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Accounting AAT Level 2 Certificate at Bedford College

Course description

This course will provide you with the first stage of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 Certificate in Accountancy. The AAT is the world’'s leading body for accounting technicians, making this course essential for anyone looking to develop a career in accounting or finance.

Course content

During this course you will study a range of topics, including:

  • AAT Access Level 1
  • Basic accounting
  • Working effectively in accounting and finance
  • Basic costing
  • Computerised accounts.

Entry requirements

In order to begin this course you will need:

  • a minimum of three GCSEs grade A-C, including maths and English, OR
  • a Business Administration Level 1 Award, OR 
  • an equivalent Level 1 qualification.


Entry is also subject to a successful interview.


You will be assessed throughout the course, via both computer-based assessments and computer-based examinations.

Financial information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you can progress onto Accounting Level 2. Accounting technicians are skilled staff employed in jobs ranging from clerks to accounts department managers. They are increasingly required in industry and commerce, so if you have AAT qualifications at any level your career prospects will be excellent. You could also continue your studies by progressing on to the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), or the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

Further information

Additional independent study outside of College will be regularly expected. The professional examinations require a high standard of preparation and considerable commitment if success is to be achieved. In addition to the course fees you will also be required to pay a resource fee of up to approximately £100 to cover the costs of books and £25 for any trips/visits. The course fee covers the cost of one exam for all units, so re-sits will need to be paid for if qualifying conditions have not been met. An additional £50 resource fee will also need to be paid on induction.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.

Last updated date: 04 February 2016
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