Level 2

AAT Bookkeeping Level 2 Foundation Certificate

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£724 * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£724 * Southend Campus


Begin your journey to becoming an AAT qualified bookkeeping with online and on campus lessons in your spare time.

This Level 2 course is part-funded, so the cost for students is reduced. 

On successful completion of this course, you might be eligible for a fully funded Level 3 course. Please see information on progression below.

Please note: classroom attendance is fortnightly, on every other Wednesday (eve).

Online and On Campus

This flexible course is delivered by South Essex College in partnership with Mindful Education and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom. 

This course comprises of two units, bookkeeping transactions and bookkeeping controls. You will study online using the MINDFUL education platform and work through each lesson being able to complete online tests and raise queries with your teacher. You will then attend lessons once per week to consolidate your knowledge from your online lessons with a specialist AAT lecturer.

Your exams will take place on a set date at the college. You will have to become a member of AAT as it is a professional body this would be paid directly by yourself at a cost of £105. 

Entry Requirements

A good understanding of English is essential, if you wish to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in September you will need a Grade 4/C in English and Maths or equivalent.

Course Structure

Units of Study

The Level 2 course covers a range of key areas, including:

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping
  • Principles of Bookkeeping

Assessment & Feedback

This course is assessed through computer-based exams and a synoptic assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model. 


You will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study.

Lessons last for around 45 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 4-5 hours studying independently online each week. 

On campus

Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm

You benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group. 

Course Cost

Adult, part_time_evening: £724

Course duration: 15 weeks part-time

Classroom attendance: Fortnightly, on every other Wednesday (eve)

Costs are as follows based on 2021-22:

  • Course Cost: £724
    (this covers one sitting of each assessment, if a student fails an assessment an additional fee will be incurred)
  • AAT (First time learner) admission fee £49** Level 2 only*** 
  • Membership (£101**)
  • Exams fee £60 per resit*
  • Additional course books (optional, see below)

Recommended reading (Additional course books):

L2 and L3 Osborne Tutorial and Workbooks

L4 BPP publishers

  • Level 2 £110 (Approx)
  • Level 3 £120 (Approx)
  • Level 4 £120 (Approx)

*All first exams are included in the course cost but resits must be paid for.

**Fees do increase yearly

***If the annual membership expires, then a re-instatement fee of £36 would need to be paid

What Next...

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

Students completing this Level 2 AAT Certificate in Bookkeeping may wish to go on and complete the full Level 2 AAT Certificate in Accounting. 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.