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Financial skills are held in high-esteem by employers as they are the backbone to all businesses and bookkeeping qualifications are in high demand.

Become a bookkeeper with our range of distance learning bookkeeping courses including ICB and AAT, you will receive the best course materials and be able to study around other work commitments.

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Our range of bookkeeping courses

There are plenty of bookkeeping courses you can study with us here at Open Study College, all from the comfort of your own home. We know sometimes life can get in the way of things but with distance learning, you can fit your studying around your life commitments. You don’t need to miss out on pursuing your career and goals because you have a busy lifestyle. That’s why our wide range of bookkeeping courses, you can study when and where you want, all at your own pace.

Types of bookkeeping qualifications

We offer bookkeeping courses from four different awarding bodies, which are:

  • QLS
  • ICB
  • IAB
  • AAT

You will have the opportunity to start from the very basics with some Level 1 courses, or if you’ve already started your bookkeeping journey, then we also offer Level 2 and 3 courses to develop your pre-existing skills.

What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping is the activity of keeping records of the financial affairs of a business, ensuring that the records of individual financial transactions are correct, up-to-date, and comprehensive. They will report and track those financial transactions, with reports that show how well the business is doing. Accuracy is absolutely vital in this as each transaction, whether it be a purchase or a sale, must be recorded. All of this provides the information from which accounts are prepared, and there are usually set structures for this in bookkeeping called ‘quality control’. For businesses to be successful, they need to be balancing the books every single month, otherwise, they may struggle to pay for things like stock, suppliers, and even their taxes.

Distance learning bookkeeping

Distance learning takes out the timetable and commute from studying, meaning you can study the same subjects and qualifications, just from home. Having the freedom to choose when you want to learn means it doesn’t have to get in the way of other life commitments, such as a job, or a family to look after.

Tutor support

When studying a bookkeeping course with us, you will have a tutor on hand to help you with any questions, as well as to guide you through your course. You will always have support, meaning you’ll never be alone.

Frequently asked questions

You are not required to have a degree to become a bookkeeper, but there are qualifications that can help you get started in the field.

There are a couple of awarding bodies that offer plenty of bookkeeping courses that you can study with us.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is the largest bookkeeping institution in the world, offering certificate, and diploma courses. The courses will highlight your experience and competence within the bookkeeping profession.

An ICB-accredited qualification will help you become a fully-fledged bookkeeper, all from the comfort of your own home.

Take a look at the ICB courses we offer here at Open Study College.

Meanwhile, AAT is one leading membership organisations for over 120,000 accounting professionals. They offer a range of bookkeeping qualifications, with the highest certificate allowing the bookkeeper to use the AATQB letters after their name.

The qualifications are highly sought after, as they demonstrate practical, real-world accounting knowledge that employers will love.

Find out more about the AAT courses we offer.

Two foundational tasks in business bookkeeping are data entry and bank reconciliation, but here are what a bookkeeper’s day-to-day tasks could be:

  • Processing sales invoices, receipts, and payments
  • Data entry
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Tax filing
  • Business process
  • Business strategy
  • Completing VAT returns
  • Monthly reports
  • End-of-year reporting
  • Preparing invoices for the Inland Revenue
  • Training
  • Liaison
  • Checking company bank statements
  • Accounts receivable (and credit control)
  • Accounts payable
  • Reporting cash flow statements
  • Payroll
  • Balancing accounts
  • Dealing with financial paperwork and filing

Bookkeeping is the first part of the accounting process, meaning the work of bookkeepers and accountants often overlaps.

While bookkeeping focuses on recording and organising financial data, accounting will interpret and present that data.

They both support the business in different stages of the financial cycle.

Looking to speak to an adviser?

We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance learning colleges. We provide professionally recognised bookkeeping courses that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable education specialists that can help you choose the right bookkeeping qualifications for you.

Over the past 16 years we’ve enrolled over 120,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our education specialists can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We’re all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

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