AAT Level 2Certificate in Accounting

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  • Ideal if you have no or minimal accounting experience
  • Leads to entry-level roles such as Accounts Assistant, Accounts Administrator and Trainee Accounts Technician
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
  • Recorded introductory and revision lessons to watch back anytime

Why is this course right for you?

Launch your lucrative finance career with this internationally recognised qualification from the Association of Accounting Technicians, a global leader in finance training and equipping accounting technicians with the skills they need to thrive at work.

AAT's qualifications give you the practical, real-world finance skills that are in demand by employers, as well as helping you develop the basic accounting principles you'll need for a successful career in finance. They’ll help you:

  • Find your dream job: 70% of AAT students are happy in their current jobs
  • Increase your salary: 90% of students say AAT increased their earning potential
  • Build a career for life: 80% feel that AAT has helped them progress in their career
  • A bright future: achieving all AAT levels lets you start your own practice or fast-track Chartered status 

With us, you can gain the same respected AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualification and study the same accounting course as you would in a classroom with all the benefits of online learning, letting you shape your study around your work and family life.

Course details for AAT Level 2

You should have a reasonable standard of English and Maths (eg. GCSE Level 4 or equivalent).

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, but we’re happy to review your case on an individual basis.

If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT might not accept you as a member making you unable to sit your exams. Please contact AAT directly for more advice.

Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Excel to complete the course.

This certificate in accounting is fully online. You'll study 4 units which will introduce you to basic accounting principles:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment

For full details of the skills acquired from each unit, download our AAT course guide.

You’ll sit 4 in-person computer-based exams in total. You can choose to sit two exams via online invigilation, however, the other two exams must be sat at an AAT exam centre. Find an exam centre near you.

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping (90 minutes)
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls (90 minutes)
  • Principles of Costing (90 minutes)
  • The Business Environment (2 hours)

The exams will have a range of question types, from multiple choice to written responses. You’ll also complete online mock tests throughout your course to ensure you’re well-prepared for your exams.

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‘A couple of months after starting Foundation, and after only 2 interviews, I was offered a position with one of the top 10 UK accounting firms. ICS Learn was one of the best decisions I have made.’
- Jason Parker

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‘My course fits around my full-time job and can be completed at my own pace, and my tutor is always on hand to encourage and push me forward. ICS Learn is perfect for me.’
- Joanna Griffin

Elina Bernane Aat Foundation And Advanced In Accounting

‘AAT has given me focus after years of not knowing where my career is going. It led to being employed in a medium-level finance role with no previous experience, and I have earned back the money I spent in less than a year.’
- Elina Bernane

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  • All our tutors are hand-picked for their extensive business and education expertise
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The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance training, along with dedicated accounting courses.

It has over 124,000 members worldwide and their prestigious qualifications are internationally recognised and respected by employers. 

An AAT qualification is the perfect starting point for a lucrative career in finance and can set you on the path to starting your own accountancy practice or achieving Chartered Accountant status. Whether you're studying a certificate in accounting or a diploma, AAT qualifications are highly regarded by employers, making them a useful asset to have. 

If you’re not sure which AAT course to choose, we recommend taking the AAT Skillcheck. It’s a 30-minute online multiple-choice test that will suggest the right level for you based on your accounting knowledge.

The AAT Level 2 Certificate is perfect if you have no accounting experience or if you haven’t mastered key principles and essential skills like double-entry bookkeeping yet. Most students start at Level 2, even if they have some accounting experience.

The AAT Level 3 Diploma is for you if you have significant practical accounting experience and a firm grasp of all the topics covered at Level 2.

The AAT Level 4 Diploma could be ideal if you understand everything covered at Foundation and Advanced level and are fully competent in double-entry bookkeeping. Students rarely enrol directly onto the Level 4Diploma without completing Level 2/ Level 3 or a similar practical accounting qualification first.

If you plan on completing multiple levels, you can save money and transition smoothly by studying our Level 2 & Level 3 or Level 3 & Level 4 combined courses.

And if you'd like to become a bookkeeper rather than an accountant, one of our AAT Bookkeeping courses could be right for you. 

Before you enrol with us, our expert AAT advisors will talk through your experience and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the perfect course. You can also verify that your course is budget friendly when you use our handy affordability calculator

We think our students say it best. They've rated us 4.7/5 from more than 10,000 independent Trustpilot reviews, giving us a rating of Excellent. Plus, we're the most experienced online learning provider - we've been in education for 130 years.

We're committed to helping everyone build a career that they're proud of, and a huge part of that involves giving people the freedom to shape their qualification around their lives. 

Our AAT Level 2 Certificate is the perfect accounting course for you if you have a full-time job, kids, an irregular working pattern, a busy schedule, or if you simply want to be in control of your learning.

From our self-paced course structure to our extended study periods to our unlimited tutor support, we give you the flexibility you need to achieve your certificate in accounting, no matter what life throws at you.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of AAT students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

An accountancy career has the potential to to take you anywhere you want to go. Whether you want to work in TV, sport, fashion, or for a charity, every organisation in every sector needs qualified accountants. 

Finance professionals are in consistently high demand the world over, so when you choose to study an AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting, you'll be opening the door to hugely rewarding and respected career opportunities, learning the basic principles and key business concepts required to further your career.

Want to start your own accounting practice or go freelance? Once you complete your AAT Level 4 Diploma, you can. 

Is becoming a Chartered Accountant your goal? Your AAT training can be a stepping stone to ACCA, CIMA, and other Chartered Accountancy qualifications, and will even allow you to skip certain modules - potentially getting you to Chartered status faster than the university route.

And if you've got your eyes set on the boardroom, more than half of FTSE 100 CEOs began their career in finance. 

Yes! You're not required to have any qualification or previous certificate in accounting or finance to enrol on the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting as this is an introductory course. 

However, you must be able to demonstrate a reasonable standard of English and Maths (eg. GCSE Level 4 or equivalent). If English is your second language, then an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is recommended. 

AAT do believe that if you have already completed specific units of modules from previous qualifications, you shouldn’t have to duplicate this work. You must, however, be able to provide relevant evidence.

You can speak to our advisers if you require any additional information or visit the AAT website.

The AAT Level 2 Certificate is fully self-contained. In other words, you will be provided with everything you need to excel in your qualification exam and to complete your certificate in accounting. 

Along with that, as an AAT member, you will also have access to any AAT materials relevant to your studies through the AAT website. 

Unfortunately there are no official opportunities for internships or work placements in line for you to undertake while studying your certificate in accounting. 

However, while many students are looking to gain practical experience and apply the skills they have gained through the AAT Level 2 Certificate in the industry, they seek out their own internship or work placement opportunities to facilitate that.

If that is something you're interested in then we highly encourage you to do so as well, as long as you can navigate setting time aside for you studies too.

No! There is no previous practical or work experience required to enrol on the AAT certificate in accounting as the course will teach you everything you need to know to gain the key principles and fundamental skills required to kickstart your accounting career and help you land your first entry-level position. 

Unfortunately, we do not offer any official networking opportunities associated with AAT Level 2.

However, when enrolling on the course, you are required to pay a one-off membership fee before sitting your first exam.

In turn, becoming an AAT member provides you with an abundance of relevant material and resources, discounts on face-to-face events and the opportunity to connect with fellow AAT members.

For more information on memberships, speak to our expert advisers or peruse the AAT website.

You don't need to wait until you've completed your AAT course to start reaping the benefits of studying AAT. Simply putting 'Studying towards AAT' on your CV can help you attract employers and stand out from the crowd.

After completing the AAT Level 2 Certificate, you'll be ready to take on entry-level finance roles such as:

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Trainee Accounting Technician
  • Trainee Finance Assistant

Once you've completed the next qualification, the AAT Level 3 Diploma, you can move into roles like:

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Audit Trainee
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit Controller
  • Finance Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Practice Bookkeeper
  • Tax Assistant

Once you've achieved the most advanced AAT training, the AAT Level 4 Diploma, you have a huge number of career options.

If you'd like the freedom of working for yourself, you could start your own accountancy practice or work as a freelance accountant.

You could become a Chartered Accountant by joining an AAT fast-track with ACCA, CIMA, or one of the other UK Chartered Accountancy bodies.

And you could take on a huge number of prestigious finance roles:

  • Senior Finance Officer
  • Senior Fund Accountant
  • Commercial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Fixed Asset Accountant
  • Indirect Tax Manager
  • Payments and Billing Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Accounts Payable and Expenses Supervisor
  • Assistant Financial Accountant
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Senior Insolvency Administrator
  • Tax Supervisor
  • VAT Accountant

Our expert AAT tutors have been hand picked due to their extensive business and education experience and they are available to you through our Virtual Learning Platform. Additionally, our student services team can provide you with any help or advice you may require and through our career hub, you’ll have access to an abundance of career resources.

Here's the average salary of AAT students and graduates at each stage of their career.

  • AAT Student: £19,000
  • Trainee Accountant: £20,000
  • Accounts Assistant: £23,000
  • Bookkeeper: £25,000
  • Semi-Senior Accountant: £26,000
  • Qualified Senior/Executive: £37,000
  • Assistant Manager: £41,000
  • Manager: £48,000
  • Senior Manager: £43,000
  • Self-Employed AAT Accountant: £54,000

Plus, if you join the AAT fast-track with a Chartered Accountancy body like ACCA or CIMA, you could earn upwards of £70,000 a year as a Chartered Accountant. 

Average AAT salaries from the AAT Salary Survey 2022. Chartered Accountant salary from TotalJobs.

AAT’s qualifications are practical, universally respected and internationally recognised. The AAT Level 2 Certificate is regulated by all four UK qualification regulators and is a qualification in which you can be proud of. You'll learn basic key principles as well as core accounting skills that will help you communicate effectively. 

Organisations such as Network Rail and KPMG are known for hiring AAT-qualified professionals due to their high level of skill, knowledge and due diligence, with AAT representing the highest standards of professionalism. 

Yes. We offer a maximum competition time, rather than a minimum. For the AAT Level 2 Certificate specifically, you have access to tutor support for 12 months and the average completion time is 6 months.

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Pass rate based on 2023 year-end results taken from 1,913 assessments.  
‡ Data from a survey of 60 ICS Learn AAT graduates between 2015 and 2022.