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AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) – Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

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The AAT is the world’s leading professional membership body for accounting technicians, with over 100,000 members worldwide. The AAT is the UK’s largest awarding body of skills-based qualifications in accounting. The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (AAT) is a practical introductory course for students working or planning to work in accounts related jobs.

What Will I Study?

This is a practical course and includes learning how to:

  • Manually prepare sales invoices and credit notes.
  • Compile customer statements manually and using computer systems.
  • Prepare incoming documentation for businesses including goods received information and purchase invoices.
  • Complete exercises involving bank statements and their relationship with the manual accounting records.
  • Reconcile information between different parts of accounting systems and complete the initial trial balance.
  • As an introduction to cost accounting, you will also study the elements that make up the costs in businesses.
  • Use a computerised accounting system
  • Work effectively and professional ethics in the accounting role

Learning areas

The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting (AAT) includes five learning areas:

  • PBKT – Processing bookkeeping transactions
  • CJBS – Control accounts, journals and the banking systems
  • BCST – Basic costing
  • CPAG – Computerised accounting
  • WKAF – Work effectively in accounting and finance

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be held at the University Centre on the main campus in Blackburn.

Entry Requirements

The AAT Accounting Qualification is open-access, and therefore no prior learning or experience is required. However, you will need a good level of numeracy and English language skills. If you have been declared bankrupt or have had an IVA at any time this may affect your eligibility for AAT membership, please contact the AAT for further clarification.


AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Qualification Achieved

Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

Other Information

How much does it cost?

Full Payment Option: The course fee is £680.00 (excluding registration and text book fees). The college operates a no refunds policy as detailed below. (Prices/funding are subject to change).



Some students may be eligible to undertake the AAT qualification through the funded apprenticeship route. There are no specific entry requirements, however if you need to develop your literacy and numeracy skills, as part of the qualification you can obtain Key Skills in Application of Number (Maths) and Communication & literacy skills (English). You should also be in permanent employment, working at least 16 hrs+ and have a qualification no higher than a Level 4 (HNC/HND/Degree) and in a job role relevant to the qualification. If you have grade A-C in Maths and English then you may be exempt for some elements of Key Skills.

Course dates

The duration of the course is one year and is due to be delivered in our University Centre Building. The next available dates are to be released soon, contact us to place your details on our waiting list.