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 All courses can be enrolled onto at anytime of the year without any restrictions and completed entirely from home at your own pace. Courses come complete with everything you require to complete including One years ICB membership, exam fees and assignment assessment.

Choose from two different courses: The ICB Bookkeeping level one course
 will give you a general introduction into bookkeeping right from the very basics and presumes no prior knowledge at all.
We also provide an ICB level two course which will take students students a little further in depth than the level one course to an intermediate level. Students can take one course at a time or choose to combine levels at a reduced cost.

Please be advised if you choose a combination course that you still need to complete within a year of registration to avoid any additional fees.

ICB courses include one years ICB student membership and exam fees. Membership is arranged by our admin team and exams are advised by the tutors as and when they feel the student is at the required standard. ICB student membership is required to be able to take examination.

Students can complete at their own pace to a maximum of one year for completion. Choose the course to suit your personal requirements and you can enrol, register and make payment online. Alternatively you can call our office where one of our support team will be more than happy to take your details .Once enrolled you will be posted your course materials within seven days.

Take the first steps into a rewarding career!


Course Requirements

There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this course. Ideal for total beginners.



This course consists of eight units in total. Assignments are to be completed at the end of each one.


  • Introduction
  • An Introduction to VAT
  • Books of Original Entry
  • Ledger Accounts
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Trial Balance
  • Business Documents
  • Security of Data
  • The course consists of the following nine modules:

    Module One:

    Starting up a business
    Business categories
    Bookkeeping and bookkeepers
    Reasons for keeping records
    Legal requirements
    The principles of double entry bookkeeping
    Types of accounts
    Profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow
    Getting used to debits and credits

    Module Two:

    An introduction to VAT
    What is VAT?
    Input and output tax
    VAT rates
    VAT schemes
    Registering a business for VAT #
    Records that need to be kept
    VAT account #
    VAT returns
    How to calculate VAT at 17.5%
    How to calculate vat at reduced rate of 5%
    Showing VAT on invoices
    Example VAT invoice layout

    Module Three:

    Books of original entry
    What are the books of original entry?
    How are the books of original entry used?
    Source documents for the books of original entry
    Sales day book
    Purchases day book
    Returns inward day book
    Returns outward day book
    Cash book
    Balancing the cash book
    Setting up a two column cash book
    Petty cash and the imprest system
    The general journal
    Making opening entries in the general journal
    The purchases of fixed assets in the journal
    The correction of errors in the journal
    Credit control
    The terms creditors and debtors explained

    Module Four:

    The purpose of ledger accounts
    The sales ledger
    The purchase ledger
    The general ledger
    Capital expenditure and revenue expenditure
    Nominal, real and personal accounts
    Make opening entries in the ledger accounts
    Posting to the ledger accounts
    Calculating and recording the balances in the ledger accounts
    How to balance ledger accounts
    Writing off bad debts
    Payroll transactions

    Module Five:

    Bank reconciliation
    Checking the bank statement against the cash book
    Creating the bank reconciliation statement
    Updating the cashbook

    Module Six:

    Trial balance
    What is a trial balance?
    Why you need to perform a trial balance
    Examples of debit balances and credit balances
    Errors in the trial balance
    Types of errors that the trial balance does not disclose
    Actions to take to correct errors

    Module Seven:

    Business administration
    Setting up business documents
    Producing business documents
    A sample VAT sales invoice
    A sample credit note
    A sample customer statement of account

    Module Eight:

    The data protection act
    Sale of goods
    Key facts
    Banking: functions and services
    Business current account
    Paying in slips
    Bank giro credits/credit transfer
    Standing order
    Direct debits
    Internet banking

    Module Nine:

    End of course exercises

    Post opening balances
    Post details to the cash book
    Post sales and purchase invoices to the sales and purchase day books
    Post petty cash expenses to the petty cash book
    Balance the day books and post balances to the ledgers
    Prepare the VAT account
    Balance off the ledger accounts and extract a trial balance


What qualification is awarded upon completion?

Every successful student will be awarded the Level 1 Bookkeeping Certificate ICB 

How long will this course take to complete and do I have to complete within a certain time?

Students can register for this course at any time. Average completion time is approximately 60 hours overall. Students have one year to complete from the date of registration


What is included in the price of my course?

Study Pack. Study notes to accompany each unit of the course. Self Assessment Activities Assignments Tutor support Assignment Marking and Feedback


What if I need to ask a question relating to my course?

All students registered for this course will be assigned a personal tutor whom they may contact during working hours. Details of who your tutor is and how to contact them will be in your study pack.


How is my Coursework assessed?

All assignments will be submitted to your personal tutor on a regular basis as you progress through your course. A report along with any relevant comments will be returned to you.


What is the potential for earnings once I qualify?

Qualified bookkeepers are now commanding in the region of £18.000 - £22.000 Per Annum in employed positions. As a self employed bookkeeper you will be able to charge small businesses between £12.00 - £20.00 per hour for your services



Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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