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AAT Accounting Level 2 Foundation Certificate

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Course code



Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date





Sep 2021
1 year

- Fees subject to change
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New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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This course is for anyone who wishes to gain their first professional accounting qualification. The AAT Accounting Qualification will start you on the path to a successful accounting and finance career.

This course is for school leavers or for anybody currently working in accounts who does not hold an accounting qualification yet, or for anyone else wishing to change career into an accounting role.

This is a daytime course.

What I'll learn

You will learn about the basic principles of bookkeeping, costing methods, communications and computerised accounting using Sage software.

You will gain your first professional AAT qualification. On successful completion, you can then progress on to the AAT Accounting Level 3 Advanced Diploma.

There are three levels to the AAT Accounting Qualification. You will spend about a year on each level, so if you start at Level 2, it will take you three years to become fully qualified. If you have previous experience, you could have certain exemptions, and qualify in two years or less.


How I'll learn

Depending on the level you study you will be learning in a classroom environment over one or two evenings a week. You are also expected to practice your learned skills at home or in your place of work.

You should spend three hours a week studying outside of class, for each learning and assessment area. Your study time will need to increase before assessments when you’re revising.

Don’t forget to use all the study and membership support that is also offered by AAT as well as from the course tutors.

Whole class and groupwork activities will take place but the majority of your learning will be ‘standalone’.

The course fee includes tuition and exam fees but you will have to purchase books from Kaplan which cost £113. You will also need to pay membership fees to the AAT.


How I'll be assessed

Final assessment is by examination only. There is no coursework to complete, but you will be assessed in class periodically to establish understanding and learning.


We'd like to thank all the employers who provide invaluable work placements for students on these courses

  • Sainsburys
  • Longwick C of E Combined School
  • Barclays
  • JD Sports
  • Reading College
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Asda
  • New Age Electrical Ltd
  • Wasabi Oxford
  • Woodstock Boarding Cattery
  • Zheng Restaurant
  • M&S
  • Oxford City Council
  • Sainsburys
  • Longwick C of E Combined School
  • Barclays
  • JD Sports
  • Reading College
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Asda
  • New Age Electrical Ltd
  • Wasabi Oxford
  • Woodstock Boarding Cattery
  • Zheng Restaurant
  • M&S
  • Oxford City Council
  • Soul Scape
  • Helen and Douglas House
  • Mortimer Burnett Accountants
  • Specsavers Bracknell
  • PPK Accountants Limited
  • Solutions 4 Business

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or above including English and Maths (English and Maths should be a grade 4 or above) or a Level 1 AAT qualification.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

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  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.