Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2

Our Foundation Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles by giving you a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. To further develop your skills you can go on to study the Advanced and Professional courses and achieve the AAT Accounting Qualification.

If you are 16-19 years old why not study the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business? This the same accounting qualification, but tailored to your specific requirements.


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Qualification details


Training provider fees

Tuition fees range from £600 - £2,000. Depending on your training provider this may also include study materials, assessment fees and even the AAT fees listed below, while others may ask for these to be paid separately. When you contact your training provider, find out what is included. 

AAT fees

You will also need to pay AAT registration and membership fees. All students must register in order to sit assessments and access exclusive study support.

To become a Foundation Certificate in Accounting student you will need to pay the following fees when you register with AAT (applicable until September 2017):

Student - annual membership fee £90 (£80 for international students)
Student - admin fee £41
Total registration cost £131 (£121 for international students)

Course length

It will take you between 6 and 12 months, depending on your method of study and training provider.

Entry requirements

Unlike other qualifications there are no entry requirements with AAT and you don’t need relevant work experience. This means that our qualifications are ideal if you’re leaving school or college, returning to work or thinking of changing career.

However, do check with your training provider as they may have their own entry requirements.

Useful strengths

  • Confidence with numbers
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving

What you’ll learn

Foundation Certificate in Accounting - qualification outline

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance

For a closer look at the qualification syllabus order your free AAT prospectus.

Course basics

Total credits 34
Guided learning hours 240
Total Qualification Time (TQT) hours 340
Assessment methods Computer based assessments (CBAs)

How you’ll be assessed

AAT assessments are:

  • Practical computer based assessments (CBAs)
  • Designed to reflect real-life tasks
  • Flexible - you can sit them anytime of the year
  • Depending on the assessment, you may get your provisional results straight away

Study at the right level for you

If you're unsure which qualification to study our helpful advisors can advise you. Call us on +44 (0)20 3735 2434 - our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 (UK time). You can also request a call back.

You can also try our online Skillcheck - it will test your current knowledge and depending on your score, guide you to the right qualification.

Once you’ve started your studies, it’s easy to progress or switch to a different qualification should you decide to.


If you have already gained a relevant qualification you may be eligible for an exemption from some AAT assessments. This means you can fast track to study at the right level for you. Find out more about exemptions.

Flexible study options

You may have to fit your study around a job or prefer a more structured approach in a classroom. AAT approved training providers offer you the flexibility to study in the way that suits you best.

This qualification is available as:

It can be studied full-time or part-time, or as part of an apprenticeship programme.

Choose a college or training provider

Once you’ve chosen a qualification, you need to choose a training provider. Use our directory to search for an AAT approved training provider.

We strongly recommend comparing different providers as training packages can vary.

What should you ask?

When you contact potential training providers you should ask about:

  • Study options - what type of courses do they offer, full-time, part-time, or distance learning
  • Timetables - when can you start, what are the class times, how long is the course?
  • Fees - how much are their tuition fees, what does this include?
  • Study level - what is the most suitable qualification level for you?
  • Career support – can they help you find a work placement?

You should also ask what they offer in terms of:

  • Learning support
  • Physical course materials
  • Online resources

Open days

If you are thinking of studying via classroom-based learning you might want to search for training provider open days in your area.

Next steps - where can you take your career?

After completing the Foundation Certificate in Accounting, you can:

Job opportunities

The roles you are qualified to perform after completing this qualification include:  

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Officer
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Tax Assistant/Trainee
  • Trainee Accounts Technician

Salary £10,000 - £24,000


Is accounting right for you?

People think of accountancy as dry, but it is anything but. Accounting roles are exceptionally diverse and deliver quality career opportunities. Read about 10 amazing jobs you can get with an accounting qualification. Financial management is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills is consistently high across all sectors.

Employment prospects

AAT is a brand that employers trust. Employers love AAT qualifications as they demonstrate you have the practical real world skills they need. Our qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and will equip you with the key finance skills modern businesses are looking for.

Real value for money

Studying for any qualification is a commitment, both in terms of time and funding, so you want to be sure that your qualification offers you value for money. AAT courses are a quality investment for your career - they are highly respected and valued by employers, globally recognised, and provide the right type of skills for immediate employment. 

Combining study with full-time work or a family

With AAT you don't have to put your life on hold while you study. Our flexible qualifications mean it’s easy to fit learning around your work, family, friends and leisure time. You can study full-time or part-time, from home, work or on the move. We work with the best training providers who will guide you through your training and forward into a successful career. 

Achieve success

Successful study requires discipline, focus and motivation, so we’re here to help you every step of the way. When you register as a student with AAT we provide you with exclusive access to award-winning revision materials, study resources and support. This includes webinars, Green Light tests, sample assessments, e-learning modules, Real Life scenarios, key calculations, introduction videos, and much, much more.

We also have a thriving student community providing peer support and advice on Twitter @youraat, our Facebook page and our discussion forums, which will help you get the most out of your studies.


Making the right decision - how we can help

Choosing the right AAT qualification and training provider is a big decision. 

Call us on +44(0)20 3735 2434

We can help you:

  • Run through your options - which qualification might suit you best
  • Look at funding options
  • Find an AAT training provider
  • Explore the apprenticeship route

If you have any questions about studying an AAT qualification, speak to one of our friendly AAT student advisors to help get you started. Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 09.00-20.00 and Friday 09.00-17.00 (UK time). You can also request a call back.

Ask AAT students

A great way to find out what it’s like to study AAT is to ask current students. Tweet your questions to @studyaat, post on our Facebook page, or sign up to start a discussion on our forums and our helpful students will give you advice and support.


How to start studying

Once you’ve chosen your course you need to: