AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Online and On Campus)

What is this course about?

Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly during any college closure. ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors.

 

This AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Foundation course is an entry-level accounting qualification, ideal for anyone who is seeking an introduction to basic accounting principles and skills.
This flexible course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education – www.mindful-education.co.uk, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.
Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Previous knowledge of accounting or a Level 1 Bookkeeping qualification would be advantageous but not essential.

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AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Online and On Campus)

Start: 11/11/2019
Days: Mon
Time: 12:30-15:30

AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Online and On Campus)

Start: 09/09/2019
Days: Mon
Time: 17:30-20:30

How is it taught

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.
Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.
On campus, you benefit from regular college classes without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Experienced tutors will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and are on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

What else do I need to know?


This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration – covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting or those who looking to pursue accountancy as a career to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers. Units of Study The Level 2 course covers a range of key areas, including: ? Bookkeeping Transactions ? Bookkeeping Controls ? Elements of Costing ? Work Effectively in Finance ? Computerised Accounts You will also develop business communications and lifelong learning skills, applying what you learn on the course to the wider industry context.

What could I do next?


On successful completion of this course, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualification (Level 3 and then on to Level 4). The skills and knowledge you will gain throughout this qualification will qualify you for roles including Accounts Assistant, Finance Assistant, Credit Control Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk.

Careers


Chartered and certified accountants

Jobholders in this unit group provide accounting and auditing services, advise clients on financial matters, collect and analyse financial information and perform other accounting duties required by management for the planning and control of an establishment’s income and expenditure.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducts investigations and advises management on financial aspects of productivity, stock holding, sales, new products, etc.
  • Prepares periodic accounts, budgetary reviews and financial forecasts.
  • Liaises with management and other professionals to compile budgets and other costs.
  • Evaluates financial information for management purposes.
  • Conducts financial investigations concerning insolvency, fraud, possible mergers, etc..
  • Prepares tax returns, advises on tax problems and contests disputed claim before tax official.
  • Audits accounts and book-keeping records.
  • Prepares financial documents and reports for management, shareholders, statutory or other bodies.
  • Plans and oversees implementation of accountancy system and policies.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£38,126

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 1,830
2020 1,850
2021 1,867

ANNUAL SALARY

£23,296 10%
£30,742 25%
£38,126 50%
£49,858 75%
£66,082 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

97 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 3.93%
25-34 28.5%
35-44 31.37%
45-54 22.92%
55-64 10.66%
65+ 2.59%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 2.27%
Level 2 6.06%
Level 3 13.28%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 7.05%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 59.11%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 11.26%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.98%

Financial and accounting technicians

Financial and accounting technicians work alongside accountants and other financial professionals in managing the financial affairs of organisations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitors accounting systems to determine accounts are being maintained effectively and provides information on accounting practices to auditors.
  • Ensures invoices and payments are correct and sent out on time.
  • Liaises with clients to ensure that payments are made on time and credit limits are not exceeded.
  • Produces, collates and reports financial information for managers.
  • Maintains profit and loss accounts, budgets, cash flow forecasts and other accounting records.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£50,960

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 259
2020 259
2021 260

ANNUAL SALARY

£29,224 10%
£37,461 25%
£50,960 50%
£63,211 75%
£84,469 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

11 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 9.99%
25-34 23.01%
35-44 26.24%
45-54 30.48%
55-64 9.02%
65+ 1.23%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 1 6.07%
Level 2 12.96%
Level 3 20.18%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 18.83%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 36.51%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 5.45%

Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks

Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks maintain and balance records of financial transactions, oversee the operation of payroll functions and calculate hours worked, wages due and other relevant contributions and deductions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Calculates costs and overheads and prepares analyses for management.
  • Compiles schedules and distributes or arranges distribution of wages and salaries.
  • Processes holiday, sick and maternity pay and travel and subsistence expenses.
  • Calculates and records hours worked, wages due, deductions and voluntary contributions.
  • Supervises payroll team and develops payroll systems and procedures.
  • Prepares provisional balances and reconciles these with appropriate accounts.
  • Records and checks accuracy of daily financial transactions.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£25,085

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 5,835
2020 5,885
2021 5,926

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,387 10%
£21,237 25%
£25,085 50%
£31,283 75%
£41,371 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

292 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 10.77%
25-34 22.06%
35-44 23.49%
45-54 24.13%
55-64 15.54%
65+ 3.98%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 3.2%
Level 1 6.36%
Level 2 23.36%
Level 3 21.67%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 12.71%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 27.77%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 4.52%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.41%

Finance officers

Finance officers oversee book-keeping, general accounting and other financial and related clerical functions mainly within local government and a variety of public sector organisations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the activities and resources of finance departments.
  • Plans work schedules and assigns tasks to financial clerks.
  • Prepares or arranges the preparation of financial reports for managers.
  • Oversees the recording and checking of daily financial transactions, the preparation of provisional balances and reconciliation of accounts.

AVERAGE EARNINGS

£24,648

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

2019 319
2020 316
2021 314

ANNUAL SALARY

£18,574 10%
£21,466 25%
£24,648 50%
£28,974 75%
£37,274 90%

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

14 new openings per year

AVERAGE AGE

16-24 2.53%
25-34 15.3%
35-44 30.21%
45-54 27.08%
55-64 22.89%
65+ 1.96%

QUALIFICATIONS

Level 0 1.41%
Level 1 2.86%
Level 2 23.37%
Level 3 22.74%
Level 4-5 (Higher Education) 19.28%
Level 6 (Bachelors) 27.69%
Level 7 (Masters or equivalent) 1.99%
Level 8 (Doctorate) 0.66%
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