Course Details

  • Do you want to start on the path to a successful career in accountancy? Do you want to develop a good, solid understanding of finance in business, but do not possess any previous experience or qualifications? If so, then this fully accredited AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is the course for you.

    This Level 2 course is the first stage of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification pathway, and will introduce you to a range of essential accounting principles, including double entry bookkeeping, basic costing procedures, sales ledgers and computerised accounting.

    You will study transactions and controls and use a variety of accountancy software, all the while developing the skills and abilities you will need in order to work effectively in the finance industry.

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course, and it is ideal for anyone wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of the accounting world – whether you are just starting out or progressing from an AAT Access course. You will be assessed to check your foundational English and Mathematics skills, along with a brief accounting assessment and a short interview to gauge your level of knowledge.

    If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, we would advise you to contact AAT directly for advice, as they may not accept members with these circumstances.

  • During this AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting, your work will be assessed through a mix of examinations and computer based projects. Following the introduction of the new AQ016 standard, there will now also be a Synoptic Assessment as part of the course.

  • When you have completed this course, you will have the qualification needed to progress onto the AAT Advanced Diploma for Accounting Technicians, with us here at The Manchester College. This qualification is highly regarded by employers in both the private and public sectors.

    This Foundation Certificate will set you on the right path to a successful career in the finance and business industries, opening up a number of roles and opportunities.


  • There are a number of funding and finance options to assist with the costs of the tuition fees for this course and any other costs associated with studying at college. These include special grants and bursaries, as well as dedicated loans just for education. You can find out those relevant and available to you on our fees, finance and funding page.


  • Want to find out more about this course? Get in touch via our website, our dedicated Course Enquiries team, or drop into the St Johns campus. We also host interview evenings and open days. See our website for details.

    Our course enquiries team are more than happy to answer any questions you have about this course in particular or about college life in general.