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Course Overview


The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education. All of the units within the qualification are mandatory: Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments, but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the last unit.

The Foundation Certificate is where you’ll develop your skills in finance administration: double-entry bookkeeping, purchase, sales and general ledgers,basic costing and using accounting software.

The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification: A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification.

This qualification has 5 units to complete:

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

Important information about all costs involved in completing an AAT qualification

When you purchase an AAT course you will also need to pay for:

  • Each exam will cost approximately £100.  This includes the AAT exam fee and the centre fee for using their facilities to sit the exam. There is one exam per each unit plus the Synoptic.
  •  You will also need be a member of the AAT which will cost between £90 for a renewal or a new membership fee of £140 paid direct to the AAT.

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Course Details

  • The Level 2 AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for 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. You can also book your final exam directly with BBE here.

  • Fully digital and interactive online learning resources with tutor support delivered on a bespoke purpose built learning platform. Your dedicated tutor will set you a mock assessment at the end of each unit studied online and give you specific feedback to help you develop and be fully prepared for the real exam.

  • Individuals who are currently working within an accounting environment and looking to cement their experience with a nationally recognised qualification. After completing the Level 2 many students continue their journey with us to study the advanced Diploma Level 3.

  • To complete the Certificate, you will be required to complete five separate exams which take up to two hours to complete. Exam centres can be located using the AAT web site. AAT Membership is also required at a cost of £138 which is arranged directly with the AAT.

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

  • There are no specific entry requirements and learners do not need to have teaching practice hours to achieve the qualification. However, learners must be at least 19 years of age at certification.

Your Questions

  • With BBE it couldn’t be easier!

    Step 1.
    Select the course you would like to enrol on and pay online via our online secure payment system.

    Step 2.
    You will then receive an email containing a registration link and password

    Step 3.
    Using that login, complete and return the registration paperwork along with your proof of ID and send it through to studentsupport@bbetraining.co.uk

    Step 4.
    Within 72 hours you will then receive another email containing your login details to our e-learning platform Moodle, all your tutor details and BBE learner support information.

    Step 5.
    Your tutor will then arrange your full induction to discuss your support needs and course study details.

    You’re now on your way to completing your next qualification!

  • All our online courses come with the offer of a payment plan if the value is over £199. With an initial deposit of only £99, why not take advantage of our interest-free payment today? You will find the payment plan breakdown for each individual course on the course page itself. Our public or open courses are required to be paid upfront.

  • • 121 Tutor support for all online courses
    • Access to fully interactive online digital resources (including CMI’s management Direct)
    • Flexible course start dates to suit you
    • Learning and development that fits in with your lifestyle and work commitments
    • Interest free payment plans are available for all courses
    • Nationally accredited, locally delivered.
    • Excellent awarding body audit reports

    For more information about why to study with BBE and our background click here.

  • That all depends on what route you decide to take. Our clients that join our public courses or dedicated blended programs will gain their qualification at the end of the course. With online distance learning it depends on the qualification being undertaken. Please click here for a guide of how long each of our courses should take.

  • The BBE Training E-Learning portal is a web-based learning platform that we have invested in to give our learners the best possible experience. Fully customised for BBE, it's based on the award-winning Moodle software.

    Learners can complete and upload or download and complete offline before uploading to their login area. All work is marked and assessed from within the learning platform with allowing tutors and learners to automatically notify each other when a process has been completed. It stores all communication centrally and is the system that allows learners to be able to work on any device by downloading the App.

What our customers say…

I really enjoyed the course, and think it will be a great help in my role as an in-house trainer, thanks to you and all the team at BBE for the great support!

- Stacey

The induction I felt was very valuable as my tutor gave some excellent insights as to what to expect throughout the course.

She guided me step by step through each Unit giving through explanations and examples. Which was very useful!

I feel her guidance and support will help me to achieve my qualification. I will look forward to working with my tutor whilst I complete my qualification. She has a lot of knowledge and experience, I certainly can learn a lot from her.

It was a pleasure to meet her.

- Kirstie

Who are the awarding body?

AAT is the world’s leading professional body for accounting professionals AAT work across the globe with around 130,000 members in more than 100 countries across 580 training providers like BBE. Their members are represented at every level of the finance and accounting world. All AAT qualifications are part of the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) and they award around 80% of all vocational qualifications in accounting. An AAT qualification is a route to some of the most in-demand skills in the world and provides you with a professional status you can be proud of

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