Level 2 Foundation Certificate Accounting (AAT)
- Start date(s):
- 18 Sep 2017
- 1 year
- Level 2
- Course Code:
- Study Mode:
- Part Time
- Attendance Type:
- Attendance Pattern:
- Daytime, Evening
- Awarded by:
- AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)
- Framwellgate Moor Campus
- Course costs:
This course is designed to provide you with a range of skills and knowledge of basic accounting principles and techniques, from costing and double entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting.
It is ideal for those who are new to finance or for those wanting a career change.
You will attend college for one afternoon or one evening per week where a tutor will provide guided learning, and support you in class. Professional accounting text books are recommended to complement your study.
You will have five computer-based examinations to take which are spread throughout the academic year. These are set and marked by AAT, with the exception of one examination, which is assessed by your tutor.
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This intermediate course will prepare you for further study or a career in the finance sector. Accountants balance books and manage tax preparations as well as many other financial related tasks.
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.
- Bookkeeping Transactions - This unit introduces students to the double-entry bookkeeping system and the associated documents and processes. Students will reach the stage of extracting an initial trial balance before any adjustments are made.
- Bookkeeping Controls - This unit is about control accounts, journals and methods of payment. It takes students through reconciliation processes and the use of the journal to the stage of redrafting the trial balance, following initial adjustments.
- Elements of Costing - Students will understand the importance of the costing system as a source of information for internal management decision making.
- Working Effectively in Finance - This unit will help students to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed in the workplace. While this unit is set in the context of the finance function, these skills are transferable to many other working environment.
- Using Accounting Software - This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks using accounting software. In the modern business environment, processing data and information into accounting software is a necessary task in most finance roles. This unit teaches students the practical steps for processing accounting information electronically and will allow students to reinforce their understanding of the sequence in which bookkeeping tasks are carried out.
Average number of hours per week
Either 1.00pm - 4.30pm or 5.30pm - 9.00pm (subject to demand)
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.
Teaching & assessment
This course includes lectures, seminars and exam practice. Each of the AAT units are assessed through external exams. The assessments are set and marked by AAT (with the exception of RPL, which is marked by the training provider). They are computer based, and each exam has a specific time limit. The exams must be taken at an approved centre or venue under controlled conditions. It is possible to schedule the exams at a time which suits the student and training provider. Students will be provided with an overall grade for the qualification (Pass, Merit, or Distinction).
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.
The AAT website provides some good resources and practice assessments which can be used to help you during the course. Visit www.AAT.org.uk
You could progress to AAT Level 3 Diploma Accounting at New College Durham.
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No funding is available as this is a Full Cost Course.
Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.
You will be required to pay £129.00 as part of your AAT membership. We recommend you purchase the text books (although not mandatory) at a cost of £66.00.
Interviews are usually carried out over the telephone at a pre-arranged time. However, these can be face-to-face should you wish to come into the college. We will ask you about your current role, qualifications and experience to ensure that this programme is right for you. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes and it is quite informal.
There are no formal entry requirements. However, it is important that you have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills before you start the qualification. Competence in accounting depends upon an ability to deal with figures and communicate effectively.