AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

Duration: 105 hours

Study method: Online

Price: £345 (was £545) — Interest-free payment plans

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Qualification Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping Accredited by AAT

Overview

Our AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is a short online course which’ll give you essential bookkeeping skills, including double-entry bookkeeping and Trial Balance standard.

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications, so it’s perfect if you’re in or seeking an entry-level bookkeeping role. It’ll also suit you if you’re just starting out on your accountancy career, or if you want to bring practical bookkeeping knowledge to your current position.

The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and sought-after by employers.

It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. You can get started right away with a small deposit, and pay the rest with an interest-free payment plan.

Plus, you’ll be supported throughout your studies by your professional AAT tutor, live online classrooms and our excellent student support team.

That’s why our AAT Foundation level pass rate is a brilliant 97%.

*Based on 1,008 exam sittings and 979 passes by ICS Learn AAT Foundation (Level 2) (AQ2013) students between July 2015 and June 2016.

Affordable and flexible

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Entry requirements

You don't need any prior qualifications to enrol on the AAT Foundation Bookkeeping course, so it's perfect if you have no or minimal accounting experience. It'll qualify you for a number of bookkeeping and accountancy jobs and provide progression to AAT study at higher levels.

You should have reasonable numeracy and communication skills and an interest in business and finance.

You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.

Assessment Criteria

You'll sit two computer-based assessments, one for each unit, in an AAT exam centre. You can find an AAT centre near you using the assessment venue search tool here.

They'll be automatically marked by the system, and you'll either pass or fail.

You'll complete practice tests for each unit which you'll have to pass before you sit the real thing. The practice tests won't count towards your final qualification - they're there to make sure you're well-prepared and aware of any areas that you need to work on.

AAT's assessment and exam centre fees aren't included in the course price. For more info, see 'Additional Fees'.

Course syllabus

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (AQ2016 Syllabus) sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 160 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.

To achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you need to complete two 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

What will I get?

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor and student support team, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field.

The Student Community will give you access to a huge range of helpful resources:

  • Live tutor-led online classrooms
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Progress checks
  • Online activities
  • Peer discussions
  • E-books
  • Personal journal
  • AAT resources

We'll also give you:

Kaplan textbooks in both print and ebook form
You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.

Our optional live tutor-led online classrooms allow you to talk the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. The majority are scheduled during lunchtimes, evenings and weekends so they're as easy as possible to fit around work. They're also recorded so if you can't make it, you can watch them back and re-watch them as many times as you need.

Unlimited Support
Whenever you need help, there'll be a real person on hand.

You'll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with. All your work will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Plus, our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Your AAT tutor and support team will give you all the help you need, any time you ask. Because our courses allow you to work at your own pace, we won't chase you about deadlines or keeping up with your coursework. However, if you feel like you're falling behind at any time, just contact us and let us know - we'll do everything we can to help you get back on track.

Additional Fees

The following fees will also apply:

  • AAT Registration Fee
  • AAT Exam Fees
  • Exam Centre Fees (vary depending on centre)
  • To find out more, speak to one of our course advisors.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Please note that the AAT Student admission fee, annual AAT student membership fee, AAT exam fees and AAT exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price listed. Please contact us for the latest AAT fee information.

Further Education

After completing the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you could continue your AAT study with:

  • AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  • AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Exam Centre Fees (vary depending on centre)
  • AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

Assessment Criteria

You'll sit two computer-based assessments, one for each unit, in an AAT exam centre. You can find an AAT centre near you using the assessment venue search tool here.

They'll be automatically marked by the system, and you'll either pass or fail.

You'll complete practice tests for each unit which you'll have to pass before you sit the real thing. The practice tests won't count towards your final qualification - they're there to make sure you're well-prepared and aware of any areas that you need to work on.

AAT's assessment and exam centre fees aren't included in the course price. For more info, see 'Additional Fees'.

Enhance your career

People who do this course go on to do the following roles:

Accountant

£25,000 - £45,000+ per year

Bookkeeper

£20,000 - £35,000+ per year

Accountant Assistant

£20,000 - £30,000+ per year

Who runs this course

Who we are

ICS Learn is the world's most experienced distance learning organisation. We have been a pioneer in teaching skills and qualifications at a distance for over 128 years, giving you the opportunity to learn while earning and to fulfil your ambitions.

Our aim

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible, allowing you to get the skills, training and qualifications you want, in a way that lets you decide when, where and how you learn. Whatever your objectives are, we are here to help, support and guide you through your journey.

We offer a wide range of courses for people with different needs, interests and ambitions. So whether you're looking to prepare for university, advance your career, change your career, fulfil a passion or learn something completely new, we will help you get where you want to be.

We work with a large number of professional bodies to provide qualifications that are respected and widely recognised, so what you learn with us matters when it comes to finding a job, improving your skills or getting a qualification. In fact, our qualifications are accredited by awarding bodies and higher education institutions, including CIPD, AAT, ILM and CIPS - to name only a few.

We offer flexible payment options on the majority of our courses that help you spread the cost of your course.

Our students

We believe online learning is the best way to fit your studies around your life; you can study from home, from work or from anywhere you want. Our students come from all over the world - although the majority of our students are based in the UK, there are no borders when it comes to learning with us.

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