AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) with Sage 50

AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) with Sage 50
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If you’re interested in a career in accountancy and finance, whether you are looking to work in an accounting firm, handle small business accounting, or you are already an established business owner looking to gain skills in how to effectively manage your own books, the AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) course is the perfect place to start.

This great-value online course provided by industry-recognised AAT, is endorsed by huge companies like Greene King, P&G and ASDA, and with 130,000 students and members in over 90 countries, you can sign up safe in the knowledge that you’re in tried and trusted hands. 

We are incredibly honoured to announce that we've been shortlisted for the ‘AAT Distance Learning Training Provider of the Year award 2020!'

Is the Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) with Sage 50 right for me? 

If you’re self-motivated, have strong numeracy skills, excellent organisation and possess an analytical mind, a career in Accountancy may be the perfect career path for you.

There are no prerequisites to enrol on the AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) course, however it’s recommended that you have a good grasp of both English and maths. This course provides natural progression for learners who have completed the AAT Access Award in Accounting Software course, however it can also be a starting point for learners who are sure of their new career path or those who already have some bookkeeping skills but would like to formalise them in order to progress their career.

You will study all the basics required to navigate accounting software competently, with units of learning including opening balances and journals, sales and purchase ledger transactions, bank and petty cash transactions and the trial balance and data security.

This course is a dual certification from AAT and Sage: you will use the Sage 50 software programme that is already being used by over 800,000 businesses worldwide to monitor their accounts and finances.

On achieving your AAT qualifications for this course, it will help open doors to both accounting apprenticeships and entry-level opportunities such as:

  •    Clerical assistant (£17,000)
  •    Bookkeeper (£27,000)
  •    Accounts clerk (£23,000)
  •    Finance assistant (£23,000)
  •    Accounts administrator (£21,000) 

If you decide to continue your studies, you have the option to progress to the advanced and professional qualifications, which in turn can lead to further career advancement and the potential to become an AAT full member (MAAT) or to study further for chartered status. 

How do I study this AAT Accounting Software course? 

All course content is designed for you to access at your own pace, across all devices, whenever and wherever suits you. This means that it’s ideal for career-changers who need to fit their learning around existing work and family commitments. Should you decide to progress with the AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) course, you should be able to achieve professional status within about 18 months to three years of embarking on the foundation level, then working through the advanced and professional qualifications. 

Key Focus:

Study the modules to become confident and competent in using accounting software.

  •    Feel confident that you’re using official learning material from leading bookkeeping software provider Sage
  •    Learn Sage 50 using the software included (time limited)
  •    Become proficient in setting up accounting software and create customer & supplier accounts
  •    Study how to process sales & purchase transactions including processing sales invoices & credit notes
  •    Process bank & cash transactions, including both payments & receipts for non-credit & recurring transactions
  •    Become confident in ensuring that VAT is posted to the correct account
  •    Effectively perform period end routine tasks, including processing journals & reconciling bank statement
  •    Discover how to produce professional reports for customers and suppliers, and from the general ledger

Benefits of this AAT Course:

  •    AAT subscription fee (worth £49) included in the cost
  •    Course content is compatible with all devices
  •    Technical support is available and easily accessible should you encounter problems
  •    You will use SAGE 50, the UK’s most popular online accounting and payroll software
  •    Tutor support is included for ease of learning
  •    All course content is designed in consultation with employers
  •    You will gain the necessary practical skillsets as well as theoretical knowledge
  •    The useful glossary makes learning new terms and vocabulary easy
  •    Access to discounts, study materials and career support through your online account
  •    97% of full members would recommend studying the award-winning AAT courses
  •    Boost your CV by formalising the skillset you already have or learning a new one

All students must register with AAT within four weeks of starting their course.

Sign up to AAT - Foundation Award in Accounting Software (Level 2) today to open the door to career progression by getting qualified with industry-endorsed AAT.

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AAT Exams – Update

Social distancing guidance

The AAT expect all training providers and assessment venues to act responsibly and ensure they adhere to all government rules and guidelines in relation to social distancing when offering AAT assessments on site. We'll be providing more guidance around social distancing in the coming weeks.

Synoptic windows revised

Synoptic window dates have now been confirmed for the remainder of the year and include additional dates to help with planning and potential capacity issues due to social distancing restrictions. Full details can be found here.

Level 2 synoptic assessments

In agreement with Ofqual, the UK qualifications regulator, the AAT has announced the intention to issue calculated results for eligible students studying the Foundation Certificate in Accounting - Level 2 (Level 5 in Scotland) and Foundation Diploma in Accounting and Business (Level 2).

Full details on the revised synoptic windows can be found here.

Introduction Unit
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
  • Installation Instructions
  • Screenshots, Tasks and Activities
  • Working through the Units
  • Setting up a New Company
  • Backing Up and Restoring Data
  • Customise your Company
  • How to Use Practice Data
  • Helpful Information Using Sage
  • Helpful Information Using Sage
  • Tax Codes within Sage
  • The Ledgers and Sage Nominal Codes
  • Creating a Chart of Accounts to Suit Company Requirements
  • Creating Customer and Supplier Account Codes and Records
  • Making Error Corrections and Deleting Transactions
Opening Balances and Journals
  • Entering Opening Debtor Balances
  • Entering Opening Creditor Balances
  • The Use of the Journal
  • Making Journal Entries
  • Nominal Ledger Opening Balances
  • The Opening Trial Balance
Sales and Purchase Ledger Transactions
  • Customer Invoices Using Batch Entry
  • Customer Credit Notes Using Batch Entry
  • Sales Invoice Day Book in Sage
  • Sales Credit Day Book in Sage
  • Supplier Invoices Using Batch Entry
  • Supplier Credit Notes Using Batch Entry
  • Purchase Invoice Day Book in Sage
  • Purchase Credit Day Book in Sage
  • Entering Customer Receipts
  • Customer Receipts Reports
  • Printing a Customer Statement
  • Entering Supplier Payments
  • Supplier Payments Reports
  • Printing a Remittance Advice
Bank and Petty Cash Transactions
  • Process Bank Transactions Not In Customers or Suppliers Ledgers
  • Transferring Money Between Accounts
  • Recurring Entries
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Printing a Bank Statement Report
  • Petty Cash Transactions
  • Reconciling the Petty Cash Account
The Trial Balance and Data Security
  • The Trial Balance
  • Errors in the Trial Balance and Bad Debt Write Off
  • Maintaining the Security of Data
  • Types of Backup Files and Storage
  • Setting a System Password
  • Exporting Data and Linking to Other Systems
  • Glossary of Accounting Terms
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
Associated Certification
AAT - Foundation Award in Accounting Software
Tutor Available
Recognised By
Sage - Certificate of Competency
AAT - Awarding Body Qualification Certificate
2 gigahertz (GHz)
2 GB
Free Disk space
5 GB Free Space Required
Operating Systems
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Internet Explorer 10 or above
Sage 50 software included (180 days access via download). All students must register with AAT within four weeks of starting their course.