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Foundation Diploma in Book-Keeping Diploma with AAT

The Foundation Diploma in Book-Keeping with AAT is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning.

Our Foundation in Book-Keeping Diploma with AAT is a classic course that provides solid qualifications. Combine Pitman Training’s well-regarded reputation for the quality of our Diplomas, along with our partnership with AAT, the accounting industry’s leading professional body, to bring you qualifications that will stand the test of time.

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

Course Duration: 250 Hours

CPD Points: 130


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 book-keeping.

Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

This course will help you learn the processes and methods involved in intermediate manual book-keeping. 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 book-keeping.

Sage 50 Accounts

Convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software to see how you can be more productive and effective with your time.

Microsoft Excel or Excel Expert

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

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

Elective Courses

Choose one of the following:

  • Understanding Business Accounts
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to Business Structure and Law
  • Costing and Pricing
  • Effective Business Communication

All our students who study for an AAT qualification get access to MyAAT. This is an online study support system. A great place to find articles, resources, practice tests etc. all designed to help you succeed in your quest to gain industry qualifications. We recommend spending a good amount of time utilising as much as possible on this platform so that when the time comes for you to sit your qualification examinations, you’re as prepared as possible.

The Foundation Diploma in Book-keeping with AAT will give you the skills you need to gain industry qualifications that will enable you to gain an entry level position in the Accounts Department of any organisation either as a Book-keeper, Accounts Assistant or Purchase Ledger Clerk for example.

Packed full of practical training this Diploma is your blueprint for a successful career in Finance. With insights into using the most efficient computerised systems, you will be right up to speed.

If you’re wanting to develop your book-keeping skills for a role in finance you’re in the right place. This comprehensive course walks you through all you need to know.

At the end of your studies, once you’ve successfully completed your courses and assessments, not only will you gain a prestigious Pitman Training Diploma but you’ll hold an AAT Foundation Certificate in Book-keeping. Both are recognisable and will be attractive to employers looking for proven accounting skills and experience.


Employers can trust CV’s that have these qualifications as they know you have been trained to a high standard. You will also gain registration to MyAAT and AAT study support.

Not only will this diploma give you practical experience of the processes involved with both manual and computerised book-keeping, you’ll gain valuable hands-on experience using real life scenarios throughout your training. This means, when you come to put your training into practice in the workplace, you can be confident in your ability to hit the ground running.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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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