This is a fantastic opportunity to study bookkeeping as a short course or as part of a series of courses alongside the Access Award in Bookkeeping, the Access Award in Accounting Software and the Foundation Award in Accounting Software. These courses can be studied back-to-back over a year or alternatively individual courses can be taken based on what you want.
The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping is a 12-week programme with end-of-unit exams that delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard. It is a perfect way to learn more about bookkeeping.
There are no formal entry requirements, though a Level 1 qualification or equivalent in Maths would be an advantage.
The qualification is composed of two mandatory units, assessed in two end-of-unit assessments:
A student completing this qualification will develop practical accountancy skills in the double-entry bookkeeping system and in using associated documents and processes.
Students will be able to check transactions for accuracy, make entries in appropriate books and ledgers, and calculate sales invoices and credit notes. They will also cover more complex foundation level bookkeeping procedures, including dealing with VAT, reconciliation and trial balances, and will develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records.
There are end-of-unit computer-based assessments.
As part of your AAT course, you will need to purchase resource/text books to aid your revision. There may also be the additional cost of registration/subscription fees and exams (which can be discussed at interview).
AAT Fees = £48
Books = £20 per book (approx)
Assessments = £70 per assessment
AAT fee and cost for first exams is included.
Succesful completion could lead to progression to one of our other AAT courses.
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money. But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job." As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents.
That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team. Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum. It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.