AAT Accounting – Level 2

What does the course involve?

The Course requires no previous experience and is the course for you if you:
• want an accounting qualification recognised by employers.
• want a career change to a field where pay and promotion prospects are good.
• are returning to work.
• are self employed.

This course is also available as an approved apprenticeship programme, with associated Government funding available.  If you would like to discuss this, please contact the apprenticeship team at apprenticeships@cirencester.ac.uk.’

Year by year

You will study:
• Introduction to bookkeeping
• Principles of bookkeeping controls
• Principles of costing
• Business Environment synoptic

There are individual assessments for all modules except ‘work effectively in accounting’. There is a synoptic assessment that will cover all modules excepting ‘using accounting software’.

Students passing the course will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

Further details on the AAT course can be found on http://www.aat.org.uk/.

Our level 2 course takes place weekly on Wednesdays between 4:00pm – 7:00pm. The course will start week beginning 13th September 2023 and finish in July 2024.

Course Specific Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but you should take the ‘Skillcheck‘ on the AAT website.

How to apply

If you wish to discuss the course or the fees you will pay, please contact Student Journey.

When you wish to apply, please let Student Journey know. Nearer to the course start date she will send out enrolment details to those she knows are interested. Please note that places are limited and a place on the course will only be confirmed once full payment or confirmation of a student loan has been received.

AAT require that all students studying AAT courses that are employed, provide their employer name and contact details. This must be provided on the enrolment form, irrespective of whether or not you require us to invoice your employer for fees.

*Please do not buy books or pay the additional AAT registration and membership fees or assessment fees until you have started your course when your tutor will give full details.

Fees and extra costs

The funding for 2023/24

The cost of AAT L2 is £1,265. Given the changes in government funding, fees for students will vary according to personal circumstances. Your personal circumstances at the start of the course will determine which fees you will pay and you may be asked to provide evidence of your personal circumstances when submitting your Enrolment form.

  • If you are 19-23 years and this is your first full level 2 course (ie you do not have GCSEs) the course is FREE.
  • If you are unemployed (we must see proof in the form of a benefits confirmation) or earning less than £17,374.50 a year the course is FREE.
  • If you are are in full employment earning more than £17,374.50 a year you will need to pay £650.

Extra costs:
Tuition fees and the first sitting of any assessments are included in the fees quoted above.

There are some additional fees:

  • When entering any AAT course you will be required to pay a one off registration fee of £44 and an annual AAT membership fee of £94.00.
  • Course materials (including textbooks) are estimated at £150.
  • In the event of resitting any assessments these will cost either £45.00 or £51.00 depending on the assessment.
  • You will pay AAT registration and membership directly to AAT at the start of your course.
  • The Lecturer will advise you about the books that you will need to buy in your first lesson.


What are the additional time commitments to the course?

Other than lesson times, you should plan for at least 3 – 5 hours of homework per week.

When will the assessments be?

Assessments are usually held on Saturday mornings – dates will be confirmed in your first lesson. You should give 24 hours notice if you find that you will not be able to sit the assessment or we may have to charge you the assessment fee.

Is this course suitable for students finishing GCSEs?

No. We recommend that these students take A Level Accounting as part of their study programme.

Do I have to start at level 2 of AAT if I have some accounting experience?

This is not always necessary. Please speak to a tutor or email neil.owen@cirencester.ac.uk for further information. Alternatively, check the ‘Skillcheck‘ programmes on the AAT website.

What happens if I need to resit any assessments?

If you should have to resit any assessments, lecturing staff will advise and help you wherever possible. Most units can be resat within the normal assessments timetable, however the synoptic assessment may have a specific timeframe in which it can be taken. Resit fees will be payable: there may be occasions when invigilators will need to be come in specifically for a resit. Should this occur, costs for invigilation and remarking may be passed to the students resitting this specific assessment.

How will I get my course books?

At induction your lecturer will advise what books you will require, and let you know the best place to get them from.

Do I need to be good at Maths?

Students need to be logical and methodical thinkers, and enjoy problem solving. Although Maths is not a pre-requisite, a liking for numbers is essential.

Is there anything else I should know?

Prospective students are advised to check the AAT website for details of AAT membership criteria, in particular, criteria relating to student’s personal credit history and financial dealings. This can be found at www.aat.org.uk.

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Joined this course after decided to change career. The course materials supplied by the tutor were great and complimented the textbooks required for the course. There was a good atmosphere and the class size wasn’t too large, so there was opportunity to ask questions and work through problems.

The delivery of the material was excellent, and delivered at a good pace so that it could be fully understood and there was time to ask questions if unsure on particular content. I would highly recommend this course for anyone looking to begin a career in Accountancy