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Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting (Day)

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

You will be recognised as an accountant technician. You could choose to start a freelance career within accounting and finance or progress onto university. You will be partly qualified along the route to becoming an accounting technician, other career options could include: Accounts Assistants, Purchase Ledger Clarke, Sales Ledger Clarke and or Book Keeping Assistant.

Overview of the course: 

The course involves classroom learning and provides students with the background knowledge of accountancy concepts.
The course is ideal for those who have decided on the specialism of accounts. This training provides skills and knowledge of double entry bookkeeping to an introduction to computerised accounts. The course runs over two evenings per week and is classroom based from September-June. There are five competency based modules which are all assessment through examination.

Entry requirements: 

The course is available to students aged 19 or over. Candidates must have achieved at least five GCSE grades 9 to 4 including Maths and English. Applicants must possess a high level of maturity & all candidates will be assessed and interviewed for a place on the course. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


Throughout the course you will get to know finance. An example of some of the topics covered are shown below:

Double Entry Bookkeeping – This topic forms the basis of all accounting practices, including preparing trial balances and profit and loss reports.

Basic costing for manufacturing accounts - This topic will teach you the basis of calculating of costs associated with in industry such as manufacturing costs and labouring costs.

An Introduction to using a computerised accounting system – This topic is an introduction into the computerised accounts of Sage Line 50 which is the most recognised accountant package currently used in business.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessments will take place via the completion of course work and external exams.

Further study options after this course: 

On completion of the course you can progress onto the level 3 AAT programme, into employment as accounts Clarke or accounts assistant or onto the level 3 AAT Apprenticeship.

Length of the course: 

1 year, part time day


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £17,004

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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