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Professional Qualification

Basic Accounting

and Bookkeeping

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Course Information

Certification summary

In this course you will learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping, such as the ledger, the cash book, and sales and purchases. You'll explore double entry book-keeping and trial balances, before going on to learn about the journal, bank accounts and balance sheets.

Exam Information

Course summary

To complete an Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping training package you need to complete these chapters:

Chapter 1: Accounting Introduction
Chapter 2: Sales Documentation and the Accounting Equation
Chapter 3: Customers and Suppliers
Chapter 4: Sales, Purchases and Returns
Chapter 5: Cash Books
Chapter 6: Trial Balance

A closer look...

Using online learning the course takes you through the process from First Principles and Core Concepts to Final Accounts, giving you an in-depth knowledge and set of skills which will make you an asset in any business while allowing you to study at your own pace in your own time. This course will create a strong foundation for any further education into accounting and chartered accounting, or learning the basics before jumping into the world of Sage.

Career & Job Opportunities

Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping enjoys lucrative career paths for a variety of high demand and vibrant accounting roles. Below is a short list of the range of career opportunities offered to VCPs:

    • Cashier / Clerical Assistant ;
    • Accounts Clerk ;
    • Payroll Administrator ;
    • Ledger Clerk ;
    • Accounts Supervisor ;
    • Accounts Manager ;

The salaries of the jobs listed above range from £18,500pa to £37,500pa with more than 81% being offered a salary of more than £24,700pa.

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jobs for the ECDL Training Package

We will work with you to ensure that you can find work in IT after completing your Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Working with JobcentrePlus and our Recruitment Partners across the UK, we will work with you to ensure that you can find work in IT (an not in any job) through job interviews and applications. We aim to get you in an IT job role on completion of your Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping. If you have no qualification or background in IT, we will provide you with the necessary training for the experience required. For existing Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping professionals, we can upgrade your qualifications and improve your career prospects. Do not allow your lack of experience or self-confidence deny you from a career in I.T - it is a lot easier (and enjoyable too) than most people think, once you learn the basics.


of Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping holders are being offered a salary of more than £24,700pa in the UK.

The course overview

The Basic Account and Bookkeeping Training is the latest generation in accounting and bookkeeping skills and as such there is no current retirement plan for its exams. Below is a breakdown of the modules for this certification and how they are made up.

More Exam Information

Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping

This course is set out in the following module:

- Accounting Introduction
- Sales Documentation and the Accounting Equation
- Customers and Suppliers
- Sales, Purchases and Returns
- Cash Books


Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping (68 hours)

The Basic Accounting and Bookkeeping course will show you the bigger picture of business finance. You'll look at management accounting and the different systems used in corporate settings. Budgets and budget control will be explained, along with cash flow statements and financial analysis. Here are the module chapters and the key topics that will be covered within the module; we recommend an approximate study time of 68 hours:

  • Chapter 1: Accounting Introduction
    (approx. study time - 5 hours)
    • 1.1 - Introduction
      • 1.1.1 - Course Introduction
      • 1.1.2 - Income tax and accounting rules
      • 1.1.3 - The Accounting Department
      • 1.1.4 - Bookkeeping and Accounting Tutorial
    • 1.2 - The Basic Accounting System
      • 1.2.1 - Overview Of The Accounting System
      • 1.2.2 - Transferring To The Books Of Prime Entry
      • 1.2.3 - Transferring To Ledger Accounts
      • 1.2.4 - Ledger Accounts
      • 1.2.5 - Trial Balance
      • 1.2.6 - Touching on financial statements
  • Chapter 2: Sales Documentation and the Accounting Equation
    (approx. study time - 12 hours)
    • 2.1 - Financial Documents for Sales
      • 2.1.1 - Financial documents
      • 2.1.2 - Flow of documents
      • 2.1.3 - Invoice summary
      • 2.1.4 - Discounts and VAT
      • 2.1.5 - Checking invoices
      • 2.1.6 - Credit Notes and Statements
      • 2.1.7 - Coding and Filing
    • 2.2 - The Accounting Equation and Double Entry
      • 2.2.1 - Introduction to double entry
      • 2.2.2 - Bank accounts
      • 2.2.3 - Writing up a double entry account
      • 2.2.4 - Debits and credits
      • 2.2.5 - Double-entry and the accounting equation
      • 2.2.6 - Balancing Accounts
  • Chapter 3: Customers and Suppliers
    (approx. study time - 16 hours)
    • 3.1 - Processing payments from customers
      • 3.1.1 - Remittance Advice
      • 3.1.2 - Discrepancies
    • 3.2 - Processing documents from suppliers
      • 3.2.1 - Ordering Procedure
      • 3.2.2 - Purchase order
      • 3.2.3 - Delivery note
      • 3.2.4 - Goods received note
      • 3.2.5 - Purchase invoice
      • 3.2.6 - Checking financial documents
      • 3.2.7 - Checking invoice calculations
      • 3.2.8 - Coding Credit notes and Purchases invoices
    • 3.3 - Preparing payments to suppliers
      • 3.3.1 - Reconciling the supplier statement of account
      • 3.3.2 - Dealing with discrepancies
      • 3.3.3 - Disputed invoices and invoice authorisation
      • 3.3.4 - Preparing remittance advices
  • Chapter 4: Sales, Purchases and Returns
    (approx. study time - 10 hours)
    • 4.1 - Sales and Sales returns accounting
      • 4.1.1 - Credit sales and sales returns
      • 4.1.2 - Books of prime entry
      • 4.1.3 - General ledger and sales ledger
      • 4.1.4 - Accounting system and bookkeeping for credit sale
      • 4.1.5 - Accounting system and bookkeeping for sales returns
      • 4.1.6 - Analysed sales day books
    • 4.2 - Purchases and purchases returns accounting
      • 4.2.1 - Credit purchases and returns
      • 4.2.2 - Accounting system for credit purchases
      • 4.2.3 - Purchases day book and bookkeeping for credit sales
      • 4.2.4 - Accounting system for purchases returns
      • 4.2.5 - Purchases returns day book and bookkeeping for purchases returns
      • 4.2.6 - Analysed purchases day book
  • Chapter 5: Cash Books
    (approx. study time - 21 hours)
    • 5.1 - Three column cash book
      • 5.1.1 - What the cash book is used for
      • 5.1.2 - Three column cash book layout
      • 5.1.3 - Cash book to the double-entry system
      • 5.1.4 - Balancing the cash book
      • 5.1.5 - Cash book to Ledger
    • 5.2 - Analysed cash book
      • 5.2.1 - Case study
      • 5.2.2 - Transferring from analysed cash book to ledger
      • 5.2.3 - Dishonoured cheques
      • 5.2.4 - The cash book in the accounting system
      • 5.2.5 - Bank and cash control accounts
      • 5.2.6 - Checking the cash book
    • 5.3 - Petty cash book
      • 5.3.1 - What the petty cash book is used for
      • 5.3.2 - The imprest system and petty cash vouchers
      • 5.3.3 - Petty cash book layout
      • 5.3.4 - VAT and petty cash
      • 5.3.5 - Balances and transferring the analysis columns
      • 5.3.6 - Restoring the cash float and control of petty cash
      • 5.3.7 - Checking the cash
      • 5.3.8 - Petty cash book in the accounting system
      • 5.3.9 - Petty cash control account
  • Chapter 6: Trial Balance
    (approx. study time - 4 hours)
    • 6.1 - The initial trial balance
      • 6.1.1 - Initial trial balance preparation
      • 6.1.2 - Guidelines for credit and debit balances
      • 6.1.3 - Unbalanced trial balance
      • 6.1.4 - Capital and revenue Income and expenditure

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