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Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

This is a fantastic opportunity to study bookkeeping as a short course

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management
Adult and Community
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 14
Hours: 7.50
Start: 25/02/2022
Tuition: £724
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

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 you can take individual courses 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:

Bookkeeping Transactions

  • Bookkeeping Controls

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.


You will learn on-site 

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).

AEB Funded: please discuss at enrolment

AAT Fees = £48

Books = £20 per book (approx)

Assessments = £70 per assessment

AAT fee and cost for first exams is included.

There are end-of-unit computer-based assessments.

Further Study

Succesful completion could lead to progression to one of our other AAT courses.


The Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping can lead to employment as a:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator

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Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks


Book-keepers, Payroll Managers and Wages Clerks

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:35 pm