ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

This level 2 course is the simple way to become a qualified assistant bookkeeper and a great place to begin your bookkeeping career.

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Overview

Bookkeeping is a fantastic career for so many reasons: you’ll always be in demand, you’ll have the freedom to work from home if you wish, there are plenty of routes for progression, and you can become fully qualified from the comfort of your own home.

Even if you’ve no experience in bookkeeping or financial management, never fear – our ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping is designed to teach you all the basics, from the principles of double-entry to producing period-end trial balances.

On completion of this level 2 certificate in bookkeeping, you’ll become a qualified assistant bookkeeper, meaning you can start work under supervision immediately. Moreover, you’ll get 12 months’ ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) student membership for FREE, along with six months’ access to Sage Business Cloud Accounting (Sage One), the most commonly used bookkeeping software. You’ll also be able to add the letters “ACIB” after your name.

After completing this course, you’ll be able to move on to our ICB Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounts qualification to become a certified bookkeeper. Alternatively, enrol on both courses as a bundle and we’ll fund 10% of your course fees! Not sure whether bookkeeping is for you? Then take our Introduction to Bookkeeping short course to find out!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Paper A1 – Basic double-entry bookkeeping to trial balance

Here, you’ll look at the role of the bookkeeper, types of businesses, setting up the business bank account, and the analysed cash book. You’ll study the nature of the double entry system, the term ‘duality’, learn how to demonstrate a set of double entry accounts for bank transactions, and be introduced to the trial balance to enable the checking of account entries. Furthermore, you’ll study how to correct errors, the cash account, two column cash books, debit and credit cards, and payroll transactions. Finally, you’ll get to grips with concepts such as the use of VAT input and output accounts, dealing with VAT on deposits, the petty cash account, and bookkeeping entries for dealing with bad debts.

Unit 2 - Paper A2 – Further double entry bookkeeping to trial balance

In book two, you’ll learn when to use day books, and how to post the identified amounts into the relevant accounts in the correct ledger. You’ll also look at the importance of using control accounts, how to post details of receipts, payments, and discounts into a three-column cash book, and the tax deduction scheme that applies to the construction industry. Moving on, you’ll aim to understand how to record the withdrawal of funds by owners of different types of businesses, and the basics of relevant legislation applicable to bookkeeping. Finally, you’ll discover how to complete reconciliation of bank, debtors and creditors.

Unit 3 - Paper A3 – Data entry to trial balance using a computerised accounts package

In the third book, you’ll learn to recognise the main tabs on the summary screen, make entries for bank receipts and payments, and correctly identify which VAT code to use. You’ll also study how to find and correct errors using Sage One, record purchases and sales, and use a cash register account. Finally, you’ll get to grips with drawings and loans, adding new categories and accounts to the chart of accounts, issuing and clearing credit notes, dealing with foreign invoices, as well as bank reconciliation.

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Awarding Body

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Specialising in Bookkeeping courses, The ICB need no introduction, they are the biggest institution of its kind in the world. Effortlessly and professionally maintaining the high standards of bookkeeping as a profession.

Course Outcome

Successful achievement of this qualification will allow you to gain Affiliate Membership to the ICB. You will be able to work as an Assistant Bookkeeper and you will also receive an official certificate of completion from the ICB. Read more about the ICB.

How is this course assessed or examined?

There are three online exams (A1, A2 & A3), taken in order, and at an additional fee of £75 per exam. Successful candidates will need to pass all three assessments to gain the full qualification and these exams are taken via The ICB portal on your computer at home.

Entry requirements

We recommend a reasonable level of English and maths. If you’re feeling rusty, why not try our Introduction to bookkeeping course first?

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Why study bookkeeping and accounting with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we pride ourselves on our high standard of accounting and bookkeeping courses, the quality of which is reflected in our high pass rates.

Our specially designed and developed distance learning courses will result in industry-recognised qualifications from leading and respected awarding bodies.

We’re award-winning! Courses are a substantial investment, both in time and money. It’s important that you find a provider that aligns closely with the ICB.

You’ll therefore note that we’ve won multiple awards for our Bookkeeping courses, at the annual ICB Luca Awards. The Luca Awards are like the Oscars of the bookkeeping profession and allow us to demonstrate our commitment to providing top-quality online bookkeeping courses.

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What opportunities are there, after I’ve completed my online bookkeeping course?

The demand for bookkeepers is expected to keep rising. As a result, there will always be opportunities for talented and certified individuals.

Ensuring you are technically competent is vital, given the rise of lots of new bookkeeping and accountancy tools that are disrupting the marketplace. The majority of these tools are designed and developed to make your life easier. With new technologies such as automatic receipt recognition, so as to avoid time-inefficient tasks like entering bills and receipts manually.

Options include working ‘in-house’ – where you work directly for one company; working for an accounting agency – where you’re responsible for multiple companies. or working for yourself – on a contract or freelance basis.

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Should I study Bookkeeping OR Accounting?

Bookkeeping is an element of accounting. It’s quicker to get qualified, meaning it’s a faster route to kick-starting a new career. However, you don’t have to choose one or the other. You can study both bookkeeping and accounting simultaneously, or you can become a qualified bookkeeper first, and then expand your skill set by studying an accountancy course later. Since all our bookkeeping and accountancy courses are online, you can even fit your studies around your work.

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Why choose to study bookkeeping and accounting courses from home?

Education is becoming more and more versatile every day; students can learn in a way that best suits them and fits their lifestyles.

By enroling on an online accounting or bookkeeping course, you can study whenever you feel like it – it doesn’t matter whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. Online learning is also great for people who need to fit their learning around a full-time job or family commitments.

Plus, if you hit a snag or don’t quite understand something, you can book one-on-one time with your experienced designated tutor to help you get things back on track.

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ICB Bookkeeping courses online

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is the world’s largest bookkeeping organisation and awarding body. ICB helps set the standards of Bookkeeping as a profession through their range of well-established qualifications.

We provide a range of ICB courses, teaching you everything you need to kickstart your career in the finance industry. Why not invest in our ICB course bundle, covering bookkeeping, accounts and payroll?

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