AAT Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma

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Our combined AAT Foundation Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Accounting course allows you to study the first two AAT qualification levels in one convenient, affordable package.

You don't need any experience or qualifications to enrol on this online course, making it perfect if you're just starting out on your accountancy career. Once you've completed the course, you'll be qualified for mid-level accounting jobs and be able to move on to the highest level of AAT study, the Professional Diploma.

The AAT Foundation Certificate will give you a solid grasp of essential accounting skills and principles. You'll understand the basics of manual and computerised accounting and how to use these techniques in a 'real world' setting.

During the AAT Advanced Diploma, you'll master more complex financial processes, including VAT for businesses, management accounting costing techniques, advanced spreadsheet skills, and preparing final accounts. You'll also learn about professional ethics.

Studying from home allows you to fit your studies around your work, family and social commitments. You'll get the same education online as you would in a traditional classroom - the course is accredited by AAT, the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and highly valued by employers.

You'll be supported throughout by your expert AAT tutor, and you can pay with a flexible interest-free payment plan. 

Our AAT pass rate is an incredible 96%.


In total, these two AAT qualifications are worth 87 UCAS credits. They have a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 860 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. 

The first half of the course, the Foundation Certificate, sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system. The final qualification you'll receive, the Advanced Diploma, sits at Level 3, or Level 6 in the Scottish system.

The first part of this combined qualification, the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus), consists of five separate units. They are:

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

Elements of costing

  1. Understand the cost recording system within an organisation
  2. Use cost recording techniques
  3. Provide information on actual and budgeted costs and income

Using accounting software

  1. Set up accounting software
  2. Process sales and purchases transactions
  3. Process bank and cash transactions
  4. Perform period end routine tasks
  5. Produce reports

Work effectively in finance

  1. Understand the finance function within an organisation
  2. Use personal skills development in finance
  3. Produce work effectively
  4. Understand corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations

The second part of this combined qualification, the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus), consists of six separate units. They are:

Advanced Bookkeeping

  1. Apply the principles of advanced double-entry bookkeeping
  2. Implement procedures for the acquisition and disposal of non-current assets
  3. Prepare and record depreciation calculations
  4. Record period end adjustments
  5. Produce and extend the trial balance

Final Accounts Preparation

  1. Distinguish between the financial recording and reporting requirements of different types of organisation
  2. Explain the need for final accounts and the accounting and ethical principles underlying their preparation
  3. Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  4. Produce accounts for sole traders
  5. Produce accounts for partnerships
  6. Recognise the key differences between preparing accounts for a limited company and a sole trader

Management Accounting: Costing

  1. Understand the purpose and use of management accounting within an organisation
  2. Apply techniques required for dealing with costs
  3. Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
  4. Analyse and review deviations from budget and report these to management
  5. Apply management accounting techniques to support decision making

Indirect Tax

  1. Understand and apply VAT legislation requirements
  2. Accurately complete VAT returns and submit them in a timely manner
  3. Understand the implications for the business of errors, omissions and late filing and payment
  4. Report VAT-related information within the organisation in accordance with regulatory and organisational requirements

Ethics for Accountants

  1. Understand the need to act ethically
  2. Understand the relevance to the accountant’s work of the ethical code for professional accountants
  3. Recognise how to act ethically in an accounting role
  4. Identify action to take in relation to unethical behaviour or illegal acts

Spreadsheets for Accounting

  1. Design and structure appropriate spreadsheets to meet customer needs
  2. Use spreadsheet software to record, format and organise data
  3. Use relevant tools to manipulate and analyse data
  4. Use software tools to verify accuracy and protect data
  5. Use tools and techniques to prepare and report accounting information

This course is perfect for you if you're just starting out on your accountancy career and want to progress quickly to important accounting roles. It allows you to complete both the Foundation and Advanced levels of the qualification affordably, without having to enrol again. 

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications, but you should be comfortable with numbers and have excellent attention to detail. 

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.

Once you've completed the first half of the combined course, the Foundation Certificate, you'll be qualified for roles such as:

  1. Accounts administrator
  2. Accounts assistant
  3. Accounts payable clerk
  4. Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  5. Trainee accounting technician
  6. Trainee finance assistant

Once you've completed the full combined course, you'll be qualified at Advanced Diploma level, and be able to hold well-paying positions such as:

  1. Accounts Assistant
  2. Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  3. Accounts Payable Clerk
  4. Assistant Accountant
  5. Audit Trainee
  6. Professional Bookkeeper
  7. Corporate Recovery Analyst
  8. Credit Controller
  9. Finance Officer
  10. Indirect Tax Manager
  11. Insolvency Executive
  12. Payroll Supervisor
  13. Finance Assistant
  14. Senior Bookkeeper
  15. Tax Assistant

If you continue your AAT Accounting training to the next and final level, the Professional Diploma, you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician able to take on senior accounting roles. You could also start your own accounting practice, or study on a fast-track route to become a Chartered Accountant.

After completing the combined course, you'll be ready to take on the most advanced AAT Accounting qualification, the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

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. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Online Activities
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. AAT Resources

We'll also give you:

  1. Online access to Sage One software
  2. Kaplan textbooks in both print and ebook form

You'll be able to access your ebooks, plus other Kaplan resources, through the MyKaplan website.

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.

Your AAT assessments will be computer-based and you'll sit them at an AAT-approved exam centre. They're designed to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding you've developed through the course.

There are two types of assessment:

  1. Unit assessments test what you've learned in one specific unit. They don't test any knowledge you've gained on other units in the course. 
  2. Synoptic assessments test what you've learned across multiple units. They allow you to demonstrate your new knowledge and skills by applying them to real-world situations.

You must complete all the unit assessments before you sit the synoptic exam.

For this combined course, you'll sit 10 assessments in total. 

    Foundation Certificate

    Five exams will be for the Foundation Certificate. Four will be unit assessments:

    1. Bookkeeping Transactions
    2. Bookkeeping Controls
    3. Elements of Costing
    4. Using Accounting Software

    The fifth exam will be a synoptic assessment. The units that'll be covered in this exam are:

    1. Bookkeeping Transactions
    2. Bookkeeping Controls
    3. Elements of Costing
    4. Work Effectively in Finance

    Advanced Diploma

    You'll sit another five exams for the Advanced Diploma course. Four will be unit assessments:

    1. Advanced Bookkeeping
    2. Final Accounts Preparation
    3. Management Accounting: Costing
    4. Indirect Tax

    You'll then complete a final synoptic exam, which will cover material from all six units you've studied on the Advanced Diploma course. This synoptic exam takes place six times a year, so you might have to book in advance to secure your place.

    Before you sit the real thing, you'll have completed a number of practice tests to ensure you're well-prepared. You'll sit a mock exam at the end of every unit so you know where you're doing well and where you can improve. You'll also complete a sample synoptic assessment that'll be marked and given constructive feedback by your tutor.

    Once you've passed your mock tests with at least 70%, the minimum pass grade, you can arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate. To make your life easier, there'll be a list of exam centres which accept private candidates on the Student Community. If you have any problems booking your exams, we'll be more than happy to help.

    The grades you can achieve are:

    1. Distinction: 90-100%
    2. Merit: 80-89%
    3. Pass: 70-79%

    Please note that AAT's assessment fees and invigilation fees aren't included in the course price.

    In order to sit your exams and receive your qualification, you'll need to pay:

    1. AAT Registration Fees
    2. AAT Annual Student Membership Fees
    3. AAT Exam Fees
    4. Exam Centre Administration Fees

    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.




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