Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will take around 12 weeks to complete.

What you'll learn

This qualification delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.

For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification

Most students will start at Foundation level. This qualification can be used as a fast track to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. 


  • Bookkeeping transactions
  • Bookkeeping controls

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 Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator


Training provider fees


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:

  • a registration fee of £49, and
  • two assessment fees of £47 each.

This gives a total of £143.

Your registration fee is paid directly to AAT and will give you access to:

  • the qualification and the assessment for 12 months
  • study support resources for the duration of your registration.

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

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

Download a list of all fees in PDF.


Check the funding options available.


Level  Level 2
GCSE (grades A*-C)
Total credits 16
Guided learning hours 105

What next?

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


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