AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Apprenticeship)

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AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Apprenticeship):

This course is the first level of the full AAT qualification. It is ideal for you if you are currently working in accounting, or want to work in accountancy or finance.

You will study: Bookkeeping Transactions (Preparing and recording financial documentation through to trial balance); Bookkeeping Controls (Use of control accounts and reconciliations to detect errors and the correction of these errors using journals); Using Accounting Software (Processing accounting data using Sage 50 and generation of reports); Elements of Costing (cost recording and analysis, inventory management and valuation) and Working effectively in finance (covering communication skills, understanding of role and function, managing self and team working, ethics and corporate social responsibility).

Lessons will involve workshops, lectures, group work, directed study, computer packages, tutorials and individual work. Each unit is assessed by a computer based exam set and marked by the AAT. These 5 exams will be held in class time wherever possible, but it may be necessary to hold the computerised accounting exam outside of class time, dates and times will be given to you at the start of the course. In addition as an apprentice you will need to study functional skills in Maths and English at level 1 unless you have an exemption. Exemptions are offered for GCSEs at grade A-C in the last five years. You will also complete and "Employer Rights and Responsibilities" workbook during the course.

Students who are successful on this course can gain suitable positions in an accounting/financial environment or gain promotion within their organisation. Successful students who meet the attendance requirements will be offered a place on the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Additional entry requirements

You should have achieved GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above. If you do not have GCSEs you can sit a diagnostic test to assess your literacy and numeracy. This will let us see if you will be able to meet the entry requirements. In addition you will need to have obtained a GCSE in English and Maths to at least grade C/4 or equivalent within the last 5 years or a grade A at any time in the past. If you do not have these then functional skills exams in Maths and English will need to be undertaken. Places are offered by interview only.

Awarding body

Association of Accounting Technicians

Course reference: AFBKB151OCAP (use this when contacting provider)

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Solihull, B91 1SB


10 months


Full time


Young Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship at Level 2


Beginner IntermediateAdvanced

More info: This course is free for students aged 16 to 18 years. Adults may need to pay their fees. Additional costs will include: AAT membership £131 (including admission fee £41); Books (after applying Solihull College student discount) £75.40. Price may vary depending on individual circumstances.
The standard course runs from September to June with a variety of attendance modes. January start options are also available.

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