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Apprenticeship - AAT Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 (Blended Learning)

Programme Description

This framework is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the accountancy profession. A foundation apprenticeship is a work based learning programme at level two where the learner is earning while learning.  The apprentice will be employed and receive at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage. The apprentice will attend college on a day release basis and should achieve the level two foundation apprenticeship framework within the agreed timescale.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  It will take up to 12 months to complete the Foundation Apprenticeship framework dependent on ability and prior experience.

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features

A student completing this qualification will develop skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. 

All learners will be supported by a training adviser/assessor who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis and will liaise closely with the employer to ensure that qualifications are achieved within timescales.  They will also assess the apprentice in the workplace as required.

AAT will require all students to register with the Professional Body. Restrictions to membership may apply. More information is available at

Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model.

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which 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. Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 4-5 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Programme Content

The AAT Certificate in Accounting covers the following units: 

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping 
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls 
  • Principles of Costing 
  • The Business Environment 

Three units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessment.  This qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across a number of units.

The course also includes both Essential Skills in Communication and Application of Number at Level 2 (Exemptions may apply).

Progression & Employment

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. 

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

  • Accounts administrator 
  • Accounts assistant 
  • Accounts payable clerk 
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk 
  • Trainee accounting technician 
  • Trainee finance assistant 

The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification will enable students to  progress onto the Diploma (level 3) and Professional Diploma (level 4) Accounting Qualifications.

Method of Assessment

The assessments in this qualification are computer based with a time restriction. 

Students will be presented with a range of question types and formats in the assessment. These may include multiple-choice questions, numeric gap-fill questions, or question tools that replicate workplace activities, such as making entries in a journal. 

Entry Requirements

AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Certificate in Accounting. However, entry to the apprenticeship is dependent upon suitable employment and subject to a successful interview.

For the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths. If students do have any other relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, these may in certain circumstances entitle students to claim exemptions.

Additional Costs

Learners will be required to pay for exams if multiple reits are necessary.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.

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