What Will I Learn
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in
five mandatory units:
• Bookkeeping Transactions
• Bookkeeping Controls
• Elements of Costing
• Using Accounting Software
• Work Effectively in Finance
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that students are well prepared to progress into a career in
business, finance or professional accountancy, or into further education.
A student completing this qualification will develop accountancy skills in double-entry bookkeeping and basic
costing, as well as an understanding of purchase, sales and general ledgers. Students will learn to use
accounting software and to 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.
What Will This Qualification Lead To
The accountancy skills developed by studying this qualification will enable a student to seek employment with
confidence and/or to progress to the next level of learning.
A student completing this qualification will develop skills in double-entry bookkeeping and will understand how
to use journals, control accounts and a trial balance. Students will also learn how to use an accounting
software package, how to process financial information in accordance with company procedures and
schedules, and how to provide information to colleagues, suppliers and/or customers as required.
The finance, accountancy, business and communications skills developed in the AAT Foundation Certificate in
Accounting can lead to employment as:
• an accounts administrator
• an accounts assistant
• an accounts payable clerk
• a purchase/sales ledger clerk
• a trainee accounting technician
• a trainee finance assistant
The accountancy and finance knowledge developed in this qualification is also the underpinning knowledge
needed for the higher-level accountancy and financial skills developed in the AAT Advanced and Professional
This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration – covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software.
The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance.