Studying with Eagle

Do you want to gain a solid understanding of accounting? Would you like to learn and develop the key skills required of accountants around the world?

This qualification will prepare you for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It will give you a solid foundation in finance administration and covers areas such as double-entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. You will learn finance, accountancy, business and vital communications skills.

Keep reading for more information about everything that’s included in the subscription, including details of the syllabus, how to book exams, and the support you get along the way.

What’s included

  • Unlimited access to the AAT Level 2 content with the use of all other levels to study when you are ready
  • Instant access to our unique comprehensive Study Buddy learning guide
  • Online access to market-leading Osborne AAT tutorial and workbooks and online assessment builder
  • Tutor-led, online learning modules powered by Kaplan
  • Access to Consolidation Test and Progress Test
  • Computer and self marked Mock Exams
  • AAT registration, student membership and exam fees not included

Why choose an Eagle Distance Learning Course?

Are you comfortable studying independently in your own time? This distance learning course lets you set your own pace and work towards your preferred completion date in a way that suits your lifestyle. We’ll provide you with study materials and you’ll get support from your personal Eagle mentor to guide you through the learning process.

  • Entry requirements

    You don’t need any previous qualifications or accountancy experience to begin studying AAT Level 2. Anyone, from school leavers to career changers, can start the qualification. However, you must have a good standard of English literacy and basic maths skills. We also recommend that you register with AAT within 4 weeks of registering with us so you can receive your AAT student number, which enables you to enter for assessments. If you have any criminal convictions you will need to discuss this with AAT before purchasing a course.

  • AAT Level 2 Certificate syllabus

    By the end of the AAT Level 2 Certificate course, you will be able to process daily business transactions in a manual and computerised bookkeeping system. You’ll also be able to control accounts, work on payroll and understand basic costing principles.

    Topics covered:

    Introduction to Bookkeeping (ITBK)
    • How to set up bookkeeping systems
    • How to process customer transactions
    • How to process supplier transactions
    • How to process receipts and payments
    • How to process transactions into the ledger accounts
    Principles of Bookkeeping Controls (POBC)
    • How to use control accounts
    • How to reconcile a bank statement with the cash book
    • How to use the journal
    • How to produce trial balances
    Principles of Costing (PCTN)
    • How to understand the cost recording system within an organisation
    • Using cost recording techniques
    • How to provide information on actual and budgeted costs and income
    • Using tools and techniques to support cost calculations
    The Business Environment (BESY) – Synoptic Assessment
    • The principles of contract law
    • The external business environment
    • The key principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability
    • The impact of setting up different types of business entity
    • The finance function within an organisation
    • How to produce work in appropriate formats and communicate effectively
    • The importance of information to business operations
  • How is this course assessed?

    The course is assessed by a combination of unit assessments and one synoptic assessment.

    Unit assessment

    A unit assessment only tests knowledge and skills taught in that unit. At Level 2 accounting they are:

    • Available on demand, mostly all year round
    • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues
    • Mostly marked by the computer, providing assessment results within 15 working days
    Synoptic assessment

    The synoptic assessment is an end of course assessment which tests a variety of knowledge and skills from several units. At Level 2 accounting it is:

    • Attempted once the unit assessments have been attempted
    • Available on demand, mostly all year round
    • Scheduled by and sat at AAT approved assessment venues
    Getting your results

    Assessment results are available in your MyAAT account within 24 hours for computer marked assessments. For those assessments marked by the AAT you can expect to receive your results within 6 weeks and the results will be published via MyAAT.


    To be awarded the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting qualification you must achieve at least a 70% competency level in each unit assessment and in the synoptic assessment.


    You can resit an assessment to improve your grade. Results from the assessment with the highest marks will be used to calculate your final grade. There are no resit restrictions or employer engagement requirements for any fee paying student on any of our AAT courses.

    AAT external assessment approved venues

    You can search for your nearest venue via the AAT websitelaunch.

  • What support will I get?
    • We’re always on hand when you need us
    • You’re fully supported with access to expert tutors, 7 days a week, responding via email within 4 working hours
    • You’ll also be assigned a mentor to help and guide you through the order of subjects to study in, and check that the level you’re starting at is right for you. You can also contact them whenver you need to throughout your course and get a response within 24 hours Monday to Friday
    • For full details on Academic and Mentor support opening hours, please visit the Contact us page.

    Partnering with the best, you’ll always have access to market leading AAT online content powered by Kaplan and online materials from Osborne books. All day, every day for as long as you subscribe.

  • What could I do next?

    Once you’ve passed Level 2, you can work in roles such as an accounts payable clerk, accounts officer, payroll administrator, and a finance assistant, with salaries of up to £23,000. If you want to progress further, you can study AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

  • Additional costs

    You are required to become a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) launch to fulfil your qualification. Fees associated with admission and exam fees are in addition to the cost of the course. Admission and membership fees are payable direct to AAT. Exam fees are paid to the exam centre.

    • AAT one-off Level 2 registration fee £172
    • AAT Assessment Fees: £70 to £80 per unit, but fee can vary depending on where you sit your assessment

    Please be aware that these are subject to change.

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AAT Accounting qualifications

  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting

    This is the entry point for most people who are at the beginning of their accountancy journey.

  • Level 3 Diploma in Accounting

    You can start at this level if you’ve completed the Level 2 Certificate. You may also be eligible if you’ve worked in an accounting or bookkeeping role.

  • Level 4 Diploma in Accounting

    You’ll need to complete the Level 3 Diploma before starting this level. You may be exempt from some units if you’ve studied a finance or accounting degree.

AAT Bookeeping qualifications

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

    This level is made up of two subjects: Introduction to Bookkeeping (ITBK) and Principles of Bookkeeping Controls (POBC). You’ll learn about double-entry bookkeeping systems and the associated documents and processes, as well as more complex procedures and payment methods.

  • Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping

    This level is made up of two subjects: Financial Accounting: Preparing Financial Statements (FAPS) and Tax processes for Businesses (TPFB). You’ll build on your Level 2 knowledge and learn about VAT legislation, preparing final accounts, and the regulations governing company accounts.