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Develop core skills in application to both manual and computerised bookkeeping.
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.
A successful pass on this qualification will allow you to become an Affiliate Member of the ICB and use the designated letters AfICB after your name. This will enable you to work as an Assistant Bookkeeper under supervision.
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 £78.00
FREE Sage 50 Accounts Level 2 software
This course is assessed online, so it couldn't be simpler. Our experienced and friendly tutors will support you every step of the way.
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Unit 1: Underpinning Knowledge
Understand the importance of adhering to a code of Professional Ethics
Understand the basic differences between the structures of different types of businesses
Understand the importance of legislation that applies to bookkeepers
Understand the basic elements of a contract
Understand the Accounting Equation
Understand the concept of reporting on a cash basis for income tax purposes
Identify the various methods of payments and receipts to and from a bank account
Understand the need for bank security
Understand the basic accounting concepts
Unit 2: Business Documents
Understand the purpose and range of business documents.
Understand the need to accurately prepare business documents for goods supplied
Understand the need to check business documents received
Unit 3: Ledger accounts and the division of the ledger
Understand the purpose of, and make entries into, the ledger accounts
Use a set of control accounts in the ledgers
Enter transactions into control accounts from the relevant books of prime entry
Unit 4: Books of prime entry
Understand the purpose of, and make entries into, the books of prime entry
Explain how the books of prime entry integrate with the ledgers
Entering invoices and credit notes into books of prime entry
Preparing sales day book, sales returns day book, purchase day book and purchase returns day book
Prepare an opening journal entry for a business
Prepare a journal entry to record purchase of a fixed asset
Unit 5: Accounting for VAT
Understand the process of dealing with and accounting for VAT in the ledgers.
Learning the difference between the following levels of VAT:
Exempt of VAT
Outside the scope of VAT
Extract the VAT from a VAT inclusive amount
Correctly account for input and output tax in the ledgers including amounts that are VAT inclusive
Explain the significance of debit and credit balances in the VAT accounts
Understand how VAT is calculated and entered into the books of account for the following types of invoices:
Invoices to customers and from suppliers outside the EU that are zero rated
Invoices to customers and from suppliers outside the UK but within the EU that are:
a) not registered for VAT in their own country
b) registered for VAT in their own country
Unit 6: Making and receiving payments
Understand the use of an analysed cash book
Record income and expenditure into an analysed cash book
Understand the purpose and need to record petty cash
Understand the purpose and use of the two and three column cash books
Unit 7: Trial Balance
Understand the purpose and use of the trial balance.
Prepare a trial balance from the ledger accounts
Understand what to do if the trial balance does not balance
Open a suspense account where applicable to account for any imbalance
Unit 8: Use a computerised accounts package
Health and safety of using computerised systems
Set up new business accounts
Processing Nominal Ledger and Subsidiary Ledger Accounts
Generate reports for trial balance, audit trail, nominal account transactions
Generate reports for bank account transactions and sales and ledger transactions
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.
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.
The distance learning course can be studied from home or at work. You will receive all course materials and unlimited tutor support by email.
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 II 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.
course questions & answers
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.
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.
What is included in the cost of my course?
Comprehensive study guide
ICB 1-year Annual Subscription and Registration fee worth £78.00 (it can take up to 6 weeks to process the registration)
Dedicated personal tutor support by email
Dedicated personal tutor support by telephone (available 4 days a week)
Dedicated student support
Assignment marking and feedback
Exclusive Open Study College Pen
Student study planner
Three colour highlighter
FREE Sage 50 Accounts software
FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
FREE CV writing service
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 small charge payable to the ICB and your chosen assessment centre.
I have done a little bookkeeping in the past but not much. So far the course has been very instructive and methodically laid out. I have been able to go back over certain things which I didn't understand and re-study them. The student activities etc. are really good for making you think and backing up what you have learnt. It also ensures you don't rush too quickly into the assignment before you are ready. I have had very prompt responses from my tutor. I have yet to tackle the software.
"So far so very good!"
- Nicola Camp, Wellingborough
So far so very good! I'm currently flying through my first level and thoroughly enjoying it!