Foundation Award in Bookkeeping with AAT

This award focuses on two core bookkeeping courses designed to help you learn the workings of a manual bookkeeping system. On successful completion, you could opt to undertake relevant examinations to gain an AAT qualification.

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Pitman Training’s Bookkeeping Award with AAT Qualification is intended for anyone keen to develop bookkeeping skills for an accounting role, whether within a finance department for a business, or providing your own services to small businesses. It’s also valuable for small business owners who want to get a firmer grip on their own finances.

Optional Qualifications and Certification*

Awarded 82 CPD points upon successful completion

* not available to those on funded or TSG-supported programmes

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Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type



82 hours or 3 weeks full-time study

About this award

First and foremost, this award is designed for beginners to finance and accounting. It’s ideal for anyone keen to develop bookkeeping skills for an accounting role; whether within a finance department for a business as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant, or providing your own services to small businesses.

This bookkeeping training would also be very valuable for small business owners who don’t have much accountancy experience and want to get a firmer grip on their own finances. The Foundation Award in Bookkeeping with AAT is a great course which will help you take the first step into the world of finance. With this training programme you will have the opportunity to gain a Pitman Training certification and a recognised industry accounting qualification.

It’s a strong, practical training programme that will help to prove to employers that you have a head for numbers, and ensures you understand the workings and processes involved with manual bookkeeping. It is most suitable for those with no prior bookkeeping or accounting experience as you will start right at the beginning of the learning process for this skill.

The programme is broken down into three modules and is very practical in nature so you’re not just sitting and reading the theory. In each module you will work through real-life scenarios which deal with bookkeeping challenges, giving you hands-on practical experience ensuring you really are prepared for situations you may find yourself in when taking up a bookkeeper role.

As part of your training you’ll have access to MyAAT which is an online website that all AAT students have access to. On here you’ll find articles, practice papers and other resources all designed to help you fully grasp the finance skills you’re learning.

Once you’ve successfully completed the course and associated qualification examinations you’ll gain a Pitman Training certificate and an AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping.

Aims and Objectives

The AAT Foundation Award in Bookkeeping qualification you can gain on successful completion of the course is a recognised industry standard that will help boost your CV.

The practical experience you learn on the course means you are ‘job ready’ upon completion. It really does provide you with the platform you’ve been waiting for to get your career in finance off the ground, and put your flair with numbers to good use.

There are a number of progression options available on completion of this award. You might look to progress your training to gain an AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping. This qualification would enable you to progress your career into more senior Accounting roles.

Courses Included

Bookkeeping - Module 1

People with strong bookkeeping skills are always in demand. This course is designed to give you an advantage over others with less experience, teaching you double-entry bookkeeping.

Bookkeeping - Module 2

This course is the second module designed to further your bookkeeping studies using the double entry system so you can keep accurate bookkeeping records.

Bookkeeping - Module 3

This third bookkeeping module covers many areas including using the journal, and year end accounts which include the profit and loss account and balance sheet.



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There are no pre-requisites required for this award.

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*).

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



Career Path

This award can lead to a fantastic number of careers in accountancy such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant. If you’re keen to plot a definitive path for promotion you could work towards roles such as Finance Manager, Assistant Accountant/Accountant, Auditor and more.

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