Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

The Skills Network
Course summary
52 weeks
1,350 GBP
Next available date: Start anytime - Distance
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

AAT is an established and respected professional body, with over 125,000 members worldwide. AAT qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and will equip your employees with the key financial skills modern businesses are currently looking for.

Coupled with The Skills Network’s award-winning online learning resources and outstanding learner support, your highly skilled accounting team starts here!

With our outstanding success rates of over 92%, you can be confident The Skills Network will guide your employees through to success.

This internationally recognised qualification will prepare your staff for junior and entry level accounting roles by developing a solid foundation in finance administration.

Learners will gain practical accounting and finance skills, such as recording financial transactions using double entry bookkeeping, reconciling a bank statement to the cash book, journal adjustments and basic costing principles, with the freedom to study where they like, when they like.

They will also complete a SAGE 50 course complete with its own certification in addition to the AAT certificate to ensure your employees are familiar with computerised accounting.

To further develop your skills, learners can go on to study both the Advanced and Professional Diploma's in accounting and achieve the full AAT Accounting Qualification.

Employees will gain practical, real-world accounting and finance skills with the freedom to study flexibly, from anywhere.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This internationally recognised qualification is ideal for staff in junior and entry level accounting roles.

Unlike some qualifications, there are no entry requirements for AAT, and learners do not need to be working in an accounting role. It is our recommendation that they begin with the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2).

* Please note: if learners have faced bankruptcy or have a criminal conviction, their application may not be accepted.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Qualification gained: Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Training Course Content

This course is split into five manageable units with an additional synoptic revision unit:

Unit 1: Bookkeeping Transactions

This unit introduces learners to the double-entry bookkeeping system and the associated documents and processes. Learners will gain an understanding of financial transactions within a bookkeeping system as well as the processing of customer transactions, supplier transactions and receipts and payments. Learners will also gain an understanding of processing transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance.On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment at the end of Unit 5.

Unit 2: Bookkeeping Controls

This unit will allow learners to understand payment methods, controls in a bookkeeping system and control accounts. This unit will also provide learners with an understanding of using the journal and how to reconcile a bank statement with the cash book.On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment at the end of Unit 5.

Unit 3: Elements of Costing

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of the cost recording system within an organisation, how to use cost recording techniques and provide information on actual and budgeted costs and income.On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice. Topics from this unit may also appear within the synoptic assessment at the end of Unit 5.

Unit 4: Using Accounting Software

All learning resources for this unit are provided by SAGE and learners will log into external software to work through this. Learners will achieve a SAGE 50 certificate. On completion of this unit, learners will sit a computer-based test* at a local centre of their choice.

Unit 5: Work Effectively in Finance

This unit will present an introduction to the foundation synoptic assessment (FYSA) and will provide learners with an understanding of the finance function within an organisation, using personal skills development in finance, producing work effectively and understanding corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability within organisations.

Additional Synoptic Assessment Preparation

Learners are also given an additional bonus revision unit to prepare for the synoptic assessment. This additional unit includes revision sections for the key topics in Unit 1, 2 and 3. This unit is built to give learners an indication as to which areas need to be further revised and will help to identify a learner’s strengths and weaknesses.The synoptic exam is a case study style exam, where learners work through scenarios before answering the questions. They can cover any topic from any of the units in the level 2 course.On completion of all units, learners will sit a computer-based synoptic assessment at a local centre of their choice.*One exam entry fee per unit is included in the cost of this course. Any re-sits will be charged separately.

Continuing Studies

Once you complete a course with us, your opportunities are endless. Not only will your employment opportunities improve, but you could also progress on to other areas of study. You could continue your studies with our Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3).

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