ensures Students succeed, with the ability to study online, on any device, wherever and whenever suits them. Online learning allows you to gain a professional qualification around work, family and other important commitments and offers a flexibility that is simply not available from traditional colleges.

The VLC is filled with a huge range of resources and engaging content and we make sure our course materials cater to all learning styles to give all our students the best chance of success.  The campus holds videos, interactive quizzes, live online classes- with Tutor and peer interaction, case studies, E-books, practice tests, online chat box for Tutor contact, student forums, plus our Career Management Hub offers students recent industry news, CV advice, interview simulators, expert video tips and recruitment help. 

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 Syllabus is set by the AAT but we translate those requirements into a unique combination of tutor-led and self-led activities that give you the confidence to progress and achieve your qualification.

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.

Your qualification...

  • 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.

The new AAT syllabus (AQ2016) is coming soon

From 1st September 2016 there will be a few changes coming into effect to the AAT syllabus. Find out what it means for you, and what your options are. 

*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:

  • Your dedicated tutor takes responsibility for your overall progress through the course. They have the experience and expertise to get you qualified
  • Our student services team help you organise your exams, use our wealth of support tools and generally make things go smoothly
  • Our dedicated marking team ensure your assignments are turned around rapidly and with helpful feedback
  • 24 hour access to the Virtual Learning Campus
  • We set a Study Framework for your tutor group to ensure you complete the course within 12 months
  • Interactive live classes mean you learn alongside your peers and help with motivation – you really don’t feel you’re studying alone
  • Our vibrant community of thousands of students gives you a ready-made network for support or advice
  • Both printed course books and handy ebooks for each unit
  • Exam fees and our full exam booking service means you can focus on your studies
  • Our exclusive Career Management Service includes video career coaching, interview simulator, career assessment tools, CV guidance and job search
  • Flexible finance options to help you spread the cost (more detail below)
  • Sage One Accounts software
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

Call us now on 020 7173 5847 to hear more about our unique line-up.

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements, to enrol on our Level 2 Certificate in Accounting course, we recommend that you have a basic GCSE qualification in English and Mathematics or 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 offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

Career Path


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.

This could be just the beginning – progressing to Level 3 and beyond opens up a wealth of opportunity for promotion and higher salaries.

The Pathway Option – combine levels to save

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. This option offers savings of over 30% compared to the regular Level 3 price.

The Level 2 Certificate forms the first of three stages in 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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*Source: Salary Checker, 2015

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*Source: Salary Checker, 2015

The best progression for distance learning - keeping you on target

Exclusive to Home Learning College, our 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.

Students on our Tutor Group Study courses progress more quickly and their completion rates are significantly higher. To really appreciate the difference, it is worth a brief chat with one of our Course Advisors.

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, in case you need to catch up:

Initial Consultation and enrolment

Our expert Academic Advisors offer a unique perspective, having helped hundreds of AAT students with planning and financing their studies around life’s other commitments. They will advise you over the phone about the right starting point for you based on your existing experience and skills. They will also go through the finance alternatives that best suit you.

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.

Meet your Tutor

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

At this stage, you will receive your own study plan and your first tasks assigned by your tutor. Be sure to join the live classes to ask any questions and learn with your classmates.

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.

Online AAT qualifications are universally respected and internationally recognised. One in twelve Chartered Accountants started by studying toward an AAT Qualification*. AAT is the UK’s leading professional body for Accounting and Finance employees with 125,000 members worldwide.

Our AAT courses online allow you to study at home and learn the important technical theory you need to work as an Accountant and how to apply this in a real-world setting. Home Learning College is the UK’s leading online learning provider for distance learning AAT courses, with pass rates better than the AAT themselves for all levels.

Once you have completed the AAT Level 4 Diploma course you can apply to join one of the main British Chartered Accountancy bodies, without the need for a degree.

With AAT on your CV, you will demonstrate a level of excellence and work-readiness sought after by employers. Our practical, industry-focussed courses enable you to manage finances, budgets and cash flow effectively and play a key role in business growth.

Read more about the AAT courses

*Source: AAT website, 2016

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