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AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

ICS Learn


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What will I learn?

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The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is a short online course which’ll give you essential bookkeeping skills, including double-entry bookkeeping and Trial Balance standard.

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications, so it’s perfect if you’re in or seeking an entry-level bookkeeping role. It’ll also suit you if you’re just starting out on your accountancy career, or if you want to bring practical bookkeeping knowledge to your current position.

The course is accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the UK’s largest professional body for accounting technicians, so it’s internationally recognised and sought-after by employers.

It's highly flexible, so you can set your own timetable and study at your own pace. Live online classrooms during lunchtimes, evenings, and weekends make it easy to fit learning around your life.

Plus, you’ll be supported throughout your studies by your professional AAT tutor and our excellent student support team.

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (AQ2016 Syllabus) is worth 16 UCAS credits. It sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework at Level 2, or Level 5 in the Scottish system.

This course has a Total Qualification Time (TQT) value of 160 hours. The TQT is a measure of how long it will take to complete a qualification and includes the Guided Learning Hours as well as any unsupervised learning and time spent on independent research.

To achieve the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping, you need to complete two units:

  • Bookkeeping transactions
  • Bookkeeping controls

What do I need to know?

You don't need any prior qualifications to enrol on the AAT Foundation Bookkeeping course, so it's perfect if you have no or minimal accounting experience. It'll qualify you for a number of bookkeeping and accountancy jobs and provide progression to AAT study at higher levels. You should have reasonable numeracy and communication skills and an interest in business and finance. You must be over 19, and if English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.

Awarding Body

Association of Accounting Technicians

Course info


Professional or Industry specific qualification

Study Hours

105 hours

Study mode




Total time for completion

3 months

Who runs this course?




ICS Learn is the world's most experienced distance and online learning organisation . We have been a pioneer in teaching skills and qualifications at a distance for over 127 years, giving you the opportunity to learn while earning and to fulfil your ambitions. Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible, allowing you to get the skills, training and qualifications you want, in a way that lets you decide when, where and how you learn. Whatever your objectives are, we are here to help, support and guide you through your journey.  

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