SCQF Level 5
Enterprise and Commerce

Course Overview

The AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting is an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or finance. This course will teach you core accounting knowledge and skills needed to progress into either employment or further study. This qualification is suitable for young people who have just left school as well as adults returning to work after a break or for anyone wishing to change career. The Foundation Certificate is open to those who are working and those who are not currently in employment. This qualification could help someone who is already working in an entry-level finance role to progress in their career by offering them development and formal recognition of their skills. 

What You Will Learn
  • Bookkeeping Transactions
  • Bookkeeping Controls
  • Elements of Costing
  • Using Accounting Software
  • Work Effectively in Finance
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum two passes at SCQF Level 5  
  • We recommend that you have a good standard of English and Mathematics, for example, Certification at National 5 for both is recommended but not essential 
  • If you do not have the relevant qualifications but have other relevant school or college or accounting experience you are welcome to apply 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • There are five mandatory units that you will be assessed on 
  • Four are assessed individually at an end of unit through a computer-based assessment 
  • The final is an overall computer-based exam 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be required to take the AAT Skills Check to indicate the entry point 


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • AAT Diploma in Accounting 
Career Opportunities

This course can be used as a steppingstone to recognition by industry-renowned institutes such as ICAS, ACCA, CIMA or CIPFA 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week or open learning 


Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

An Edinburgh College Accounting student is hoping to calculate his way to award success as he goes up against fellow students at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Nineteen-year-old Junjie Xu, who studied a Financial Services Foundation Apprenticeship at Edinburgh College before progressing onto a HND Accounting course, has been shortlisted for Foundation Apprentice of the Year at the annual awards, for his achievements while studying at the College and working with the Financial Services team at Virgin Money. 


Junjie, who is partially sighted, doesn’t let his visual impairment affect his learning or willingness to succeed and embarked upon his Foundation Apprenticeship while studying at the Royal Blind School for Visually Impaired and Blind Children. Junjie said: 


 “When I heard that I was a finalist, it felt great! All of the hard work that I put into achieving the award has paid off and I have overcome some difficult challenges.” 


Read more of our student stories here.

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