This short course, studied over 16 weeks, will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to manage books effectively – including double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping. This internationally recognised AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification enables those working in accounting, or those who are looking to pursue accountancy as a career, to gain knowledge, practical experience and the all-important certification often sought by employers.

This qualification can be used as a fast track to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

The course is made up of the following two units:
Introduction to Bookkeeping
Principles of Bookkeeping Controls

Learning outcomes:

The Level 2 course covers a range of key areas, including:
Understand financial transactions within a bookkeeping system
Process customer transactions
Process supplier transactions
Process receipts and payments
Process transactions through the ledgers to the trial balance
Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
Use control accounts
Use the journal
*Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book

  • Entry requirements

    Applicant must have level 2 in English & Maths along with advanced level of IT skills. Previous knowledge of accounting or a Level 1 Bookkeeping qualification would be advantageous but not essential. An interview is required, and learners may be asked to take an entry test.

  • Who is the course for?

    Learners who wish to gain a professional qualification and are aiming to be employed in an accounting or financial environment. This Level 2 course is part-funded/fully-funded* , so the cost for students is reduced.

  • Study methods

    Please note this is not an online course the learner has to attend college once every week for 16 weeks. The aim is to provide a good theoretical understanding of bookkeeping and control accounts by delivering class room teaching and learning activities. There will be classroom teaching using PPT, class activities from the text book and mock assessments before each learner will take their final exam on AAT online portal. In addition to college attendance, students must be prepared to commit to at least fifteen hours’ study time per week.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course is assessed through a total of two computer-based exams, taken at the end of each unit.

  • More information

    Once enrolled, you will be required to register with AAT and pay the student membership fee directly to AAT. We can help you with this in class.

    For more information about enrolling, please contact Sheila McCarthy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    Accounting support staff, Finance Assistant/Administrator

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    On successful completion of this course, and achieving a Merit grade, you can progress to higher levels of the AAT Accounting Qualification (Level 3 and then on to Level 4).

    Learners completing the AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping Level 2 may wish to go on and complete the full AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2. If you do choose to continue your studies in this way, then your achievements in the Bookkeeping qualification are carried over to the longer Accounting qualification.

    Under the National Skills Fund initiative, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of your Level 3 study. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

  • How to apply

    To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

    >> Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
    >>Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:
    Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Course starting Feb 2024

Starts 21 February 2024

Duration 16 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday
18:00 - 21:00

Course starting Feb 2025

Starts 19 February 2025

Duration 16 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Wednesday
18:00 - 21:00