AAT Foundation Certificate inBookkeeping

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  • Guided Learning Hours : 105
  • Support Period : 6 Months

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Our AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is a short online course which’ll give you essential bookkeeping skills, including double-entry bookkeeping and Trial Balance standard.

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications, so it’s perfect if you’re in or seeking an entry-level bookkeeping role. It’ll also suit you if you’re just starting out on your accountancy career, or if you want to bring practical bookkeeping knowledge to your current position.

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.

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.

If you need more comprehensive accounting skills, have a look at our AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, which also covers bookkeeping.

Please note that this course involves in-person exams, and that where the course discusses legislation and policy, this will be based on UK law.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (AQ2016 Syllabus) sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 160 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.

To achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you need to complete two units:

Bookkeeping transactions

  1. Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
  2. Process customer transactions
  3. Process supplier transactions
  4. Process receipts and payments
  5. Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance

Bookkeeping controls

  1. Understand payment methods
  2. Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  3. Use control accounts
  4. Use the journal
  5. Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

You don't need any prior qualifications to enrol on the AAT Foundation Bookkeeping course, so it's perfect if you have no or minimal accounting experience. It'll qualify you for a number of bookkeeping and accountancy jobs and provide progression to AAT study at higher levels.

You should have reasonable numeracy and communication skills and an interest in business and finance. 

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 enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping will prepare you to take on entry-level bookkeeping and accounts roles, such as:

  1. Accounts Administrator
  2. Accounts Clerk
  3. Clerical Assistant
  4. Trainee Bookkeeper
  5. Finance Assistant

After completing the Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you could continue your AAT study with:

  1. AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting
  2. AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  3. AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping

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.

Extensive Resources

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:

  1. Live tutor-led online classrooms
  2. Interactive quizzes
  3. Progress checks
  4. Online activities
  5. Peer discussions
  6. E-books
  7. Personal journal
  8. AAT resources


We'll also give you:

  1. Kaplan textbooks in both print and ebook form

You can access your ebooks through the MyKaplan website.

Our optional live tutor-led online classrooms allow you to talk 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. They're also recorded so if you can't make it, you can watch them back and re-watch them as many times as you need. 

Unlimited Support

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 two computer-based assessments, one for each unit, in an AAT exam centre. You can find an AAT centre near you using the assessment venue search tool here.

They'll be automatically marked by the system, and you'll either pass or fail.

You'll complete practice tests for each unit which you'll have to pass before you sit the real thing. The practice tests won't count towards your final qualification - they're there to make sure you're well-prepared and aware of any areas that you need to work on.

AAT's assessment and exam centre fees aren't included in the course price. For more info, see 'Additional Fees'.


The following fees will also apply:

  1. AAT Registration Fee
  2. AAT Exam Fees
  3. Exam Centre Fees (vary depending on centre)

To find out more, speak to one of our course advisors.