Our AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course is your first step towards a successful accounting and finance career. You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol, making it perfect if you’re just starting out or if you need to bring useful financial knowledge to your current role.
It’s focused on giving you practical, real-world knowledge of accounting and finance that you can put to use from day one.
You'll learn the basic principles of accountancy, including double entry bookkeeping, and gain the skills you need to hold entry-level or accounting support roles. You can also continue your study with the Advanced and Professional Diplomas and become qualified for senior accounting roles.
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 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.
If the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) isn’t right for you, have a look at the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) or the AAT Foundation and Advanced Combined Course (Level 4).
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AQ2016 Syllabus) sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system.
This qualification has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 340 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 course consists of five separate units. They are:
This course is perfect if you're looking to start your accountancy career or have minimal accounting experience. It'll qualify you for a number of accountancy jobs and provide progression to AAT study at higher levels.
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
When you finish the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting you'll be on your way to becoming a fully qualified Accounting Technician.
Jobs you'll be qualified for at this level include:
If you continue your Accounting training with AAT to the highest level, the Professional Diploma in Accounting, you'll be a fully qualified Accounting Technician. You could start your own accounting practice, or study further to become a Chartered Accountant on a fast-track route.
You could hold a variety of well-paid accounting and finance jobs, including:
After completing the Foundation Certificate, you could continue your study with:
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.
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:
You must complete all the unit assessments before you sit the synoptic exam.
To achieve your AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting you'll sit five separate assessments. Four will be unit assessments:
The fifth exam will be a synoptic assessment. The units that'll be covered in this exam are:
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:
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:
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.