York College

Who is this course aimed at?

Individuals wishing to acquire knowledge of accounting software packages. You'll learn practical skills, like using accounting software, entering accounting transactions and producing a range of reports.


The AAT Level 2 in Accounting Software provides the necessary practical skills and knowledge of using Sage 50 Accounts Professional and Microsoft Excel.

Sage 50 Accounts Professional is the most commonly used accounting software by businesses in the UK, so if you're looking for employment this is the software to give you the greatest chance of success.

Entry Requirements

You don’t need any previous finance experience to enrol. You should be over 19.

If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, AAT might not accept you as a member making you unable to sit your exams. Please contact AAT directly for more advice.

Dates and Times

The 2021/22 academic year start dates are being finalised, applications/pre-enrolments for this course will open around May, please check our website around this time and apply/pre-enrol online. If you have any questions in the meantime please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Length

6 or 8 weeks.

Course Modules/units

Topics include: 

  • Accounting software
  • Entering accounting transactions
  • Process sales and purchase transactions
  • Process bank and cash transactions
  • Perform period end routine tasks
  • Producing a range of financial reports

The course uses official Sage material, ensuring you're learning from the very best

Teaching Method(s)

Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our Online and On Campus model.

Online video lectures are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer, meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and is accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Exercises, interactive case studies and analytical tools help to enhance the learning experience further.

On campus, you benefit from regular college classes – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. An experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt during your online study and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.

Learn more about the York College and Mindful Education partnership.


This course is assessed through computer-based exams and assessment, which draws on and assesses knowledge and understanding from across the qualification.


AAT Foundation Award in Accounting Software - Level 2.

Course Progression

If students wish to continue studying and choose to complete one of the full AAT Accounting Qualifications, their Short Qualification achievement/s may be transferred to the larger qualifications.

Career Progression

AAT qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles.

The Foundation Award in Accounting Software can lead to employment as:

  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Administrator

Course Fees

£0 - £300.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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