Is this the course for you?
This course is for adults aged 19+ only.
This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level bookkeeping qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic bookkeeping 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.
Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly, with classes every other Monday from 5:30pm-7:30pm, and the course duration is 14 weeks.
What will I learn?
This short course, studied over four months, will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage books effectively, including double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. 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.
This qualification can be used as a fast track to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.
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 is designed to develop the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks.
The course comprises two mandatory units: 1) Bookkeeping Transactions, and 2) Bookkeeping Controls.
Your areas of study will include:
- Understanding financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
- Processing customer transactions
- Processing supplier transactions
- Processing receipts and payments
- Processing transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance
- Understanding controls in a bookkeeping system
- Using control accounts
- Using the journal
- Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.
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).
Students completing the AAT Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. If you do choose to continue your studies in this way, then your achievements in the Bookkeeping qualification are carried over to the longer Accounting qualification.
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 clerical assistant, trainee bookkeeper, accounts clerk, finance assistant, and accounts administrator.
After successfully passing the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you may wish to consider expanding your knowledge and skills on another of our Level 2 AAT courses:
- Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (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)
- Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Business (BTEC QCF)