Accounting & Business Foundation Diploma Level 2

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Learners who wish to build their practical skills quickly should choose the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This qualification allows learners to develop specialised skills or to gain recognition for the skills that they already have.
Studying this qualification will give learners confidence in manual bookkeeping. This may support them in entering employment or in improving their career prospects. The qualification may help learners to enter a financial administration role, help them to gain a promotion or give them the skills to support the financial processes within their own business.
This qualification would be an ideal next step for learners who have already studied accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT.
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping will take approximately 16 weeks to complete.

Who is this Course for?

This course is designed for adult learners studying part time as a hobby or to support a change in their career.

What progression and career opportunities will I gain?

The skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a learner to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

A learner 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 study in bookkeeping or accountancy or to employment as:

• a clerical assistant

• a trainee bookkeeper

• an accounts clerk 

• a finance assistant 

• an accounts administrator. 

What does the course involve?

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

The qualification is composed of two mandatory units, assessed in two end-of-unit assessments: 

• Bookkeeping Transactions

• Bookkeeping Controls.

A learner completing this qualification will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes. Learners 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. 

It is good practice for learners to work with employers while studying. This could include work experience or placements, working on projects or exercises set or supervised by those working in the industry, or by attending masterclasses or guest lectures by people working in accounting. 

Employers also contribute to the development of AAT qualifications. A learner who passes an AAT assessment is passing a test of real workplace skills, set in a real workplace context and reviewed by practitioners and industry experts. 

What qualification will I get?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides an entry point for anyone wishing to start a career in accountancy or finance. It may also support career progression for those already in employment by formally recognising their skills in manual bookkeeping.
Manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles. Studying the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping helps learners 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. Learners 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 learners who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT.
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 learners begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.

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