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Foundation Diploma in Accounting with AAT

The Foundation Diploma in Accounting with AAT training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

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

This powerful diploma combines the excellence of Pitman Training’s reputation and practical learning with industry leading knowledge from AAT, the professional body for accountancy.

Once you’ve successfully completed the course and the associated qualification exams you will gain a Pitman Training Diploma and the AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) qualification.

Course Duration: 340 Hours

CPD Points: 220

Accounts 2

Core Courses

Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Book-Keeping 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, using the journal, credit control, bad debt, payroll, VAT schemes, error correction, control accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Sage 50 Accounts

Convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software.

Elements of Costing

Learn about the cost recording system within an organisation; using cost recording techniques; learn how to provide information on actual and budgeted costs and income.

Work Effectively in Finance

Learn the finance function within an organisation; use personal skills development in finance; produce work effectively; learn about corporate responsibility, ethics and sustainability within organisations.


Learn spreadsheet skills to a good business standard. This will enable you to create spreadsheets, enter data, formulas and functions, create charts and more.

or Excel Expert

Learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables.


Elective Courses (choose two)

• Understanding Business Accounts

• Time Management

• Effective Business Communication

• Sage 50 Payroll

• Introduction to Business Structure and Law

• Access

• Outlook

• Word

• Word Expert

• Payroll Principles

• Health and Safety Essentials

• Numeric Data Entry

Alternative subjects may be chosen if more suitable to your existing skills and career.

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.

Designed for those who wish to work as a Finance Assistant, Accounts Assistant or who want to get their foot on the ladder to train as an Accountant. Whether working within a large or small organisation, or as a consultant or self-employed accountant, the skills learnt here are valuable to all. Small business owners who look after their own finances also find this Diploma hugely beneficial.

This is a fantastic diploma for those who wish to gain the skillset required to work in the financial industry. You’ll study a range of courses including Manual Book-Keeping, Sage Accounts, Costing, along with gaining invaluable Spreadsheet knowledge.

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.


There are no formal pre-requisites required.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland


For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:




A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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