Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting

AAT (Standard Pathway)


Level 2

Career Sector

Financial Sector & Professional Services

Available At


Start Date


Course overview

Interested in a career in Accounting? This Level 2 course is your ideal starting point. Accountants are needed in all walks of life – working in the very smallest and the very largest of businesses. Wealthy individuals and celebrities also need accountants to keep their affairs in order.

You will learn basic bookkeeping skills including double entry, how to categorise and analyse costs, how to use Sage software and the basic skills needed to work in accounting and finance. You will also gain business communication, spreadsheet, payroll and study skills.

Entry requirements

  • At least four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths.

What will I study?

You will be taught basic bookkeeping concepts with an emphasis on the development of practical skills and the underlying theory.

You will complete four computer based assessments, which take place after the teaching of each unit has been completed. You will also complete an additional computer based assessment, which covers all the units you have studied.


Bookkeeping Transactions

Bookkeeping Controls

Elements of Costing

Using Accounting Software

Working Effectively in Finance

Why study AAT (Standard Pathway) at USP College?

You will gain practical skills valued by employers and will be well equipped to either find employment as a bookkeeper or continue with your studies at Level 3 and 4, both of which can lead to a range of university degree courses or further accounting studies including ACCA and CIMA qualifications.

A period of work experience will be built into your course so that you can gain practical experience in your chosen area and practice and develop your skills.

Many of your tutors will be practicing accountants or former finance professionals, who are able to bring real life examples into their teaching and discuss your chosen career path with you.

What could I do next?

You could:

  • AAT Accounting Level 3 and Level 4 at USP College.
  • Become a Bookkeeper or Accounts Trainee. Former students have gone on to work for accountancy practices in Essex and London.
  • Complete further accounting qualifications, such as ACCA and CIMA qualifications.
  • Continue your studies at university. Many students have continued their studies at university, taking degrees in Accounting and/or Finance, while others have taken further professional examinations which secured their Chartered Accountant status.
  • An Apprenticeship.


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