What opportunities will this course give me?
The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:
-accounts payable clerk
-purchase/sales ledger clerk
-trainee accounting technician
-trainee finance assistant.
The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge needed for the higher-level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced and Professional Accounting Qualifications.
What will I be learning?
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance, covering a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units:
-Elements of Costing
-Using Accounting Software
-Work Effectively in Finance
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a business, finance or professional accountancy career or further education.
A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use accounting software and to develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and understanding of the business environment, all of which are included in the qualification.
Why is this course for me?
The course is delivered in college on a part-time basis either one full day per week or two evenings per week during term-time. Delivery is through a blend of tutor led sessions and independent study supported by tutorials and course materials through the colleges virtual learning environment.
Units are assessed individually in end-of-unit computer-based assessments, as well as a synoptic assessment, sat towards the end of the qualification, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.
What do I need to sign up?
Candidates will be required to attend an interview with the course tutor prior to commencing on the course and demonstrate an appropriate standard of Literacy and Numeracy.
Basic IT skills will also be required.
A pre-entry requirement for the course is the completion of an initial and diagnostic assessment in English and maths.
Is there anything else I need to know?
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a professional body and membership is required in order to undertake this qualification. Registration with the AAT must be made upon commencement of the course and will incur an additional cost.
Course text books will also be required and full details will be given upon commencement.
All students under the age of 19 at the start of the course without an A*-C grade in English and Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.
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Matt - Accountancy apprentice
A Level 2 accounting course at Eastleigh College whet Matt's appetite for accountancy and gave him the opportunity to gain work experience at a local accountancy firm. The following year he joined the firm as a Level 3 apprentice, and is now well on his way to completing a Level 4 qualification.