Our AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software is a bite-sized qualification which will give you essential practical skills in using accounting software.
It has no entry requirements, and is designed to give you real-world knowledge that you can put to use from day one. It's also a stepping stone to the full AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, the first step to a successful career in accounting and finance.
The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and sought-after by employers.
It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. You can get started right away with a small deposit, and pay the rest with an interest-free payment plan.
Plus, you’ll be supported throughout your studies by your professional AAT tutor, live online classrooms and our excellent student support team.
That’s why our AAT Foundation level pass rate is a brilliant 97%.
*Based on 1,008 exam sittings and 979 passes by ICS Learn AAT Foundation (Level 2) (AQ2013) students between July 2015 and June 2016.
As part of the AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software, you'll learn the following skills:
The course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 60 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.
It sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system.
This course is perfect for you if you want to learn how to use accounting software packages, or to gain formal recognition for skills you already use at work.
You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol, but you should have reasonable numeracy and communication skills and an interest in how business works.
You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.
Please note that if you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT may not accept you as a member. This means you won't be able to sit your exams. If you're unsure, please contact AAT directly for advice.
Not sure which course is right for you? Complete the AAT Skillcheck. It's a short online test with a series of multiple-choice questions that takes 30 minutes to complete, and it'll suggest the level that would suit you best.
If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before
The AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software will give you the necessary skills to work in entry-level accounting roles, such as:
You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.
Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.
Please note that the AAT Student admission fee, annual AAT student membership fee, AAT exam fees and AAT exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price listed. Please contact us for the latest AAT fee information.
Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor and student support team, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field.
The Student Community will give you access to a huge range of helpful resources:
We'll also give you:
You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.
In addition to working through your course materials, you'll be able to join optional live tutor-led online classrooms where you can talk to the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. The majority are scheduled during lunchtimes, evenings and weekends so they're as easy as possible to fit around work.
Whenever you need help, there'll be a real person on hand.
You'll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with. All your work will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.
Plus, our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.
Your AAT tutor and support team will give you all the help you need, any time you ask. Because our courses allow you to work at your own pace, we won't chase you about deadlines or keeping up with your coursework. However, if you feel like you're falling behind at any time, just contact us and let us know - we'll do everything we can to help you get back on track.
You'll sit a computer-based assessment at an exam centre. You can find an AAT centre near you using the search tool here.
Your tutor will set you a mock assessment first to ensure you're fully prepared for the real thing. Once you've passed with at least 70%, you'll be able to book your exam as an external candidate.
Please note that AAT's assessment fees and exam centre administration fees aren't included in the course price.
In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:
Our course advisors can fill you in on the latest AAT fee information, and advise you on how to pay them. Exam centre fees will vary depending on the centre you choose.
A year's AAT student membership can be included on your payment plan. Please note that AAT requires you to activate your membership within four weeks of enrolment.