Lambeth College - Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (AAT) - ONLINE and ON CAMPUS learning for adults 19+
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This course is for adults aged 19+ only.

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic accounting principles and skills. This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

This Level 2 course is part-funded, so the cost for students is reduced.

On successful completion of this course, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Please see information on progression below.

Please note: classroom attendance is weekly, classes every Monday from 1:15pm-3:15pm, with expected self-study online of 8-10 hours. The course duration is 28 weeks.

What will I learn?

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration - covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

Study Method: Online and On-Campus

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer - meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 4-5 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor - without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular On Campus lessons are replaced by remote, virtual classroom sessions led by college tutors.

What do you need to apply?

Level 1 Accountancy course or related qualification; for example, Business Administraion or Bookkeeping. Plus Level 1 in English and maths.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

What modules will you do?

This course covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills, all designed to prepare you for a career in business, finance or professional accountancy, or progress to further education.

The course comprises five mandatory units:

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

You will also learn communication skills, IT skills, and gain an understanding of the business environment.


On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualification (Level 3 and then on to Level 4). Under the National Skills Fund initiative, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of your Level 3 study. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

Where can this course take you?

This course can lead to employment in a variety of accountancy and finance roles, in both the public and private sectors, including accounts administrator, accounts assistant, accounts payable clerk, purchase/sales ledger clerk, trainee accounting technician, and trainee finance assistant.

After successfully passing the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting, you may wish to consider expanding your knowledge and skills on another of our Level 2 AAT courses:

  • Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (AAT)
  • Level 2 Foundation Award in Accounting Software (AAT)

Alternatively, you could choose to advance to one of Lambeth College’s Level 2 or 3 business and accounting courses:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business, Administration & Finance (OCNLR)
  • Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Business (BTEC)
  • Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting (AAT) (Mindful Education)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business & Admin (OCNLR)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Leadership & Management (ILM C&G)
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Business (BTEC QCF)

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