AAT Level 2 Diploma in Accounting and Business (Introductory)

If you’re aged 16 to 20 our Introductory Diploma in Accounting and Business will give you an all-round foundation in accountancy and business skills, so you can move seamlessly into the workplace or further study. By introducing you to a range of financial practices and terminology, and teaching you how to apply ethics and professionalism within an accounting environment, we’ll make sure you have the skills employers are looking for.

Level 2 Diploma in Accounting and Business is the introductory level of the AAT Accounting Qualification. This qualification offers technical training in accounting and provides specialist knowledge and skills to gain employment in an accounting role and/or the opportunity to progress to further qualification in accountancy or a related field.

At this intermediate level, you’ll master more complex financial processes, including final accounts for sole traders and partnerships, reports and returns and professional ethics.

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 credits 55
Guided Learning Hours 315
Assessment methods Computer 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

  • Processing bookkeeping transactions
  • Control accounts, journals and the banking system
  • Basic Costing
  • Work effectively in accounting and finance
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Applied business communications and personal skills
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Developing Study Skills
  • Introduction to payroll systems
  • Computerised payroll skills


How long will it take me?

It will take you between 9 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 smaller qualification which is the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting; this provides an alternative for those students who wish to pursue a pure bookkeeping and or Accounting pathway. The larger AAT Level 2 Diploma in Accounting and Business 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.