AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping – Level 2

Course aims

This course provides you with an understanding of the role of a bookkeeper, financial transactions and the benefits and risks of using accounting software to complete bookkeeping tasks. On completion of this qualification, you will also be able to process customer and supplier transactions, receipts and payments.

Course length

115 guided learning hours, 3-5 hour sessions per week

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for those already working in finance, those returning to work after a break, those wishing to change career or those wanting to develop specialised skills or to gain recognition for the skills that they already have. The course is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. It also offers progression for learners who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes. You must successfully pass two mandatory unit assessment to achieve the AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping – Level 2 qualification.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Yes. Prior knowledge, skills or level 1 qualification in bookkeeping are required. A basic level of English is needed as this will help you to read and understand the materials provided.

Course content

The course outcomes are:

Introduction to bookkeeping

  • understand how to set up bookkeeping systems
  • process customer transactions
  • process supplier transactions
  • process receipts and payments
  • process transactions into the ledger accounts

Principles for bookkeeping controls

  • use control accounts.
  • reconcile a bank statement with the cashbook
  • use the journal
  • produce trial balances

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your programme of learning, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team.  Your teacher will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping - Level 3 or AAT Certificate in Accounting - Level 3.

What types of jobs could I get?

This course could lead to the following employment opportunities:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator

How will I learn?

Learning for this course is ‘Blended’, using both online and onsite environments. Your teacher will explain this further. You will be shown how to access Birmingham Adult Education Services (BAES) Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool, which provides you with support for your studies.

You will be able to access resources like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Padlet, to engage in activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Office 365 which we will provide for free when you enrol on one of our courses
  • notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises
  • calculator

What we require of you as a learner?

  • regular attendance and punctuality is essential for you to succeed.
  • work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking.
  • you will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set.
  • you will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.
  • register with AAT

Useful website(s)

For more information about Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)https://www.aat.org.uk/

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