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AAT

Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping 600/9521/0
Level

Intermediate

Qualification

AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

Purpose

This practical qualification will develop your understanding of bookkeeping principles to advance your career in finance. In particular, this qualification covers how to execute the principles of double entry bookkeeping and how to work with journals, control accounts and a trial balance and leads to the Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics qualification (QAN: 601/2664/4)

Studying for this qualification will increase your employability, confidence and career prospects. It also gives you the underpinning knowledge and skills to progress further in your studies in accountancy. Processing transactions in a double entry system and using control accounts and journals underpins the accounts preparation and final accounts studied in the Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping. This qualification may be studied alone, or as the natural mid-point between the introductory and advanced bookkeeping qualifications.

This qualification leads to the Level 3 Certificate in Computerised Accounting (QAN: 601/2662/0) by providing underpinning bookkeeping knowledge required to effectively operate a computerised accounts system.

Organisations that support this qualification

The following organisations have kindly agreed to support this qualification:

  • 3AAA
  • Accountancy Learning
  • Barnet and Southgate College
  • Buckinghamshire Adult Learning
  • Cambridge Regional College
  • City of Bath College
  • Gold Edge Training
  • McArthur Morgan
  • South Worcestershire College
  • Telford College of Arts and Technology
  • YH Training

Who it's for

The intermediate level will suit you if:

  • You’ve completed the introductory bookkeeping level and want to build on your skills
  • You’re already working in finance and you want an industry-recognised qualification
  • You’d like to work in bookkeeping with a large finance department or as an independent professional
  • You run your own business and you’d prefer to do your own bookkeeping

How long you'll study

This qualification will take approximately 12 weeks to complete. You can study full-time, part-time, day release or via distance learning through an AAT Approved training provider

How much it'll cost

Depending on how and where you study, costs break down into training provider fees and AAT fees. Financial support may be available to help cover some of these costs.

What you’ll learn

The intermediate level consists of two units:

1. Processing bookkeeping transactions

2. Control accounts, journals and the banking system

Benefits of studying this qualification

  • Specialised transferable and recognisable career-boosting skills
  • Expertise to start a healthy business and become a professional bookkeeper
  • Clear progression to your choice of great careers
  • Industry-recognised qualification
  • Flexible computer-based assessments
  • Stepping stone to further studies in Bookkeeping, Computerised Accounting and the AAT Accounting Qualification

Follow these simple steps to get started:

1. Choose a training provider

Read how to choose the right training provider for you.

Use our search tool to find an AAT approved training provider.

Contact the training provider to discuss your chosen qualification and confirm your level of entry.

2. Enrol

Enrol with the training provider and pay the fees. Each training provider will provide you with details of their registration process and fees. Read more about qualifications fees here.

3. Register with us

Once you have enrolled you need to register with us as a student. This is essential so that you can sit AAT assessments and access study resources.

What next?

After successfully completing intermediate bookkeeping you can study:

  • Advanced - Certificate in Bookkeeping and Ethics
  • Intermediate - Award in Computerised Accounting
  • Intermediate - Diploma in Accounting

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will take around six months to complete.

What you'll learn

Aimed at experienced bookkeepers, this qualification covers areas such as double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, intermediate spreadsheets and software use.

For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AAT Bookkeeper status (AATQB).

Syllabus

  • Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Final Accounts Preparation
  • Indirect Tax
  • You run your own business and you’d prefer to do your own bookkeeping

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as:

  • Professional Bookkeeper
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Manager
  • Ledger Manager
Cost
Training provider fees £150-£800

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees £40

Paid to AAT.

Funding

Contact us for the funding options available.

Details
Level

Level 3 A Level/AS Level (grades A-E)

Total credits 28
Guided learning hours 210

What next?

The bookkeeping skills developed by studying this qualification will enable you to seek employment with confidence, and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will take around six weeks to complete.

What you'll learn

With this qualification you can build on your knowledge of accounting software packages. You'll learn practical skills, from using accounting software, entering accounting transactions and producing a range of reports.

For full details on what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

Most students will start at Foundation level.

Syllabus

  • Set up accounting software
  • Process sales and purchase transactions
  • Perform bank and cash transactions
  • Perform period end routine tasks
  • Produce reports

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Foundation Award in Accounting Software can lead to employment as:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator
Cost
Training provider fees £150-£800

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees £40

Paid to AAT. This covers a 12-month study period in which you can apply to study any of the AAT Bookkeeping Qualifications.

Funding

Contact us for the funding options available.

Details
Level

Level 2 GCSE (grades A*-C)

Total credits 6
Guided learning hours 45

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will usually take around one year to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as six months.

What you'll learn

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

You will learn finance, accountancy, business and communications skills. For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

Most students will start with this qualification. Find out if you should start here by taking the AAT Skillcheck test.

Syllabus

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Trainee finance assistant
Cost
Training provider fees £600-£2000

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees £131 for UK students (£121 for International students)

Paid to AAT. The fees cover:

  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee

Funding

Contact us for the funding options available.

Details
Level

Level 2 (Level 5 Scotland) GCSE (grades A*-C) Key Stage 5 Technical Certificate

Total credits 34
Guided learning hours 240

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will usually take around 1 year to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as 6 months.

What you'll learn

In this qualification you will master more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, Advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants.

For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

If you are considering going on to study at university, this qualification will also attract UCAS points. Based on size, grade and equivalence to the Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting (QCF), we expect that this qualification will attract 56 UCAS points. An updated tariff should be published in Summer 2017.

More information on the current tariff for applications to HE from September 2017 can be found on the UCAS website. Achieve professional AAT Bookkeeper status

If you successfully complete this qualification, you can apply for AAT associate bookkeeping membership and achieve professional AATQB status.

Syllabus

  • Accounts preparation
  • Prepare accounts for sole traders and partnerships
  • Costs and revenues
  • Professional ethics
  • Indirect tax
  • Spreadsheets software

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Advanced Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Practice Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant
Cost
Training provider fees £900-£2000

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees £131 for UK students (£121 for International students)

Paid to AAT. The fees cover:

  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee

Funding

Contact us for the funding options available.

Details
Level

Level 3 (Level 6 Scotland) A Level /AS Level (grades A-E) Key Stage 5 Technical Certificate

Total credits 53
Guided learning hours 390

How long will the qualification take?

This qualification will usually take around 18 months to complete, but this will depend on study method and course timetable. It may be possible to complete this qualification in as little as 9 months.

What you'll learn

In this qualification you will cover higher accounting tasks including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance, as well as optional specialist units including business tax, personal tax, external auditing and credit management and cash and treasury management.

For full details of what you’ll learn read the qualification specification.

Achieve professional AAT Accountant status

If you successfully complete this qualification and fulfil our work experience requirements, you can apply for AAT full membership and achieve professional MAAT status.

Syllabus

  • Management Accounting: Budgeting
  • Management Accounting: Decision and Control
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Accounting Systems and Controls
  • Optional units - select two of the following:
    • Business tax
    • Personal tax
    • External auditing
    • Cash and Treasury Management
    • Credit Management

For a closer look at the syllabus read the AAT course prospectus.

What jobs can you do with this qualification?

AAT Qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. Find out more about where AAT can take you in your career.

The Professional Diploma in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant
Cost
Training provider fees £1000-£3000

Paid to training provider. These fees vary widely depending on:

  • Classroom-based or distance learning
  • Amount of study materials and support provided
Assessment fees £70-£80 per assessment

Paid to your training provider or AAT Approved assessment venue. These fees will vary depending on the training provider or assessment venue. Check whether these are included in your overall training provider fees.

AAT fees £131 for UK students (£121 for International students)

Paid to AAT. The fees cover:

  • AAT admission fee
  • AAT annual membership fee

Funding

Contact us for the funding options available.

Details
Level

Level 4 (Level 8 Scotland) Higher apprenticeship (Technical - Scotland) High education diploma HND and HNC NVQ 4/5

Total credits 56
Guided learning hours 420