About the course
This qualification is intended for those either working or aspiring to work, in a junior accounting position to gain an understanding of the processing role. It is the progression route through the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications for those with AAT Level 1 Access, or for those without the experience of double entry book keeping. The course is delivered by an experienced, supportive team of qualified and experienced staff.
Day time option - Wednesday 09.15 - 15.45) - due to complete Easter 2019
Evening option - Wednesday (18.00 - 21.00) - due to complete June 2019
Unlike other qualifications there are no entry requirements with AAT and you don't need relevant work experience. This means that this course is ideal if you are leaving school, returning to work or thinking about a change in career.
Useful strengths include confidence with numbers, time management, attention to detail and an ability to problem solve.
AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2), awarded in conjunction with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
What you'll learn (core modules)
The course covers 6 modules over the year -
"Bookkeeping Transactions" - you will learn how to record financial transactions for sales and purchases, basic double entry, how to maintain a cash book and then use this information to extract a trial balance.
"Bookkeeping Controls" - you will learn about different payment methods, importance of controls within a bookkeeping system and use of them, reconciling a cash book to a bank statement, reconcile the sales and purchases that remain outstanding by your customers and suppliers, and also basic banking transactions.
"Elements of Costing" - you will consider the costs which must be covered when a business sets its prices, how costing information is analysed and recorded from financial documentation.
"Work effectively in finance" - you will discover the importance of self-management, communication skills and team-working to the success of the business and themselves as an individual. This module is not examined separately, but examined within the synoptic assessment.
"Using Accounting Software" - we will take everything you have learned in Bookkeeping Transactions and Bookkeeping Controls and apply it into Sage Line 50 which is a commonly used computerised accounting package in business.
"Synoptic" - a computer based assessment introduced in the new AQ2016 syllabus which pulls together the knowledge learnt from Bookkeeping Transactions, Bookkeeping Controls, Elements of Costing and Working Effectively in Finance. This module will be the final assessment undertaken, to complete your level 2 studies. It excludes "Use of Accounting Software".
Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A*-C or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.
How will I be assessed?
Students must successfully complete four unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification. All assessments are computer based, time limited and are set and marked by the AAT. The assessments will take place at our Bury St Edmunds campus. To achieve the qualification and be awarded a grade, a student must pass all the mandatory unit assessments and the synoptic assessment.
Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)
Predominantly in classrooms with access to PCs at our Bury St Edmunds campus
Where will this course take me?
Successful students may wish to progress to the AAT Level 3 Diploma and the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.
For a career in accounting or finance, you will need to have an interest in figures, and an analytical mind. Being a mathematician is not required but an inquisitive thought process and a problem solver with an ability to communicate information is important. Jobs you could apply for after studying AAT level include:
Accounts Payable Clerk
Purchase/Sales Ledges Clerk
Trainee Accounts Technician
Salary ranges from £10,000 to £24,000
How much will it cost?
If you need help with funding
There are bursaries available to students that meet certain criteria, please speak/visit student welfare for further information.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You will then contacted by someone from the college to confirm receipt of your application and invited in to have any further questions answered and to gain a fuller picture of your chosen qualification.
For your first day of studies, please could you bring a pen, paper and calculator. The fees include your text books, however there may be a need to make additional notes outside of this, and complete further assessment questions to ensure your understanding of the topics.
Days & times
Wednesday 09:15 - 15:45