AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting – Level 2

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting

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:
• Bookkeeping transactions
• Bookkeeping controls
• Elements of costing
• Work effectively in accounting
• Using accounting software

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/.

We will be offering Level 2 courses on Wednesdays between 5.00pm – 8.45pm. The course will start on Wednesday 9th September 2020 and finish the first week in July 2021.

More info

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

If you wish to discuss the course or the fees you will pay, please contact harriet.fraser@cirencester.ac.uk or ring 01285 640994.

When you wish to apply, please download the Enrolment form 2020-21 and return it to the Student Journey Team, Cirencester College, Fosse Way Campus, Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 1XA. Please note that places are limited and a place will only be guaranteed once full payment 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.

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 24 years or over and unemployed the course is FREE.
  • If you are 19-23 years and already have a level 2 qualification or over 24 years 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.


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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.