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AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2 - Daytime & Evenings


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16-18 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • All Full Time Courses

19-23 Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Students studying their first level 2 course (Some level 2 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Students studying their first level 3 course (Some level 3 courses are not included, so please check with Student Services)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 or 2 course (see list of benefits below)

24+ Students (Age at 31st August)

  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 1 course (see list of benefits below)
  • Unemployed, looking for work and on an acceptable benefit studying a level 2 course (see list of benefits below)


  • Apprenticeships are free of charge for the learner (you are actually paid a salary!)
  • There is no upper age restriction to enrol onto an Apprenticeship programme, so long as you are 16+ years old.
  • Working hours are usually between 30-40 hours per week which includes your release to College.
  • There may be a fee for the employer willing to support you, but this depends on a few factors.

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List of benefits

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • ESA (WRAG) (Work Related Activity Group)
  • Universal Credit (Must be unemployed and required to undertake skills training)
  • Wider Benefits – see list below

Wider benefits that are acceptable

In all cases the learner must:

  • Be unemployed (i.e. not in any paid employment)
  • Want to enter employment but need skills training to do so
  • Sign the waiver agreement confirming the above
  • Show current proof of the benefit

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Child's Special Allowance

Council Tax Benefit, administered by local authorities

Disability Living Allowance [Being replaced by Personal Independent Payments] (If paid to learner)

Graduated retirement benefit

Guardian's Allowance

Housing Benefit, administered by local authorities

Income Support

Pensions payable under the Industrial Death Benefit scheme

Reduced Earnings Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

Retirement Allowance, see industrial disablement benefit above

War Widow's pension

Widow’s pension

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Working Tax Credit. (If paid to spouse, not the learner)

Reference: Funding Rules Version 2020-21

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More information about this Course

Course Overview
The AAT accounting qualification is the ideal qualification for anyone wanting to work as an accounting technician. This vocational course provides the knowledge and skills to perform the tasks demanded by this role. It offers you the chance to gain a useful and practical qualification whilst learning at your own pace.

What Qualifications Or Experience Do I Need?
No formal entry requirements. The programme leader will give all students individual advice. Please check with AAT for current annual joining fees and membership fees (

How Long Is The Course?
College attendance is 3 hours per week but an average of 5 hours home study is also required. The course runs for 1 year (36 weeks).

What Will I Learn?
At this level, you will start to develop your skills in double entry bookkeeping and gain a grasp of management and administrave processes. You will learn basic costing principles, how to use manual and computerised accounting systems and how to work with purchase, sales and general ledgers and costing. Units include: processing bookkeeping, transactions, control accounts, journals and the banking system, working effectively in accounting and finance, basic costing, computerised accounting.

How Will I Learn?
A variety of teaching methods are used, including formal teaching, guided/individual work and workshops.

How Will I Be Assessed?
All assessment for the revised qualification will be computer-based assessments (CBAs). CBAs directly reflect the practical workplace tasks that you currently perform, or will perform, in your career.

Where Could This Course Lead To?
Natural progression to Level 3, then Level 4 to attain full membership of AAT or employment in an accounting role. Members of AAT go on to study for membership of the senior accounting bodies such as CIMA, Certified Accountants.

Attendance Mode
Part Time - Daytime, Part Time - Evening

Course Type
Full Time & Part Time

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