Business and Management

Accounting Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date /

This course will commence in September and will run for one year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and maths.

You will achieve

Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Level 2)

Course overview

This course is for those who want to work in the accountancy sector. It will teach you many aspects of the accountancy industry.
This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration – covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping to basic costing principles and using accounting software

As an accountant you’ll give advice, audit accounts and provide trustworthy information about financial records. This might involve financial reporting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, corporate finance, business recovery and insolvency, or accounting systems and processes.

You’ll have the choice of many different settings to work in, including public practice firms and industry and commerce, as well as in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Working strategically, your aim will be to maximise profitability on behalf of your client or employer.

Course content

  • Bookkeeping transactions and controls
  • Elements of costing
  • Using accounting software
  • Working effectively in finance

For ambitious and talented students, there is the opportunity to further your maths skills with a Core Maths qualification. This will be discussed on an individual basis.

You will be assessed by computer based examinations throughout the course as well as some project work.

You will need to provide your own calculator, writing materials, USB stick and accounting text books. You will also need to organise and pay for your own AAT membership and pay for any resits required.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

You can move onto Accounting Advanced Diploma Level 3. Universities and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) offer exemptions to those who are AAT qualified.

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting can lead to employment as:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Trainee finance assistant

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Accounting Level 2 Full-time

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