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Bookkeeping - AAT Level 2 Certificate

Course Code:AA1342G

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This Level 2 course in manual and computerised bookkeeping is designed for those who want to increase their knowledge base, build on their manual double entry skills and computerised skills, and achieve a recognised qualification suitable for employment in a bookkeeping job role.

What the course is about

The purpose of the Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that you have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles.

This qualification comprises two mandatory units:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping

  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

After completing this course you will have developed practical accountancy skills in the double - entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes. You will be able to check transactions for accuracy, make entries in appropriate books and ledgers, and calculate sales invoices and credit notes. You will also cover more complex level bookkeeping procedures, including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances, and will develop your understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records.

The course is intended to prepare you for entry into a range of possible job roles in small and medium sized enterprises. These might include the role of bookkeeper, accounts clerk or financial and business administrative assistant. This qualification also will provide essential knowledge and skills for those either operating or in the process of setting up an enterprise.

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research and individual research. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There may be vocational specialist guest speakers, or employers, invited to share their skills and experience.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills.

Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. To support this, you will undertake some e-learning modules, where appropriate, as homework.

If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you may be invited to meet with an Information, Advice and Guidance Officer or employability member of staff, to identify other learning opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects. We highly recommend that you engage fully in any other learning opportunities that we help you identify.

This is a vocational course leading to a qualification, and the cost is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note - if you do not successfully complete the course within this academic year, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee.

For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

An Application process is applicable to this course.

English language skills at Level 1 are required. You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application. 

Please note places on some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately, as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner (see Additional Information below). 

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Students must successfully achieve the two mandatory unit assessments to achieve this qualification. The proportion of this qualification assessed by externally marked by AAT. Externally marked assessments are computer based at our centre in Bournemouth or Poole.

Awarding body: AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop which will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set. It may be possible to re-sit the examination within the academic year at an additional fee.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with working in the Accounting sector. Successful completion of this course will provide skills and knowledge required for job roles working in bookkeeping, accounting or financial and business administration.

You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

The AAT Level 2 Pathway; Certificate in Bookkeeping is aimed at individuals who wish to further their studies of bookkeeping and gain a competence qualification at Level 2 of the National Framework from a point of some previous experience and successful completion of Bookkeeping Level 1. Candidates wishing to join this course need to have a basic understanding of manual double entry bookkeeping.

You will need to be able to attend one of our centres in Bournemouth or Poole to sit the exam/exams.

This course is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to progress to the AAT Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. You should consider your readiness to commit to study and we have a study support toolbox to help you with this:

Materials and costs

Essential resources required to achieve your qualification

  • A number of AAT study support materials can be accessed via the AAT Lifelong Learning Portal once registered with AAT.

  • It is an expectation that learners register as a member with AAT within four weeks of starting the course.

  • You should bring A4 paper, a folder, pens, pencils, ruler and calculator to each session.

  • You will need access to a PC or laptop to complete homework. It will benefit your progress if you have regular and reliable access to the internet. We upload learning material and support documentation onto our Virtual Learning Environment which you will need to refer to frequently throughout your course.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

If you do not attend a pre-booked practical or theory exam, without giving the required notice, you will be invoiced for the cost. Details of the fees and cancellation notice periods required are available on request.

Next Step

You may wish to consider widening your skills in this area by studying at Level 3 in Bookkeeping or Accountancy. Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education. Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training. See the website for more details. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you.

You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Need support planning your next steps? Our experienced Careers Advisors at Skills & Learning can offer personalised guidance on choosing the right course, exploring career paths, developing interview skills, updating your CV and much more. Book a FREE appointment today and get the support you need to achieve your goals. Visit: Call us at 01202 123444 for more information.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

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Course Details

Start Date17 September 2024



Time18:00 - 21:00

Duration21 weeks

SubjectBookkeeping and Accounting


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £599. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


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