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Foundation Diploma in Bookkeeping with AAT

Diploma Overview

Make your qualifications count

The Foundation Diploma in Bookkeeping with AAT is a classic course that provides solid qualifications.

Combine Pitman Training’s well-regarded reputation for the quality of our Diplomas, along with our partnership with AAT, the accounting industry’s leading professional body, to bring you qualifications that will stand the test of time.

The lifeblood of every business is cash flow. Having a firm grip on the figures is what differentiates strong businesses from flailing ones. The skills learnt with this diploma ensure business owners and directors can get on with their everyday tasks, relying on you to manage the daily finances enabling them to look at the overall view of their financial status.

Leverage your career by balancing the books

This diploma is packed full of practical training and will provide you with the blueprint for the beginning of a successful career in finance. You’ll study core bookkeeping courses as well as Sage Accounts, meaning you’ll be well up to speed with the processes involved in manual and computerised bookkeeping processes. As well as the key bookkeeping courses, you’ll have the option to select an elective subject of your choice and will also study Microsoft Excel; a vital spreadsheet programme used in businesses and in particular accounting departments worldwide.

All our students who study for an AAT qualification get access to MyAAT. This is an online study support system. A great place to find articles, resources, practice tests etc. all designed to help you succeed in your quest to gain industry qualifications. We recommend spending a good amount of time utilising as much as possible on this platform so that when the time comes for you to sit your qualification examinations, you’re as prepared as possible.

What will you get in return?

At the end of your studies, once you’ve successfully completed your courses and assessments, not only will you you’ll gain a prestigious Pitman Training Diploma certificate but you’ll hold an AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting. Both are recognisable and will be attractive to employers looking for proven accounting skills and experience.

Accredited CPD CourseThis course is CPD accredited by The CPD Standards Office.
130 CPD points can be gained upon successful completion of this diploma.

If you’re a beginner to finance and accounts and looking at how best to start your career in this industry, this is a great place to begin.

Not only will this diploma give you practical experience of the processes involved with both manual and computerised bookkeeping, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience using real-life scenarios throughout your training. This means, when you come to put your training into practice in the workplace, you can be confident in your ability to hit the ground running.

The Foundation Diploma in Bookkeeping will give you the skills you need to gain industry qualifications that will enable you to gain an entry level position in the Accounts Department of any organisation either as a Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk for example.

If you’re looking to set your own bookkeeping business up, this is a great way to start to build your professional skillset that will prove to prospective clients that you have the ability to manage their financial records with confidence.

From here, you can progress on to the next AAT qualification level and look towards gaining the Advanced Diploma in Accounting which will help progress your career path by opening the door to roles such as Accountant, Auditor, Finance Team Leader etc.

Our Foundation Diploma in Bookkeeping with AAT has the following core subjects:-

Bookkeeping Level 2 (3 modules) - This includes the double entry system; VAT basics; creating sales invoices; general ledger management; handling petty cash; preparing a trial balance; bank and statement reconciliations; managing contra entries and bad debt; checking invoices for accuracy; accounting for payroll in the accounts; preparing statements of account; paying invoices; calculating depreciation; calculating profit or loss and preparing a profit and loss account and balance sheet as well as closing off the ledger accounts. 

Sage 50 Accounts – Convert your manual bookkeeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software to see how you can be more productive and effective with your time.

Microsoft Excel – Learn spreadsheet skills to a good business standard, which will enable you to create spreadsheets, enter data, formulas and functions, create charts and more. 
Microsoft Excel Expert – Advanced spreadsheet skills cover areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables.

You can then choose to support the above with an additional course, for example, from one of the below, as part of your Diploma:-


  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Numeric Data Entry
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Introduction to Business Structure and Law
  • Understanding Business Accounts
  • Effective Business Communication

The above are recommended electives for this Diploma.  Alternative subjects may be chosen if more suitable to your existing skills and career. Your Course Advisor would help you determine the best course for you.

With the course broken down into modules and our flexible working options, you can work through the Diploma at a pace to suit you.

AAT recommends a total study time of 250 hours. The learning time quoted includes time to take advantage of the full range of accompanying learning resources. We would recommend a study timeline of 12 months. 

Our Foundation Diploma in Bookkeeping with AAT can be studied a number of different ways, offering you ultimate control and flexibility of your training programme. 

Study our bookkeeping training:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • Online at home or work – using our innovative distance learning platform with support via email or telephone if required.
  • Combination or blended learning– get the best of both worlds and study in centre for some modules and then pick up and carry on online from home or work for others. You decide!

No matter which way you prefer to study, you can be assured that our Course Advisors are available to offer support throughout your training. Combine that with the comprehensive resource website from AAT with their MyAAT system, you can be confident of achieving success with your studies!

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online AAT Bookkeeping training, click here.

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