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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 or above



Exam board: AAT

90%of all work-related junior qualifications in Accounting are completed with AAT

This internationally recognised qualification is designed for students who intend to work in accounting after their studies at St Brendan's or university. It can be taken by students studying at Level 3 alongside your 3 A-levels (or equivalent).

The Bookkeeping Certificate is designed to prepare you for junior roles in accounting firms or in the finance department of most general businesses. 

Find out more about the many benefits of studying with AAT by visiting the official website here

Course Content

Bookeeping Certificate in Accounting

You will be learning how to record a range of financial transactions and how to verify your book-keeping records to ensure they are correct. Successful students may have the opportunity to progress to the full Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting in year 2. This is achieved by passing three further exams.

Methods of Teaching and Learning 

Accounting is a practical skill and lessons will be spent practising how to record information in the books of accounts and learning how to check your records. You will also learn to use Sage, a well-known accounting package.

Method of Assessment 

After studying each of the two units you will be assessed by an AAT computer based assessment/test.  In each assessment students must achieve at least 70% to pass and must pass all assessments in the year to be awarded the qualification. Grades achieved for each unit assessment are used to determine the final grade for the level - Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Important: AAT rules state that if a 16-19 year old student does not pass an assessment first time they are allowed up to two further opportunities in an academic year. If they do not pass the resits they cannot complete the qualification that year.


All teaching resources are prepared by experienced AAT teachers. In addition there are revision materials and practice assessments provided by the AAT through their online platform that students will have access to.

Entry Requirements 

You are required to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above or the equivalent from 4 subject areas including GCSE English. Mathematics at grade 6 or above is also necessary to join this course. 

Additional Costs 

Students will need to pay an annual membership fee of around £45 for the Bookkeeping Certificate. Retake fees for the assessments (if needed) are also payable and currently cost around £45 per unit. Students receiving a Bursary may be able to have these costs paid from Bursary funds. If students wish to continue to the Level 2 Foundation Certificate, they will have to pay to become full a student member of the AAT which currently costs £94 per year.

What next? 

Students are likely to be highly employable by businesses offering apprenticeships or training contracts and they will be keen to support them in completing their accounting studies.

This course if taken as part of an Access to Level 3 programme will provide a great foundation for those choosing A-level accounting as part of their Level 3 programme

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