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AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation)

Start on the journey to owning and running your own bookkeeping business

Who is it for? Students starting their bookkeeping studies with no previous experience. This course is ideal if you want to gain an entry level role within the rewarding bookkeeping or accounting profession.

AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation)

Start date: Ongoing
Duration: Six months' typical completion time, roughly 5-7 hours per week.

Kick start your career with the Level 2 AAT Bookkeeping Qualification 

If you have always been interested in organising your own finances or helping others get their accounts in order, bookkeeping can make for a dynamic and rewarding career, offering flexibility, variety and excellent returns.

Our award winning online AAT courses are designed with a single objective: to get the best out of you, realising your full potential. We support you throughout your AAT journey with the BEST interactive resources, live online classes and Tutor support with the opportunity to go at a quicker or slower pace, or even take a break, if you need to.

Our online AAT Level 2 Course in Bookkeeping (Foundation) will give you a solid introduction to basic business bookkeeping principles. Home Learning College train more AAT students online than any other training provider.

This AAT Level 2 course (Foundation) comprises the first stage on the AAT qualification pathway, it will ensure you master the basics of bookkeeping giving you the skills and essential knowledge you need to manage books effectively. The course offers a solid introduction to manual double entry bookkeeping, including associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard, providing a great starting point for anyone wishing to start a career in the accounting or bookkeeping industry.

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 hugely respected by employers. On completion of the course you will receive your Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Foundation) and will qualify for a wide range of entry level finance roles opening your career up to many exciting opportunities.

Study on our award winning online platform

We are thrilled to have won two awards at the 2016 AAT Training Provider Awards: Best Use of E-learning, in recognition of our expert learning team and ground-breaking online campus and AAT Distance Learner of the Year which was awarded to one of our most dedicated students Thomas Brinsley. 

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 here to learn How It Works.

How to gain the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation)

Students will work through the AAT Level 2 Bookkeeping 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. 

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

Our online AAT courses enable you to fit your studies around existing commitments, including family life or running a business.

We break down the AAT syllabus into small, manageable learning blocks because we know, from experience, that people learn best from taking small steps and consolidating their knowledge as they go along. 

The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation) consists of two separate units:

  • Unit 1: Bookkeeping transactions 
  • Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls

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
  • Six months’ typical completion time
  • Two course books and two Tutor Marked Assignments, one for each unit
  • The Level 2 AAT Bookkeeping Foundation Certificate offers progression to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Accounting.

* Available for the duration of your course.

We bring together the very best tutors, an enormous range of interactive course materials and a large support team there for you at every stage of your journey to ensure you have the best AAT course experience possible and achieve your individual goals.

  • Structured but flexible approach gives you achievable milestones to work towards
  • Your dedicated Tutor is there whenever needed, proactively intervening when extra support is needed
  • Our Student Services team help you find your way around the campus and use our wealth of support tools
  • Our friendly Community Co-ordinators give you extra help and encouragement along the way
  • Our marking team ensure your assignments are turned around rapidly and with helpful feedback
  • 24 hour access to the award-winning Virtual Learning Campus
  • Interactive live classes mean you learn alongside your peers and help with motivation
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Optional NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts
  • Free AAT Subscription worth £43

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

To enrol on our Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping course, we recommend that you have a basic GCSE qualification in English and Mathematics and a keen interest in Bookkeeping.

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
  • 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 two or three instalments at no extra charge.

    Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. 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.

    * Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. 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.

    The practical, hands-on skills you will gain from this Level 2 course will set you up perfectly for a trainee level Bookkeeping or Accounting role. This could be as an Accounts Administrator, Accounts Assistant or Bookkeeper earning up to £29,000*.

    The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Foundation) can form the first stage of the full AAT Accounting Qualification (AQ2016) pathway. If you choose to top up with an extra three units, you will receive the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. The full AAT qualification consists of three levels and is a fully recognised route to employment in a UK accounting role; the further you progress, the better the employment opportunities.

    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.

    On successful completion of this course, you will receive the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and can apply for relevant jobs

    *Salary Checker 2016


    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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