1Course Overview

ICB Level 3 Certificate - Associate Membership AICB

Course code: OSC1219

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Are you interested in bookkeeping and accounts? With this course you will receive all you need to know about just that, from home!

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

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to become a qualified bookkeeper.
  • Learn how to produce the final accounts for sole traders, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations in both manual and computerised systems.
  • This course includes FREE Sage 50 Workbook software for you to practise real bookkeeping throughout your course.
  • On successful completion of this course, you will be a fully qualified bookkeeper. You will be able to gain Associate member status with the ICB, allowing you to use the letters AICB after your name. You would also be able to work as a self employed/employed bookkeeper.
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Receive £25.00 cashback as a congratulations from us for successfully completing each course and ICB examination in full.

Please note: To enrol on this course you will need to have achieved an ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping or its equivalent with another awarding body.

Meet our award-winning tutor - Caroline Wren

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2Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: Underpinning knowledge
  • Understand the importance of adhering to a code of ethical principles
  • Understand when and how to take appropriate action to cope with unethical behaviour
  • Understand the legal differences between the structures of various types of businesses
  • Understand the main accounting concepts that apply
  • Understand the different rules that apply when processing VAT transactions
Unit 2: Reconciliation of accounts and correction of errors
  • Reconcile supplier statements
  • Prepare a bank reconciliation statement.
  • Use control accounts to reconcile sales and purchase ledgers
  • Understand the need to correct errors
  • Understand what to do if the trial balance does not
  • Produce a corrected trial balance
Unit 3: VAT Returns
  • Reconcile the VAT account
  • Complete a VAT return
Unit 4: Calculate and post adjustments to the ledgers
  • Calculate depreciation
  • Account for the disposal of fixed assets
  • Understand the need to allow for adjustments to the accounts
Unit 5: Final accounts of non-incorporated businesses
  • Prepare a set of final accounts for a sole trader from a given trial balance
  • Prepare a set of final accounts for ‘not-for-profit’ organisations
  • Prepare a set of final accounts for a partnership
3Other Information


The assessment for the qualification is formed into two sections.

Section 1: For this section you will complete three online tests, which can be taken at home or at work. These tests assess you on various reconciliation processes, plus the production of final accounts for non-incorporated business and not-for-profit organisations (in both a manual and a computerised system).

Section 2: For this section you are required to complete an exam at an approved ICB test centre. This will test the knowledge you have gained throughout the whole syllabus including topics from level 2.

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 course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work, with 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, and with successful completion of the tutor marked assessments we can provide you with a completion certificate.

2) You can take all the necessary ICB examinations. On successful completion of this examination, you will gain an official ICB Level III Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts.


Course Questions & Answers

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

Before commencing the study at this level the candidate should have achieved ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping or its equivalent with another awarding body. In addition, the software is provided on a disk so you will need to ensure that your computer or laptop is compatible with this. 

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 student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts software (available in disk format only)
  • FREE CV writing service
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. The software is provided on a disk so you will need to ensure that your computer or laptop is compatible with this. 

Do I have to sit an exam?

You have the option of sitting the ICB examinations; however, if you choose not to take the exam, when 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.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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