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AAT Level 2 - Foundation Certificate in Accounting

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 This foundation level is where you’ll get to develop your skills in finance administration: double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and purchase, sales and general ledgers.

Once you’ve completed the foundation level, you’ll be awarded the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 5 in Scotland).

Ideal Schools will provide:

  • All Study Materials via textbook or presentation folder (online access also provided)
  • Supplementary VIDEO tutorials
  • Sage 50 Accounts Professional
  • 2 years tutorial support via phone & email 
  • Continuous Self Progress tests & Answers
  • 20+ tutor marked assignments
  • Unlimited access to online practice questions

Exam Structure:
  5 x centre based examinations
Synoptic Exam:  The 5th and final exam will cover all elements of Level 2. Although the subject of Working Effectively in Finance is not tested on an individual basis, it will be covered within this final exam.
Study Time:  Approx 120-150 hours

Additional Costs: 
1 x AAT Admission fee £48
1 x AAT Annual Membership £99
5 x Centre-Based exams: Exam & centre fees vary greatly depending on exam centre admin charges. Together, these could range from £70 to £100+ per exam. We can help with locating your nearest and most cost effective centres.

There are five mandatory units at the introductory level:

Bookkeeping transactions
Understanding double-entry bookkeeping, integrating books of prime entry and describing coding system functions
Understanding discounts and settlement, trade and bulk discount differences
Preparing and processing customer and supplier invoices and credit notes
Totalling and balancing a 3-column analysed cash book
Totalling, balancing and reconciling petty cash records within an analysed petty cash book
Processing ledger transactions and extracting a trial balance.

Bookkeeping controls 
Understanding the purpose and use of control accounts and journals
Maintaining and using control accounts and the journal
Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
Understanding the banking process and main services of banks and building societies
Understanding requirements of retention and storage relating to banking documents

Elements of costing

Understanding an organisation’s cost recording system and using it to record or extract data
Use of spreadsheets to convey information on actual and budgeted income and expenditure.

Using computerised software
Entering data at the start of an accounting period to set up customer and supplier accounts
Recording and processing customer and supplier transactions
Recording and reconciling bank and cash transactions
Processing and using journals to enter accounting transactions
Production of reports (day books, account activity, aged analysis, statements or remittance advice).

Work effectively in finance
Understanding an organisation’s accounting or payroll function
Using numeracy and literacy communication skills
Working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’ responsibilities
Understanding ethical values, principles and importance of confidentiality
Understanding and explaining benefits to organisations of sustainable values.


Here are just a few positions that you could consider upon completion of this study.
Accounts Administrator
Accounts Assistant
Accounts Payable Clerk
Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
Tax Assistant/Trainee
Trainee Accounts Technician.

Software Supplied – Sage 50 Accounts Essentials

Ideal Schools have a policy of only supplying software that can continue to be used when study is completed; it will not stop operating. Your software is provided with 1 year Sage technical support but we'll provide all the study support you need for exam and career prep. After study, if you feel you'd benefit from ongoing Sage support and/or software updates, you can take advantage our Sage Business Partner status and receive significant discount on ongoing costs.

Software Benefits:

  1. Providing all the functionality you'll need as a bookkeeper, as part of the Sage 50 Accounting suite, your knowledge gained will be easily transferable throughout all Sage 50 products, ensuring compatibility with the majority of working accountants.
  2. Your software is supplied with Sage Technical support, ensuring you have all the guidance you need at your fingertips.This is on top of the exam and career support provided by IDEAL.
  3. As a Sage Business Partner we receive significant discounts on on-going support and upgrade costs. As a student of IDEAL, 100% of this discount will be passed on to you.
  4. Minimum System requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7; Intel 2.0 GHz processor; 2 GB DDR3 RAM; 5 GB Hard Drive. (Are you a MAC user? Please call us for advice)

 If you would like added advice on software or any other part of our training we have an experienced team at your disposal. Call us now on 0800 028 1404 or 0141 248 5200.


Course Fee Details

Course Code: AAT200

Course Fee: £545.00

You can pay the full price or pay a deposit of £95.00 (0% APR), followed by 5 monthly payments of £90

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Course Fee Details
Course Code: AAT200    
Course Fee: £545.00
You can pay the full price or pay a deposit of £95.00 (0% APR), followed by 5 monthly payments of £90
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