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Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: Full Level 2 qualification (example include either 5 or more GCESs A* – C, NVQ level 2, GNVQ intermediate, BTEC 1st Diploma or functional skills) and Completion of the AAT skills check (https://www.aatskillcheck.org/home.aspx) Following receipt of your application and supporting documents an informal interview will be arranged for you to discuss the course with an AAT course assessor. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the course in more detail and to address any questions you have. The assessor will also be able to establish if this is the correct course for you and will advise you whether you are eligible Offer of place on the course is on condition that the induction assessment has been passed within the induction period Applicants must be 19 or older on the first day of the course and have been living in the UK/EAA for the past 3 years

What will I learn?

Why choose to study with us?

Not only do we have over 25 years’ experience of delivering education and training to over 5,000 new students each year, we have built a reputation for providing quality ELearning too!

This means you can still benefit from our excellent education, even if you can't fit your lifestyle or schedule around our college timetable.

All our ELearning courses are accredited by established institutes and have national recognition.

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting is delivered 100% via ELearning, so you do not need to attend classes in the College but have the flexibility to study at times to fit around your existing commitments. You will be required to travel to an Approved AAT Centre which is local to you to sit exams.

This course would suit you if:

• You work in accounts and would like a formal qualification in the field • You would like to acquire new skills to help with a change in your career • You are looking to learn new workplace skills • You’re looking for foundation knowledge before progression on to other AAT qualifications

Skills you’ll gain:

• Processing payments and receipts • Preparing invoices • Completing bank reconciliations • Using accounting software • Effective business communications skills including letters, memos and informal reports

Induction Period

Sussex Coast College offer a 14-day Induction Period for this course which enables you to assess whether both the course and the online mode of study is suitable for you. It also allows the College to assess your suitability, in particular whether you can produce work to meet the standards set by AAT, the awarding body.

The induction is conducted online so you don't have to travel to our campus. During the week you will receive your login details to the VLE and a welcome phone call from your assessor to discuss how to attempt the induction unit.

You will be sent a deadline/due date by e-mail which allows you two weeks to submit answers to the induction assessment.

If you don't meet the pass criteria for the induction assessment you won't be enrolled onto the course and you won't have any fee liability. You will not incur any fees during the induction period.

Enrolment onto the qualification will take place once you have passed the induction assessment and have funding in place for the course fees.

If you wish to withdraw, you may cancel your enrolment by notifying the Administration Team in writing (by e-mail) prior to day 14 and you will owe nothing. After 14 days, you will be charged a percentage of the course fee.

The course consists of 5 units and 5 exams as follows; all 5 units and 5 exams must be passed in order to achieve the qualification. All of the units within this qualification are mandatory. The first 4 units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments.

This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment which is your final exam which will be sat towards the end of the qualification. The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the whole course syllabus. During the synoptic exam your knowledge will be tested on multiple topics covered from units 1 – 5.

Bookkeeping Transactions

• Understanding financial transactions within a bookkeeping system • Processing customer transactions • Processing supplier transactions • Processing receipts and payments • Processing transaction through the ledgers to the trial balance

Bookkeeping Controls

• Understanding payment methods • Understanding controls in a bookkeeping system • Using control accounts • Using the journal • Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book

Elements of Costing

• Understanding an organisation’s cost recording system • Using a cost recording system to record or extract data

Working Effectively in Finance

• Understanding an organisation’s finance function • Using numeracy, literacy and communication skills • Working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’ responsibilities • Understanding ethical values, principles and importance of confidentiality • Understanding and explaining benefits to organisations of sustainable values

Using Accounting Software

• Recording and processing customer and supplier transactions • Recording and reconciling bank and cash transactions • Processing and using journals to enter accounting transaction • Production of reports for customers and suppliers • Production of a trial balance and general ledger reports

The assessment method for this course is via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is a combination of computer based assessments and exams.


4 end of unit assessments exams and 1 synoptic assessment exam. Learners are responsible for booking the exams at an approved AAT examination in their local area.

NB: Exam fees will vary dependent on the approved examination centre's fees.

What could I progress on to?

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.

A student completing this qualification will develop skills in double-entry bookkeeping and will understand how to use journals, control accounts and a trial balance. Students will also learn how to use an accounting software package, how to process financial information in accordance with company procedures and schedules, and how to provide information to colleagues, suppliers and/or customers as required.

The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

• an accounts administrator • an accounts assistant • an accounts payable clerk
• a purchase/sales ledger clerk • a trainee accounting technician • a trainee finance assistant

The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher-level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced and Professional Accounting Qualifications:

• AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting • AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting

For example, double-entry bookkeeping at Foundation level is the basis for Advanced Bookkeeping in the Advanced Diploma, which leads on to Financial Statements of Limited Companies in the Professional Diploma. Students are introduced to costing at Foundation level, which is then developed in the Management Accounting unit in the Advanced Diploma, and expanded further in the Professional Diploma.



What's included?

• Access to interactive online course materials • Dedicated qualified ELearning assessor support • Marking and feedback: course progress tests and assignments are marked by your assessor with full feedback • E-Welcome study support pack • ELearning administration team regularly check-in with you to support and guide you • AAT admission and membership fee • Exam fee (excludes re-sit fees) • Sage 50 Accounts Professional software limited licence applies (Windows PC required)

ID/Documentation Requirements

• Completion of application form • Provide an up-to-date CV • Produce evidence of your prior attainment level (eg certificates) • Provide a form of ID, eg valid passport. If you don't have a passport please contact 01424 458491 for advice on accepted forms of ID • Complete the AAT Skill Check • Informal interview with an AAT course assessor

Funding options:

  • Self-funded
  • Employer funded

You can pay all or part of the fee yourself. The first payment is due once your assessor has confirmed you have passed the induction unit. You must pay this before you can proceed with the course. Fees are not refundable except when the College cancels, relocates or changes the time and date of a course for any reason. Students are liable for the balance of any fees remaining unpaid should they withdraw early. Please note the College offers a range of instalment plans to allow you to stagger your payments by Direct Debit.

Independant financial advice

It is important you consider your own circumstances and look into all options. You can access free independent financial advice from The Money Advice Service https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

Spreading the cost

Payment in instalments is available for courses costing over £200 that last longer than 15 weeks.

• For course fees above £400, a deposit of 25% is required once you pass the induction and are enrolled. This is then followed by three equal instalments during the course • The instalment payments can be taken either on a debit/credit card (must still be in date by the third instalment), or alternatively you may pay by Direct Debit • If you would like to pay by instalments, you will need to complete the fee payment form on application • Employer funded - If you’re being supported by your employer or a sponsor, you’ll need to provide a letter of authorisation on application


You will not incur any fees during the induction period.

If you wish to withdraw, you may cancel your enrolment by notifying the ELearning Administration Team in writing (by e-mail) prior to day 14 and you will owe nothing. After 14 days, you will be charged a percentage of the course if you are paying with an instalment plan.
If you have paid your fees in full and an individual or employer cancels less than 14 working days before the start of the course then the College operates a ‘no refund policy’.

Additional Course Details for 18/19

  • Course code 30002
    Course name AAT (Level 2) Application Course
    Campus Offsite Premises
    Study mode
    Start date 01/08/16
    Duration 40 week (s)

Additional Course Details for 19/20

  • Course code 30002
    Course name AAT (Level 2) Application Course
    Campus Offsite Premises
    Study mode
    Start date 31/07/17
    Duration 40 week (s)

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