Is This for You?

This is an essential Level 2* qualification for anyone starting out on their financial career path looking for junior/entry-level positions, such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant, and Purchase Ledger Clerk.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 230 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
230 hours flexi study or 9 weeks full-time

About This Diploma

Programme Outline

This will also be a useful qualification to gain if you’re a business owner wanting to confidently maintain and manage your business finances.

No matter your reasons for studying this qualification, you can be confident you’ll gain a level of knowledge that can apply in any business setting.

There are a number of career and training progression options available from this qualification. If you have a goal of working as an Accountant or Management Accountant, for example, with this qualification you could opt to continue your studies and seek to gain a Diploma in Accounting qualification and then further consolidate your skills and take them to the top level with a Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Every business needs people with a strong grasp of figures, but these days to be in demand you also need to have the technical know-how to be able to input and report financial information using the latest software. Being able to provide senior management with accurate and timely reports and data analysis is crucial.

Whether you’ve already got basic skills or are venturing into the world of finance for the first time, this qualification could be the catalyst to truly launch your career in accounting.

This robust programme combines Pitman Training’s renowned practical approach to learning with industry leading knowledge from AAT, the professional awarding body for accountancy.

* Level 2 is the equivalent of Level 4 in Ireland and Level 5 in Scotland.

Climb the Career Ladder

This is an excellent programme for those who wish to gain the skillset required to work in the financial industry. You’ll study a range of courses, including manual and computerised bookkeeping and costing.

Not only will you gain the essential knowledge and understanding of basic accounting procedures, on successful completion you will be able to present your accounting qualification to potential employers and be confident in the knowledge that you’ve put yourself in the best possible position to climb the accounting career ladder.

This certificate programme holds valuable skills for any accounting professional. Whether working within a large or small organisation, as a consultant, or self-employed accountant, the skills learnt here are valuable to all. Small business owners who look after their own finances will also find this course beneficial.

For the duration of your studies, you’ll gain access to MyAAT, the online AAT study support site, with resources, study guides, practice assessments, etc.

Once you’ve successfully completed your training, you’ll gain a Pitman Training certificate and be well placed to gain the AAT Certificate in Accounting qualification.

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Aims and Objectives

Packed full of practical training, the Certificate in Accounting with AAT is your blueprint for building a successful career in finance. If you are looking to gain an initial AAT qualification, this is an excellent starting point. Once you’ve completed your course, you will be well positioned to go on and undertake the relevant AAT examinations to gain a Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualification.

Courses Included

Bookkeeping Courses

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

The course is ideal for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It is a great starting point for those…

Bookkeeping Courses

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

This course will help you learn the processes and methods involved in intermediate manual bookkeeping. You will cover cash and bank reconciliations, balancing ledger accounts,…

AAT Courses

Principles of Costing

Learn to understand an organisation’s cost recording system, use it to record or extract data, and use spreadsheets to convey information on actual and budgeted…

Business Management Courses

The Business Environment

This course will provide knowledge and understanding of key business concepts and their practical application in the external and internal environment in which you will…


There are no formal pre-requisites required.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

This programme is ideal if you’re looking for a career in accounts and finance, working as an Accounts Assistant, or Bookkeeper. From here, you could progress to undertake the AAT Level 3 qualification which could lead to a career as an Accountant, Management Accountant, or Finance Manager.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.