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AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business - Level 2


The AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business is ideal for anyone wishing to study accountancy and finance alongside a range of complementary business and personal skills.

The purpose of the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business is to offer the foundation accounting knowledge needed to progress to employment or further study in accountancy and finance, alongside business and personal skills that are transferable to any sector and additional business knowledge relevant to accountancy. The Foundation Certificate in Accounting and Business can lead to employment in roles such as; accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, tax, administration or as an accounting technician.

For further information on the AAT courses and qualifications, click here.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English language and maths. 

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted onto the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases, two) and/or your current school or college report stating your attendance record.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20181 yr(s)4796A1408FREE£465.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by sitting eight externally marked assessment throughout the year.

If you are an external student and want to sit the Using Accounting Software Assessment (SAGE) at the college you are required to attend an assessment preparation class. Please email or call 01623 627191 ext 8561 for more details.

What does the course lead to?

Employment in the industry as:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll administrator
  • Payroll officer
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Tax assistant/trainee
  • Trainee accounts technician

What will I study?

Module include:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Work Effectively in Finance
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Business Communications and Personal Skills
  • Developing Lifelong Learning Skills
  • Introduction to Payroll
  • Introduction to Business and Company Law

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting
  • Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Business

How do I apply?

Apply online


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