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This course is eligible for a fee waiver

You may be entitled to a fee waiver for this course if you are aged 19 or over and unemployed / earning less than £17,004.00 per year.

Mode of study Part-time
Duration 18 Weeks
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 5 February 2021
Tuition Fee £362
Exam/Reg Fee £80
Course code PLR2BKP001 (2021B)
Runs on Friday
  • Who is it for?

    The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Bookkeeping qualification is suitable for a wide range of students who are interested in gaining skills in manual bookkeeping. This could include those with no prior knowledge of bookkeeping, or those who have some practical knowledge who would like an accredited qualification in the subject.

    The course has been specifically designed for:

    • People who are already working in finance and looking for formal recognition of their skills
    • People who have an interest in conducting bookkeeping services for local businesses and becoming a professional bookkeeper
    • Those who want to work in bookkeeping as part of a company’s finance department
    • Those not currently in employment or training who are looking to acquire skills to get into the workplace

    This course can be complemented by studying it alongside the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting.

    On successful completion of the course students will have the basic skills and knowledge to be able to understand the double-entry bookkeeping system and associated processes. They will also be able to maintain the journal and control accounts, reconcile balances and make corrections, and redraft the trial balance. This will be particularly attractive to those looking to start their own business as it gives them the essential skills to manage their books effectively. If you have achieved at Level 2, you may be eligible for progression on to the part time AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting or the Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements but strong numeracy and literacy skills are essential.

  • What does the course involve?

    You will need to attend college once a week over a 18 week period. To pass the qualification, you will need to complete 2 external exams on a pre-arranged date. Re-sits can be taken almost immediately.

    The topics covered include:

    • Comprehensive double-entry bookkeeping
    • Accounting for sales
    • Accounting for purchases
    • Maintaining a cashbook and petty cash book
    • Trial balance
    • Control accounts and reconciliations
    • Journals and suspense account
    • Banking system
  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessments in the qualification will be computer based assessments (CBAs). CBAs are an up to date method of assessment that directly reflect the practical tasks that you currently perform or will be performing in the workplace. CBAs offer you greater flexibility as you can take these assessments as and when you are ready and with the agreement of your tutor. Each of your 2 exams is marked immediately.

  • How much does it cost?

    An indication of course costs for you to consider are:

    • Tuition Fees (including exam fees on your first attempt)
    • AAT Registration Fees (paid by you after the course starts if you are 19 or older), currently £48
    • Re-sit Exam Fees, £45
    • Books (paid by you if you are 19 or older)£22
    • Materials fee £20

    All course costs are waived for students aged 18 years and under.

    There may be fee waivers available for students aged 19-23. For students aged 19+, financial assistance may be available through the College towards the cost of books and AAT registrations.

    For fee enquiries please contact course advice on 01743 342333.

  • Additional Notes

    In addition to attending the classes, you will find it necessary to supplement their studies with home study.

    Previous convictions: Please note – When registering with AAT, you will need to declare whether you have committed any criminal convictions or had civil convictions against you. All declarations will be followed up by AAT. Serious convictions may result in you being barred from becoming an AAT registered student.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.

Fiona McGeevor

Fiona McGeevor

AAT bookkeeping

I enrolled on the part-time AAT bookkeeping course as a mature student and have found the teaching staff here superb as you get a lot of life experience from industry trained teachers.

Holly Gibbons

Holly Gibbons

Level 4 AAT Diploma in Accounting

I wanted to change my career and went to work with D.R.E & Co. Chartered Accountants, who put me onto this course to get all my qualifications. After I have finished studying at SCG I will do my charter training at university. This is a widely recognised qualification that you need if you want to be a Junior Accountant.

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Career Options

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    Up to £27,000

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