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

At a glance

  • Part Time - Wednesday 09:15-12:30

  • 1 Year

  • Pibwrlwyd Campus & Online

This framework is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance. The purpose of the course is to offer grounding in core accounting knowledge and skills. 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.

This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as adults returning to work after a break or anyone wishing to change career.

Programme Features

Students completing this qualification will develop a broad range of accounting skills, as well as accountancy related business and personal skills. Double-entry bookkeeping, basic costing and an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers are also covered. Students will gain an understanding of accounting software and develop skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace.  This includes communication and IT skills and an understanding of the business environment.

This course is delivered using a blended learning approach which combines face-to-face and online activities in a seamless and complementary flow of learning.

Students will be supported by a training adviser 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.

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

Programme content

The AAT Certificate in Accounting covers a range of accounting and finance and business skills in four mandatory units:

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

The first three units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments.  The fourth unit, is a synoptic assessment that draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from the other units.

Essential Skills Wales qualifications in Communication and Application of Number at Level 2 are included in the framework unless exemptions apply.

Participation in work place reviews with a training adviser and employer will be undertaken on a regular basis.

Progression and employment

The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable students 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 in Accounting (level 3) and Diploma in Professional Accounting (level 4) qualifications.

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 – offering greater flexibility for 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. Students should expect to spend around 4-5 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you will benefit from regular classes with a college tutor who will also 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.

Method of assessment

Assessments in this qualification are computer based and time restricted.

Students will be presented with a range of question types and formats in the assessment. These may include multiple-choice questions, extended written responses, 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. Students with any relevant school or college qualifications, a degree or some accounting experience, in certain circumstances may be entitled to claim exemptions.

Additional costs

Students will be required to pay for exams if multiple resits are necessary.

Students need to provide their own stationery and textbooks (if required).  Additional costs may be incurred if the department arranges educational visits.

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Coleg Sir Gar is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08539630 and is a registered charity No. 1152522. 
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