Accounting & Business

Qualification: AAT Foundation Diploma
Level 2

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About the course

Working in accountancy requires good communication and information technology skills, an understanding of the business environment and daily finance/accounting functions. Completing this course will provide you with a solid foundation in finance administration covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles, alongside complementary business communications and personal skills. It will prepare you to progress to junior and entry level accounting roles or further studies.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

The AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business covers a broad range of core accounting skills, as well as accountancy-related business skills and communications and personal skills. It comprises nine mandatory units:

  • Bookkeeping transactions
  • Bookkeeping controls
  • Elements of costing
  • Using accounting software
  • Work effectively in finance
  • Business communications and personal skills
  • Developing lifelong learning skills
  • Introduction to business and company law
  • Introduction to payroll

100% exam

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (including English and maths grade A*-B/9-6)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 1 year Main
What next?
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business
  • Relevant work or apprenticeship

The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Trainee finance assistant
  • Payroll clerk
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Work experience
  • Local industry events
  • Employment fairs and talks
  • Industry week activities