AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (Introductory)

Our Introductory Certificate in Accounting will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles by giving you a solid foundation in finance administration – covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. To further develop your skills you can go on to study the Intermediate and Advanced courses and achieve the AAT Accounting Qualification.

Confidently process a wide range of daily business transactions in a manual bookkeeping system and demonstrate to employers you have had essential computerised accounts training. The AAT level 2 course develops a solid and complete understanding of the double-entry manual bookkeeping system which forms the foundations of all computerised processes around the world.

Entry Requirements:

Unlike other qualifications there are no entry requirements with AAT and you don’t need relevant work experience. This means that our qualifications are ideal if you’re leaving school or college, returning to work or thinking of changing career.

However, do check with your training provider as they may have their own entry requirements.

Useful strengths

  • Confidence with numbers
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving

Course basics

Total credits34
Guided Learning Hours210
Assessment methodsComputer based assessments (CBAs)

Study at the right level for you

If you’re unsure which qualification level to study our helpful advisors can advise you. Call us on 2227 4470 – our lines are open Monday to Friday 08.30-17.00.

Once you begin your studies it is easy to switch to a different level if you are finding the course too hard or too easy.

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What you will learn

  • Manual bookkeeping
  • Computerised bookkeeping (using Sage)
  • Sales and purchase transactions
  • Control accounts & reconciliation
  • Cash and petty cashbook
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Journals & suspense account
  • Basic payroll
  • Introduction to VAT
  • Extracting a trial balance
  • Basic costing techniques
  • Working effectively in an accounting environment (basic office skills)


How long will it take me?

It will take you between 6 and 12 months, depending on your method of study.


What sort of job could I expect after completing this level

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Officer
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Tax Assistant/Trainee
  • Trainee Accounts Technician


Will the qualification lead to further learning?

This qualification offers an alternative entry route to the AAT Accounting qualification at Level 3.

Completion of AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting gives a student 160 UCAS points. In addition more than 30 UK universities and higher education institutes offer exemptions to AAT qualified students enrolling on accounting and finance-related degrees.

At Level 2 AAT also offer a higher qualification which is the AAT Level 2 Diploma in Accounting and Business, which builds upon the certificate size qualification by including business and payroll units thereby allowing the student to pursue careers in finance and general business.

Furthermore, this can be the first step towards becoming an ACA Chartered Acountant.


How will I be assessed?

AAT assessments are:

  • Practical computer based assessments (CBAs)
  • Designed to reflect real-life tasks
  • Flexible – you can sit them anytime of the year

Depending on the assessment, you may get your provisional results straight away


What if I have exemptions?

If you have already gained a relevant qualification you may be eligible for an exemption from some AAT assessments. This means you can fast track to study at the right level for you.