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Where will this course lead?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) is ideal for 16 to 19 year-old students who wish to pursue a career in accountancy, finance and business. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is the world's leading professional body for Accounting Technicians.

The 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.

Full-time students will start on the Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) as the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) assumes that you have the technical knowledge and skills from level 2.

What will I study?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers a range of foundation accounting and finance skills in five mandatory units. These are as follows:

· Bookkeeping Transactions

· Bookkeeping Controls

· Elements of Costing

· Using Accounting Software

· Work Effectively in Finance (assessed via the Foundation Certificate Synoptic Assessment)

· Foundation Certificate Synoptic Assessment

How will this course be delivered?

The units will be delivered through taught classes, workshops, computer work, tutorials, group work, individual work and independently directed self-study, including homework.

Skills will also be developed through group project work, presentations and fun activities for learning. Students will also need to complete at least a one-week work placement as part of their studies.

What qualifications will I get?

AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2).

How will I be assessed?

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) comprises of five mandatory units. Four units are assessed individually in end-of-unit assessments but this qualification also includes a synoptic assessment that students sit towards the end of the qualification. The synoptic assessment draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

Students must successfully complete four-unit assessments and one synoptic assessment to achieve this qualification. All of the assessments are computer-based and are set and marked by the AAT.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview only.

What are the entry requirements?

We expect you to have at least five Grade 5/4s or above in your G.C.S.E.s, and they must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics. An academic reference from your last educational institution will also be called upon and the content of this reference should on the whole be quite favourable (re attendance, punctuality, behaviour, etc).

If you have any learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview and during the course.

What else do I need to know?

The course runs from September to June.

It is expected that students will be on time and attend all timetabled sessions.

The target for all students is 100% attendance at all timetabled sessions. The importance of this target and of arriving promptly for each class will be discussed during the induction period.

You will need to arrange your own work placement (minimum of 30 hours across the whole of the academic year) during the autumn term so that it can be completed later on in the academic year.

You will be expected to dress formally every day. This will be discussed during the interview process.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2), we will actively encourage you to enter the workplace and combine work with further part time study. You will have the knowledge and skills for many positions in an accounting / financial / business environment.

You can continue to further your studies on the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 3) course for one year and then complete the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting (Level 4) course. The AAT Professional Diploma course lasts for one year and one term. These two levels could be completed under an apprenticeship.

Some students who choose to continue studying can gain exemptions from various accountancy bodies including the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

Location

Blossomfield Campus

Start Date

Sept-2022

Day

Various

Time

TBC

Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

Course Code

AFCBA151BCF0

Study Mode

Full Time

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Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?

£17,680
NATIONAL AVERAGE

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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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