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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)


The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course will give you the practical, internationally-recognised finance and accountancy which is a very highly respected international professional body of accountants.


The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting course will develop your skills in finance administration, double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing principles and purchase, sales and general ledgers.

You will learn the basics of accounting, including double-entry book-keeping, balancing off ledger accounts, preparing a trial balance and how to code and present financial information for management use, as well as develop an understanding of working in an accounting environment and the use of computers in the profession.

The Foundation Certificate course is taught in classrooms with highly experienced teachers who have worked in the accounting environment. Classes contain a diverse mixture of learners of all ages and backgrounds.

Students are required to provide their own textbooks and AAT Membership costs. Calderdale College will pay for the Examination Fees for each unit and the College will also pay for the first attempt at an exam and if required the first resit.Any additional resits can be taken but the learner will be responsible for funding these attempts, the College will not pay for additional resits)


Delivery of the programme is through a series of lectures, workshops and seminars. The pace of learning is accelerated which requires a commitment of at least five hours home study per week. Homework, practice simulations and exercises are indicative of the programme to assess progress and learning on a weekly basis. All units must be completed successfully before progressing to level 3 and beyond.

Course Leader profile

Louisa Smithson

Louisa started her career working in the Retail and Finance Sectors and began her ACCA studies in 2006. Louisa now works as a practising accountant with a local business. Louisa is passionate about teaching and helping students achieve their qualifications, incorporating working situations into her work to give learners a better understanding of the industry.

Entry Requirements

An interest in the subject and 4 GCSEs at grades D or grade 3 or above to include Maths and English.

Interview Process

Interview with subject specialist tutor followed by a short aptitude test.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

• Bookkeeping Transactions • Bookkeeping Controls • Elements of Costing • Work Effectively in Finance • Using Accounting Software

How is the course assessed?

Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls and Elements of Costing have individual unit assessments. There will be a synoptic assessment towards the end of the qualification to test understanding of the connection between units. Using Accounting Software will be assessed with a 2 hour assessment.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Successful students could apply for positions such as accounts administrator/assistant, bookkeeper, purchase or sales ledger clerk, trainee tax assistant, or trainee accounts technician. Students can progress to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3).


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day) and Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2017
  • Hours per week: 4 hours
  • Days: Tuesday (days); Monday & Wednesday (evenings)
  • Start Time: 10.00 am (days); 6.00 pm (eve)
  • End Time: 3.00 pm (days); 8.00 pm (eve)
  • Duration: 35 weeks (days and eves)
  • Course Fees: £800. If you are aged 19 or over you may be able to get fee remission please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for more details.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 2
  • Qualification Name: AAT Foundation Certificate in Accountancy
  • Awarding Body: Association of Accounting Technicians

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