AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping

The AAT level 2 bookkeeping qualification will help individuals start their bookkeeping career in any industry. This course has no experience requirement, only your desire to learn. KBM will provide you with bookkeeping work experience as our qualified accountants and tutors will help you though your assessments and exams with confidence.

Studying at KBM

Through the AAT level 2 bookkeeping qualification, KBM will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified bookkeeper. You will gain the competency and practical experience required to perform bookkeeping roles. Our tutors will guide you to understand the basic double-entry concepts of bookkeeping and costing principles. Upon completion, you will have the option to work towards a full AAT qualification. 

KBM will also provide you an opportunity to gain practical work experience in bookkeeping, working on actual client files alongside our high calibre accountants, building your confidence as you are trained in multiple accounting software. This qualification greatly enhances your employability potential as a bookkeeper.

Success factors at KBM

KBM will help you in passing exams and assessments. We have an over than 95% success rates. The success factors at KBM are:

  • AAT accredited and approved training provider
  • Expert classroom-based support
  • Integration of practical training with AAT subjects; the best combination of study and practical
  • A dedicated e-portfolio, we can book your training at any time at our North, West and East London and Birmingham centres
  • Free e-portfolio to track your performance and training milestones integrated into academic modules of the AAT
  • CPD Certification essential to become an AAT Member integrated with all AAT Levels.
  • Availability of weekend and evening classes
  • Three certificates (AAT, CPD and one from either SAGE, XERO or QuickBooks
  • Support on CV preparation, mock interview and job hunting

Distance learning options

KBM offers an option for distance-learning for those who prefer independent study at their own pace and time towards their preferred completion date.

This would be ideal for individuals who require the flexibility to suit their daily schedule.

KBM will provide the study and practice materials in line with the AAT requirements, and our tutors will support through the online student portal during the tenure of the program.

Entry requirements

No previous accounting qualification or experience is required for the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. However, a good standard of literacy in English and math are required. 

This qualification is ideal for school or university leavers, as well for individuals considering a career change.

Registration with the AAT will be required before starting this course. The AAT will provide an AAT student number required for the exams/assessments.

Progression opportunities

The AAT level 2 certification in bookkeeping will allow you to pursue employment opportunities in the accountancy and finance. You will be qualified to perform the following roles:

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

Upon completion of this programme, you have the option to progress your studies towards the AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping.

Average salary range

Depending on experience, bookkeeping roles may vary from £15,000 to £28,000 annually.


This AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping generally takes around three months with 6-8 hours of weekly study.

AAT bookkeeping level 2 syllabus

The AAT level 2 bookkeeping programme will enable you to process daily business transactions, including both manual and computerised bookkeeping. This course will provide a broad coverage and understanding of the traditional double-entry bookkeeping system which underpins accounting processes globally.

The syllabus has two mandatory units:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls

Bookkeeping Transactions

In the first unit of this AAT level 2 accounting qualification, you will gain the knowledge and skills of double-entry bookkeeping and its systems and processes. You will become familiar with various accounting books like the prime entry and ledger, to process and record financial documents.

At the end of this unit, you will gain the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of transactions within a bookkeeping
  • Processing of transactions of customers
  • Processing of transactions of suppliers 
  • Processing of payments and receipts
  • Processing of transactions from ledgers to trial balance

Bookkeeping Controls

In this unit, you will learn the functions of a journal, control accounts, and reconciling balances. It also covers the application of corrections and re-drafting where necessary. You will also study the banking system, and cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the purpose and use of control accounts and journals
  • Maintaining and using control accounts
  • Maintaining and using journal
  • Reconciling bank statements with the cash book
  • Processing of supplier invoices and calculate payments
  • Processing of credit notes and calculate payments
  • Understanding of retention and storage requirements for banking documents

Course assessments

Students will need to pass two exams (one exam for each module).

Assessment of units

The unit assessment will test your knowledge and skills gained in the study of that unit. The assessments are:

  • Available on demand (mostly throughout the year)
  • At AAT approved assessment venues. (KBM is an approved assessment venue.)
  • Computerised exam marking, results available within 24 hours
  • AAT assessors will mark your assessments where required

Getting your results

Results of your computerised assessment will be available within 24 hours in your MYAAT account. You can expect the result of assessments marked by AAT assessor to be available at a later date. AAT publishes the exams result on their website (timescales may vary).


You will need to achieve a minimum 70% competency level in each of the unit assessment and the synoptic assessment to be awarded the AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.


You will have an option to resit an assessment to improve your grading. AAT will calculate your final grade based on your highest marks. There are no restrictions on the number of times you may attempt the assessments, and there will be no employer engagement requirements for any fee-paying students.

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