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Course Overview


The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks in two mandatory units (105 guided learning hours). The qualification is composed of two mandatory units, assessed in two end-of-unit assessments:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls

A student completing this qualification will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes. Students will be able to check transactions for accuracy, make entries in appropriate books and ledgers, and calculate sales invoices and credit notes. They will also cover more complex Foundation level bookkeeping procedures, including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances, and will develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records. It is good practice for students to work with employers while studying. This could include work experience or placements, working on projects or exercises set or supervised by those working in the industry, or by attending master classes or guest lectures by people working in accounting.

This course has 2 units.

Bookkeeping transactions

  • Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
  • Process customer transactions
  • Process supplier transactions
  • Process receipts and payments
  • Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance

Bookkeeping controls

  • Understand payment methods
  • Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Use control accounts
  • Use the journal
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

The GLH for a qualification are an estimate of the amount of time a student spends learning under the supervision of a teacher or tutor. This might include lectures, tutorials or supervised study. Learning that involves the teacher or tutor and makes use of ‘simultaneous electronic communication’ methods such as telephone conversations or remote invigilation is also included, as well as time spent by tutors, teachers or external experts assessing student performance. It does not include time that students spend on unsupervised preparation or study. The GLH are set and recommended as appropriate by AAT, but some learners may need more or less support to achieve the qualification. The GLH value is not a compulsory measure for all learners. Training providers have the flexibility to offer the qualification in the hours required by their own students, within the constraints of any funded provision requirements.

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Course Details

  • 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. 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.

  • This qualification is suitable for those already working in finance, those returning to work after a break or those wishing to change career. The qualification is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. It also offers progression for students who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with
    AAT.

  • A student completing this qualification will develop the underpinning skills required in all accountancy and finance roles. They will use bookkeeping skills to confidently perform accounting transactions and understand how to process financial information in accordance with set procedures and schedules. The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to further study in bookkeeping or accountancy.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
    • Process customer transactions
    • Process supplier transactions
    • Process receipts and payments
    • Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance

  • There are no entry Level requirements and the minimum age for this qualification is 16. If you are unsure of which course is right for you. Have look at the AAT Skillcheck. Here you will be able to compete a short online test to help you decide. After the test, it will recommend a suitable level for you to start with. You can then discuss this with one of our course advisor’s before signing up.

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    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

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    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.

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    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!

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    • Nationally accredited, locally delivered.
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  • 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.

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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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