You’re looking to take your first steps on the path to becoming an accountant. So where do you begin? The Foundation Certificate in Accounting is the longer, more in-depth entry course that AAT offers. For those interested in a shorter course, or if you want to start at the very beginning of accountancy, there is the AAT Introductory Award – AAT Access Course (Level 1).
For those happy to commit to a long-term qualification, the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) is a great place to start. The qualification is awarded by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT); for more info on AAT, check out our What is AAT article.
What level of knowledge do I need to study the Foundation Certificate in Accounting?
AAT Level 2 is deceptively named. Many applicants start with little to no experience of accounting and many have not completed the AAT Access Course (Level 1) before they start Level 2. If you’re worried about not meeting the level required, AAT have created a handy online skill check app to help guide you to the right course.
Essentially, if you’re committed to continuing up through the AAT Levels, this is the perfect place to start. AAT recommends the course as an introduction for school leavers and workers looking to retrain.
What will I learn?
The full course specification can be found on our AAT Level 2 guide. However, you can expect to cover the following topics:
- Process payments and receipts
- Prepare invoices
- Complete bank reconciliations
- Begin using various accounting softwares
- Communicate effectively in a modern business environment
How long will the course take?
A typical Level 2 course takes around a year to complete, however, it can be completed in as little as six months.
How much does the course cost?
The cost of the Foundation Certificate in Accounting ranges from £600 to £2,000. Each registered AAT course provider will also either include or exclude various supplementary costs, such as textbooks, examination fees and student memberships.
After I graduate?
The great thing about AAT is that you have choice once you graduate. If you want to go directly into the workforce, there are many positions open for Level 2 graduates. If you wish to continue up the qualifications ladder, a Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) is the next logical step. Find out more about the Level 3 qualification on our dedicated AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting page.
If you think the Foundation Certificate in Accounting might be for you, contact Aspiring Accountants today to find your closest AAT approved provider.