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A strong understanding of your company's finances is one of the most vital factors that will influence its potential for success. But hiring accountants can be too costly for many young businesses.
That's why this ICB Level 2 Bookkeeping, Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounts and Starting Your Own Business course package offers you the chance to learn how to plan, set up, market and run a company, and gain knowledge of all aspects of bookkeeping.
Starting with manual single-entry bookkeeping, and working up to fully computerised accounts for a limited company, the course aims to provide a depth of knowledge in step-by-step fashion, so that you develop a solid foundation in bookkeeping theory and practice.
Watch our video with ICB CEO Garry Carter to find out more. Please note the level awards have now changed - level 2 is associate membership, and level 3 is full membership.
For the Starting Your Own Business Level 3 course, you will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.
For the ICB Bookkeeping Level 2 and 3 course, the following assessments must be completed if you wish to gain the formal ICB qualifications:
All online tests can be taken at home or at work, wherever you have access to a secure Internet connection, so assessment is quick and simple. For the centre-based tests, we can help you find an approved ICB examination centre in your area.
You may start at any time and have 12 months per level to complete your studies. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and enable you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of deadlines.
The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post, plus tutor support by email.
1) The course can be studied for personal interest and development without assessment and we can provide you with a completion certificate.
2) You can opt to take the online home tests and centre-based examinations. On successful completion of the these, you will gain two bookkeeping qualifications: the ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (AICB) and the ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts (MICB). Passing these qualifications will enable you to gain full membership status with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and use the letters MICB after your name, proving your qualifications to potential employers and clients.
ABC Award (Starting Your Own Business)
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificates of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.
The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.
The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.
ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.
No prior bookkeeping knowledge is needed to enrol onto this course, but you should have basic numerical skills. The SAGE software is accessible via a downloadable link, so you'll need a computer or laptop with internet connection and storage.
The Sage 50 Accounts software will only work on computers which run Windows 7 or higher, therefore Sage will not run on Windows XP. Sage software will not run on any Apple Macintosh computer. Please email us for full specification and compatibility details. The software is downloadable via an online link, so you will need internet connection and storage on your device.
You have the option of sitting the ICB examinations. However, if you choose not to take the exam, we can issue you with a certificate proving that you have completed the course.
If you decide to sit the ICB exams, there will be a charge payable to the ICB and your chosen assessment centre.
We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.
For further information please contact us.