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At DCG you can study AAT qualifications that are universally respected and internationally recognised. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the professional organisation you will join, enabling you to draw on the expertise of AAT members worldwide. DCG offers AAT qualifications that can be tailored to suit your needs.

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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: 36
Hours: 6.00
Start: 10/09/2024
Tuition: £1265.00
Days/Times: Tuesday & Thursday 17:00-20:00
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

The Level 2 Certificate in Accounting part-time course at DCG is a great choice for those of you who wish to study accountancy and finance alongside a range of business and personal skills.  AAT qualifications are ideal for students studying for a career in finance, people already working in accountancy, and self-employed business owners. 

This qualification is designed to offer you the foundation accounting knowledge needed to progress to employment or further study in accountancy and finance, as well as transferable business and personal skills.  This qualification is also ideal for those changing career who would like additional support in upskilling to enter, or re-enter, a business environment.

AAT offers a bursary for anyone 16 years old or over – check your eligibility here: 

Skills and Education Group also provides grants which are designed to help overcome social barriers and allow those who wish to study to advance their skills in education.

You will need a minimum of grade 4 (C) in Maths and a good standard of English or you may have experience of working in an accounts office.  

You will be required to complete an interview prior to the course and AAT recommends that students use AAT Skillcheck to ensure that they’re ready to start on a particular qualification.  The AAT Skillcheck will also be completed during the Induction Week with teaching staff.  It would benefit you to have completed the Level 1 in Bookkeeping, but this is not essential. 

In order to be successful on this course, you will need to be highly motivated and commit to out-of-class learning and revision.

This qualification comprises four mandatory units:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
  • Principles of Costing
  • The Business Environment

Completing this qualification will develop your accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing, as well as giving you an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. You will gain an understanding of accounting software and develop the professional skills and behaviours needed to contribute effectively in the workplace. Working in accountancy requires good communication skills, IT skills and an understanding of the business environment, all of which are covered by this qualification. 

The qualification also helps you to develop additional business skills that are relevant to those working in accountancy, finance and general business roles. You will be introduced to elements of commercial law that might have an impact on a business when working in accountancy, such as contract law, employment law and company law.

This course will be delivered face to face on-site.

As part of your AAT course, you will need to purchase resource/textbooks to aid your revision.  There may also be the additional cost of exam fees and exams (which can be discussed at interview).

The cost is £1265 (*AAT membership and the cost for the first exams is included.)

Please note the cost is subject to revision.

This qualification is available under Adult Education Funding (AEB) – please discuss this at interview. 

AAT offers a bursary for anyone 16 years old or over – check your eligibility here: 

Skills and Education Group also provides grants which are designed to help overcome social barriers and allow those who wish to study to advance their skills in education.

This qualification is assessed by externally marked assessments.

All assessments in this qualification:

  • are set and marked by AAT (with the exception of RPL, which is marked by the training provider)
  • are computer-based
  • are time-limited
  • are scheduled by training providers or assessment venues
  • take place at approved training providers and assessment venues under controlled conditions

Units may be assessed by:

  • unit assessment only
  • unit assessment and as part of the synoptic assessment
  • synoptic assessment only

After the course, you could progress to a further part-time course such as the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.  Alternatively, you may wish to go into employment in an accounts or business environment.  We can help you if you are considering another AAT course, an apprenticeship programme or a full-time Business course.

Financial services are a recognised area for skills development.  The sector includes employment opportunities providing bookkeeping for small companies or, with further study, other careers in professional and financial services including corporate recovery, insolvency services and forensic accounting.

Skills developed through this qualification could lead to employment in roles such as:

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Purchase/Sales Ledger Clerk
  • Trainee Accounting Technician
  • Trainee Finance Assistant

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 17, 2024 1:30 pm