In brief


Who’s it for?

Entry requirements

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AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

Anyone wishing to start a career in bookkeeping or accounting


10th June 2019

Boom Training, Southampton centre

£850 (payment options available)

023 8000 4210 or fill out an Enquiry Form

Book before 17th May and/or book 2 or more places to receive a 10% discount on the fee!

Why choose this course?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides the ideal entry point for anyone interested in a career in bookkeeping or accounting.  Manual bookkeeping underpins all accountancy and finance roles and this course helps candidates develop a strong foundation they can build on.


Our course fees include:

  • Student membership of the AAT which provides a whole range of benefits, including:
    – e-learning materials
    – ‘Green Light’ tests to help prepare for exams
    – career advice
  • All exam fees
  • The course textbook recommended by AAT


Attendance at workshops means high quality tuition and support form a highly experienced AAT professional tutor and the opportunity to share the learning journey with other candidates who all bring different experience to the group.


On achieving the qualification, candidates are qualified to work in a range of junior finance roles such as trainee bookkeeper, accounts clerk, finance assistant or accounts administrator.  They can also progress to a range of more advanced AAT qualifications such as the Advanced Diploma in Accounting.



Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements although we do recommend GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent.



Course content and assessment

There are two mandatory units in the qualification:


Bookkeeping transactions

This unit introduces candidates to the double-entry bookkeeping system and associated documents and processes.  On completion they will be able to:

  • understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
  • Process customer and supplier transactions
  • Process receipts and payments
  • Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance


Bookkeeping controls

This unit is about control account, journals and methods of payment.  It takes students through reconciliation processes and the use of the journal to the stage of re-drafting the trial balance following initial adjustments.  The unit enables candidates to develop their understanding of the relationship between various accounting records and consolidate knowledge of double-entry bookkeeping.  Through this they will gain the confidence to perform well in the workplace and take on greater responsibility.  On completion they will be able to:

  • Understand payment methods
  • Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
  • Use control accounts
  • Use the journal
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book



Both units are assessed through an online, computer-based assessment.  The assessments are timed and invigilated at our centre.


Mode of study

Learning takes place through a combination of:

  • attendance at workshops (see course schedule below for info)
  • self study using online e-learning and practice tests from AAT as well as a text book


Course Schedule

The qualification takes 12 weeks to complete using our standard study model although this is flexible and can be extended to suit individual needs.  Workshops run on Monday mornings from 09:30 to 12:30.


The next course starts on 10th June 2019


Course fees

The fee for this course is £850.  Remember – this fee includes everything – there are no hidden extras.  In some circumstances, it may be possible to pay in instalments.



Outcomes and progression

Successful candidates receive the Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.  There are a range of progression possibilities such as the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting or the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship programme.


For more information

Please call 023 8000 4210 or fill out an enquiry form to find out more.