The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping provides an entry point for anyone wishing to start a career in accountancy or finance. It may also support career progression for those already in employment by formally recognising their skills in manual bookkeeping. Studying the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping helps students to develop a strong foundation of bookkeeping knowledge and skills needed to work in accountancy and finance or to go on to study higher-level bookkeeping or accountancy.
The purpose of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is to ensure that students have the solid bookkeeping skills necessary for most finance roles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and tasks in two mandatory units.
The qualification is composed of two mandatory units, assessed in two end-of-unit assessments:
• Bookkeeping Transactions
• Bookkeeping Controls
The qualification is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. It offers progression for students who have started studying accountancy and bookkeeping with AAT. AAT does not set any prerequisites for the study of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, for the best chance of success, we recommend that students begin their studies with a good standard of English and maths.
Students completing this qualification will be able to confidently carry out typical bookkeeping transactions and
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to further study in bookkeeping or accountancy or to
• a clerical assistant
• a trainee bookkeeper
• an accounts clerk
• a finance assistant
• an accounts administrator
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.