Course Overview

ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping - Associate Membership AICB

Course code: OSC1339

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Learn the principles of bookkeeping, from home!

Study with an award-winning home learning provider with tutor support!

  • Develop core skills in application to both manual and computerised bookkeeping.
  • A successful pass on this qualification will allow you to become an Associate Member of the ICB and use the designated letters AICB after your name. This will enable you to work as an employed or self employed bookkeeper.
  • Gain a solid foundation in all the key aspects of bookkeeping.
  • Study a course that is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), the world's largest bookkeeping institute.
  • This course is an ideal introduction to bookkeeping and prepares you for the ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts.

Your course also includes:

  • FREE ICB 1-year Annual Subscription and Registration fee worth £80.00
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts Level 2 software (available as a download - you will need internet access and the ability to store to your device)

Watch our video with ICB CEO, Garry Carter. Please note that the levels of study and membership have now changed. Level 2 is now Associate Membership.

This course is assessed online, so it couldn't be simpler. Our experienced and friendly tutors will support you every step of the way.

Achieve your dream career and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Discounts on selected courses - Until 26th November
Course Content

Course Content

Topic 1 - Underpinning Knowledge

  • Understand the importance of adhering to a code of professional ethics
  • Understand the legal differences between the structure of different types of businesses
  • Understand the specific accounting requirements for different accounting systems
  • Understand the basic accounting concepts
  • Understand the importance of legislation that applies to bookkeepers
  • Understand the importance of the Chart of Accounts
  • Understand the importance of IT systems in a modern bookkeeping world
  • Understand the basic principles involved in double entry bookkeeping including the format of the accounting equation
  • Identify the various methods of payment and receipts to and from a bank account

Topic 2 - Prepare Business Documents

  • Understand the purpose and range of business documents
  • Understand the need to accurately prepare business documents for goods and services supplied
  • Understand the need to check business documents received

Topic 3 - Accounting for VAT

  • Understand the various rates of VAT
  • Understand how to correctly account for VAT in a bookkeeping system
  • Understand how to account for VAT transactions with customers in, and suppliers from, other countries

Topic 4 - Entering transactions

  • Understand the purpose of, and making entries into, a bookkeeping system
  • Calculate the value of equity
  • Understand how to upload and match bank transactions
  • Understand the use of control accounts in the system
  • Understand the purpose and need to record petty cash
  • Post appropriate journal entries into the system

Topic 5 - Reconciliation and Reporting

  • Understand the purpose and use of the trial balance
  • Reconcile relevant account balances
  • Understand the need to correct errors
  • Produce relevant reports
Other Information

Assessment

The assessment for this qualification comprises three online tests, which can be taken at home or at work. You must successfully pass all three tests in order to gain the full qualification, but if you prefer to study without assessment, we can issue you with a certificate proving your completion of the course.

Course Duration

You have a year to complete this course. This means you will receive 12 months tutor support. Whilst studying your course you will also be asked to install the Sage software (your materials will tell you when to do this). From the point when you have installed the software you will have 6 months to complete the computerised section.

Study Method

The distance learning course can be studied from home or at work. You will receive all course materials and unlimited tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

With this bookkeeping course you have two options:

1) The course can be studied for personal interest and development. On successful completion of the tutor-marked assessments, we can provide you with a certificate of achievement proving your success.

2) You can choose to take the ICB examinations online from home. On successful completion of these examinations, you will receive an official ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is the world's largest bookkeeping body in the world. The ICB was started in the UK in 1996 and now has over 150,000 members. The ICB aims to provide relevant and academically recognised qualifications, as well as promote and maintain the standards of bookkeeping as a profession.

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills or requirements are there to enrol onto this course?

No prior bookkeeping knowledge is needed to enrol onto this course, but you should have basic numerical skills. You will need to download the software from the link we provide, so you'll need to have an internet connection and storage on your computer. 

Will the Sage software work on any computer?

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. Also, the software is provided as a download so you will need to ensure that you are able to download it.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • ICB 1-year Annual Subscription and Registration fee worth £80.00 (it can take up to 6 weeks to process the registration)
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Ballpoint pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts software (available as a download only) 
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers

* Available only with the coursde pack option

Do I have to sit an exam?

You have the option of sitting the ICB examination from home. However, if you choose not to take the exam, once you have completed your tutor marked assessments we can issue you with a certificate proving that you have completed the course.

Are there any additional costs?

If you decide to sit the ICB exams, there will be a charge payable to the ICB.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

Open Study College, 6140 Knights Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7WY is a licensed credit broker, authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (licence number 724179 with FCA).