L2 Foundation Certificate In Accounting

This Level 2 Certificate qualification is designed to provide the essential basic understanding of the subject for those working in, or intending to work in, accounts. It covers bookkeeping to trial balance, using both manual and computerised techniques. The programme is designed to provide the maximum flexibility to students from a wide range of circumstances and diverse backgrounds, allowing them to gain skills and knowledge based on nationally agreed standards of competence.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      TBC* Funding may be available, depending on your circumstances.
    • Attendance Pattern
      Daytime or Evening
    • Course Level
      Level 2
    • Study Mode
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      TBC* session
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  • Overview

    Course information above: * To be confirmed in advance of the course starting.


    The course comprises of five units, all of which must be studied. The units are as follows:

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


    Apply for an AAT Bursary today

    Change your future, with these professional qualifications and your course costs covered, if you receive the bursary. Find out more here.

    The AAT has clear, transparent guidelines for potential students who have faced bankruptcy, have a criminal conviction or have arrangements with creditors. If these circumstances apply to you, please visit the AAT website at www.aat.org.uk for more information.

    *Price: £632.50 exc AAT membership. FREE if you are U23 and this is your first L2. Please see Apply Portal for details.

    Times: Tuesday evenings, 5.30-8.30pm.

  • Equipment Required

    You will be required to buy text books for this course and will be sent details before the course starts. These books will be available in the library subject to availability. You may also wish to purchase a set of course workbooks which will help you with your studies. These may be purchased through the College at a 40% discounted fee. Your tutor will discuss workbooks with you at the start of your course.
    You will also need to bring the following to the first session:

    • pen
    • paper
    • calculator


  • Entry Requirements

    You should have good numeracy and literacy skills and have GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4, or an equivalent qualification. The ability to word process under time constraints is also essential.

    You are also required to become a member of the AAT professional body and will need to pay the annual AAT membership of £172. Membership is mandatory in order to be registered for examinations, which are an essential part of this course (price correct Aug 2022).

    Please Note: 

    The AAT has clear, transparent guidelines for potential students who have faced bankruptcy, have a criminal conviction or have arrangements with creditors. 

    If these circumstances apply to you, please visit the AAT website for more information.

  • How will I be assessed?

    All AAT assessments are practical computer based assessments, available to sit periodically throughout the year. Assessments may be:

    • Computer marked –meaning you will get your provisional results straight away
    • Partially computer marked and partially human marked – you will get your results within six weeks
    • Human marked – you will get your results within six weeks

    This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment, which draws on and tests your understanding of connections between different topics covered across the qualification.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (this qualification is also known as an Introductory Certificate in Accounting). 

    Opportunities for employment may include working as an:

    • Accounts Administrator/Assistant 
    • Accounts Payable Clerk 
    • Bookkeeper 
    • Payroll Administrator/Officer 
    • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk 
    • Tax Assistant/Trainee
    • Tax Accounts Technician

    You may also wish to further develop your skills and knowledge by applying to the AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • Delivery Method

    This course is currently delivered through blended learning. This means a mix of online delivery and a small amount of classroom-based lessons.