AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualifications are widely recognised by employers as providing the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of accounting occupations. This Level 2 Foundation Certificate qualification is designed to provide the essential basic understanding of the subject for those working in, or intending to work in, accounts.
This Level 2 Foundation 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.
The course comprises five units, all of which must be studied. Units are:
- Processing bookkeeping transactions.
- Control accounts, journals and the banking system.
- Basic costing.
- Computerised accounting.
- Working effectively in accounting and finance.
Although course textbooks are available in the College library, you may wish to buy a textbook (following consultation with your tutor). 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:
You should possess good numeracy and literacy skills and ideally have GCSE Maths at Grade A*-C, or an equivalent qualification. (This could be Open College of the North West (OCNW) Stage A Units or a Level 2 Numeracy qualification). If you do not have a maths qualification at this level you will be required to take a Skills Check to assess the level you are currently working at. The Skills Check may reveal that it is in your best interests to guide you towards a different course which will more effectively meet your needs. In this case you will be provided with full advice and guidance.
As all exams are computer based, the ability to type is therefore essential. You should also be a member of the AAT and will need to pay the annual AAT membership fee. (Runshaw College will collect your AAT membership fee).
To be accepted on the course, other factors will also be taken into consideration including:
- commitment to study.
- previous skills, experience and success.
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 at www.aat.org.uk for more information.
Bankruptcy (also Debt Relief Orders)/entering into an arrangement with creditors/having an unspent criminal conviction/being found guilty of a civil offence/having a County Court Judgement, is not necessarily a bar to AAT membership, but the AAT need to be sure of the suitability of students to maintain public confidence in the accountancy profession.
In order for the AAT to make a fair and just decision as to whether you should be granted membership, you will need to send AAT additional information about your circumstances together with your membership registration form. Please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
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.
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
- Payroll Administrator/Officer
- Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
- Tax Assistant/Trainee
- Tax Accounts Technician.
The typical average salary for holders of an Introductory Certificate in Accounting is £17,865. (Source: 2015 AAT Salary & Career Survey).
You may also wish to further develop your skills and knowledge by applying to the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.
Please be aware that if your long term goal is to work in an area with vulnerable adults or any person under the age of 18, it will be necessary to undergo a disclosure and barring services (DBS) check at your place of employment. If you have a criminal conviction this may exclude you from working in some job roles.
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.
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