AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This qualification is designed and accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and 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. This course will help you develop your skills in finance, accountancy, business and communications.

Entry requirements

  • English at National Level 5
  • Maths at National Level 4
  • Strong interest in Accounting and Finance

Potential applicants unable to produce evidence of these qualifications will be asked to undertake a skills profile test.

This 18-week course is delivered on a flexi/online basis with tutor support at North Highland College UHI. In order to achieve the qualification, you must complete five professional accounting units in:

  • Bookkeeping Transactions 
  • Bookkeeping Controls 
  • Elements of Costing 
  • Using Accounting Software 
  • Working Effectively in Finance 

This qualification is linked to the National Occupational Standards.


Students enrolled on this course will be required to have reliable access to a computer, Wi-Fi and access to excel.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Flexible
  • Short course
  • Online

This course is delivered online and students can choose to study full time or part-time depending on their own commitments. 



How long will my course last?

18 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

Additional Costs

The cost of this course is £672. This introductory price is applicable to the February start date.

What can I do on completion of my course?



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

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