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 £150-£800

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees


Paid to AAT. This payment will give you access to the qualification and the ability to sit the assessments for a maximum of 12 months or until you complete the qualification, whichever comes first. In addition, you’ll have access to study support resources for the duration of your relationship with AAT.


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.


Order your free AAT course prospectus

Find a training provider

How AAT qualifications work

Exemptions for AAT qualifications

Different ways to study

How you'll be assessed

Study support and resources