Foundation Certificate in Accounting

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will usually take around one year to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as six months.

What you'll learn

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

You will learn finance, accountancy, business and communications skills. For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

Most students will start with this qualification. Find out if you should start here by taking the AAT Skillcheck test.

Syllabus

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

    (The synoptic assessment will ask students to apply knowledge and skills gained across the qualification in an integrated way, within a workplace context. Scenarios will change over time to ensure the validity of the assessment)

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Trainee finance assistant

Cost

Training provider fees

£600–£2000

This fee covers your tuition (if attending a course of study) and is paid directly to your training provider.

Standard qualification fee

The standard qualification fee comprises four assessment fees at £47 per assessment, plus one synoptic assessment fee at £50, giving a total of £238.

You will be required to pay the assessment fees to your training provider or assessment venue.

Note: training providers and assessment venues may charge an additional administrative fee for each assessment. Administrative fees, if charged, can vary from one organisation to another. 

AAT membership fees

  • £150 for UK students
  • £140 for international students

These are paid to AAT. The fees cover:

  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee.

Read more about AAT student membership fees.

Download a list of all fees in PDF.

Funding

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Details

Level

Level 2 (Level 5 Scotland)
GCSE (grades A*–C)
Key Stage 5 Technical Certificate

Total credits 34
Guided learning hours 240

What next?

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

 

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