About the course

This course is ideal if wish to begin you studies of computerised bookkeeping and gain an entry level qualification at Level 1 of the National Framework from a point of no previous knowledge. It is also very useful if you already have some practical knowledge and skills but wish to gain an accredited qualification in the subject.

You may also find this qualification useful if you are the owner of a small businesses, as it gives coverage of the keeping of a single-entry book manual keeping system, suitable for the production of small business accounts  and also acts as some of the underpinning knowledge required for the processing of financial transactions using a computerised accounting system.

The IAB is the longest established professional body for bookkeeping. It was formed in 1973, and is committed to maintaining the highest standards in book-keeping. It holds its examinations in over 90 countries throughout the world. This course is suited to those who have little or no experience of finance, and who may be looking for a career change.

What you will study

  • Manual book keeping
  • Recording receipts and payments
  • Preparing and processing bookkeeping documents
  • Recording credit transactions
  • Making and receiving payments
  • Maintaining petty cash records
  • Computerized Book keeping

Mandatory units

  • Record routine bookkeeping transactions using a computerised system
  • Prepare and record sales and purchase documents using a computerised system

Option units

  • Principles of recording and processing financial transactions
  • Professional values and basic business legislation


  • Exams and a College-based assignments

Entry requirements

  • A reasonable standard of maths and English is expected and you must be computer literate
  • You need to be over 19 at the beginning of the academic year to be able to enrol on this course

Moving forward

  • Accounting AAT Level 2 Certificate
  • OR Accounting AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate

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