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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.


Course Requirements

Students are required to have completed Level 1 prior to enrolling onto this course or have the equivalent knowledge.



This course consists of the following units. Assignments are completed after each one.


  • Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • Accounts
  • Debit and Credit Entries and VAT
  • The Cash Book
  • The Accounts Books
  • Bank and Cash Records
  • The Ledger
  • The Day Books
  • VAT Records
  • Business Documents
  • Memorandum Items
  • Wages and Salaries
  • Stock Records
  • The Journal
  • Using the Accounts
  • Trading Accounts
  • Profit and loss Account
  • Trial Balance
  • The Balance Sheet
  • Accounts of Clubs and Societies
  • Credit Control
  • Module one: Introduction to Bookkeeping

    Unit 1: Introduction to Bookkeeping
    What is bookkeeping?
    Why keep books?
    Why you should learn about bookkeeping
    Bookkeeping methods available

    Unit 2: Principles of the double entry bookkeeping system
    Basic concepts
    Double entry
    Assets and liabilities
    Balancing both sides of a transaction
    Debit and credits
    Books of prime entry
    Presentation of accounts

    Unit 3: The accounts
    Different types of transactions
    Balancing the accounts
    Capital and stock

    Unit 4:
    Debit and credit entries and VAT
    Accounting for VAT

    Unit 5: Simple business stuctures and the cash book
    The cash book
    Where the use of a cash book is appropriate
    The analysed cashbook

    Module Two: The Accounts Books

    Unit 6: Bank and cash records
    The cash book
    Petty cash
    The imprest system
    Petty cash vouchers
    The petty cash book
    Cash Discounts
    The role of the banks
    Bank reconciliation
    Updating the bank account

    Unit 7: The ledger
    Dividing the ledger
    Sales ledger
    Purchase ledger
    Bad debts
    Private ledger
    General ledger
    Sales, purchases and returns
    VAT account
    Adjustments to the ledger

    Unit 8: The day books
    Introducing the day books
    Sales day books
    Purchases day book
    Returns day book
    Analysed day book

    Unit 10: Business documents
    Uses of documents
    Purchase orders
    Advice notes
    Delivery notes
    Goods received notes
    Credit and debit notes
    Statements and reconciling

    Unit 11: Memorandum items
    Using cheques
    Paying in slips

    Unit 12: Wages and salaries
    Gross and net pay
    Calculating net pay
    Wage packets
    Wage records
    Overtime and bonuses

    Unit 13: Stock records
    Defining stock
    Controlling stock
    Valuing stock
    Impact of deferring valualtions

    Unit 14: The journal
    Books of prime entry
    Layout of journals
    Bad debts
    Transfer of capital
    Purchase and sale of fixed assets
    Opening accounts

    Module Three: Profit, loss and balance sheets

    Unit 15: Calculating the profit figure using the profit and loss account
    Defining profit
    Ratio analysis
    Trading account and the P and L
    Accruals and prepayments

    Unit 16: A trial balance
    The trial balance
    Control accounts

    Unit 17: The balance sheet
    Assets and liabilities
    Revenue and capital expenses
    Net assets
    Working capital
    Analysing the balance sheet
    Changes in the balance sheet
    Formatting the balance shet
    Extended trial balance
    Balance sheet ratios

    Unit 18: The accounts of clubs
    Accounts for clubs
    Receipts and payments
    Income and expenditure
    Balance sheet

    Unit 19: Credit control
    Credit checking
    Credit control procedures
    Credit control and the law
    The need for prompt payments

    Unit 20: Partnerships
    The law
    Parnership agreements
    Appropriation of the partnerships profit


What qualification is awarded upon completion?

Every successful student will be awarded the Level 2 Bookkeeping Certificate.


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 100 hours overall. Students have one year to complete from the date of registration.


What is included in the price of my course?

    • Fully accredited course Manual
    • Pen
    • Paper
    • Freepost envelopes
    • Calculator
    • ICB Student Registration
    • ICB Level one mock paper
    • ICB Level one examination
    • ICB Certification
    • Unlimited email support Monday-Friday

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 Institute of Certified Bookkeepers?

The Institute of Certified bookkeepers is the biggest and most respected Bookkeeping Institute in the world. The institute now has over 250,000 members worldwide and will give you real credibility within this field. Qualified members can use the letters AICB after their name upon completion. The patron of the ICB is Prince Michael of Kent which gives your qualification real credibility and recognition.


What is the potential for earnings once I qualify?

Fully Qualified Bookkeepers are now commanding on average in the region of £20.000 Per Annum. 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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