Your browser is unsupported and may have security vulnerabilities! Upgrade to a newer browser to experience this site in all it's glory.
Skip to main content

Staff & student links are now under My Kendal in the main menu!

Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
9:00am - 1:00pm
32/33 Weeks
Westmorland Campus

Professional Business Services

The professional business services department provides courses for those wishing to retrain or develop their career in the professions of accounting, HR, law, management and IT.

View course department

Course Overview

Whether you are new to accountancy and finance, looking to change your career into accountancy, have previously worked in an accounts department or run your own business, this course is ideal for you.

The course is delivered in person, at Kendal College by industry experts, who have a wealth of experience at supporting individual learners to achieve. The in-class experience also offers a chance to study with others and begin to create a professional network.

To pass level 2, you will complete 4 units, which are assessed by online tests (computer based assessment). You will study:
- Introduction to bookkeeping
- Principles of bookkeeping controls
- Principles of costing
- The business environment

You will learn the basics of double entry bookkeeping and ledger accounts. You will be able to process basic financial transactions. You will learn about control accounts, bank reconciliations and dealing with errors and journals. In additional you will be able to apply costing principles, and understand basic business budgeting. The final unit takes a broader approach to accounting. You will study ethics and the legal system, aspect of contract law and how accounting fits into wider business principles.

Please note there is an additional course materials cost of GBP100 for this course.

The AAT has been changing lives for over 40 years, with their practical accounting qualifications that are in demand from employers around the world. Now they're offering a unique opportunity to change your life too, with all your costs covered.

Find out more at

Entry Requirements

You don't need any experience of working in accounts to study AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. There are no specific academic entry requirements, but you do need good English, maths and IT skills. Most importantly you need to be committed to the course and a willingness to learn.

In addition to the course fees, students need to join the AAT as a student member. This costs GBP172 and is payable directly to AAT. This gives you access to AAT online resources and must be paid at the start of your course.

The course fee includes your tuition for the academic year and exam entry fees for your first sitting. The costs of any resits required must be paid by the student (GBP60/GBP65 depending on the unit). The course cost includes printed course notes. Students are encouraged to purchase text books (offered at a discounted rate) to support out of class study.

Students must complete the course in the academic year.

After Your Course

AAT qualifications are much sought after by employers. On completion of this course, you may progress into employment in the industry, or gain promotion. Most students who complete AAT level 2 progress onto the AAT level 3 course.

You may get a job such as finance assistant, payroll clerk, sales ledger clerk, purchase ledger clerk or trainee accountant.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £25,000
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Do not already have a level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.