Introduction to Bookkeeping (Short Course)

Are you interested in studying bookkeeping or accounting but don’t know where to start? Or do you want to get started in a career in Bookkeeping? Get to know your assets from your liabilities with this Introduction to Bookkeeping course.

This Introductory course is the perfect place to start if you have no experience in bookkeeping or accountancy. We take you right from the start and by the end of the course, you will know what it takes to undertake the basics of bookkeeping. The Introduction to Bookkeeping course has been designed to introduce learners to the basic bookkeeping practices which underlie bookkeeping and accounting processes, from this course you will gain fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of bookkeeping. If you are a small business owner, or part of a larger organisation, having bookkeeping and accounting knowledge is a must have business skill.

This introductory course is the perfect place to start if you have no experience in bookkeeping or accountancy.
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Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

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Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X101

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Around 3 hours (it’s only a short course!).  About the same time it would take to watch just one instalment of The Lord of the Rings.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours above. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

This course is designed to be studied via our Online Learning Environment. You can access the course anywhere, at any time via your phone, tablet or computer.


Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions to enable you to monitor your progress and a knowledge check quiz at the end of the course.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by NCFE Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 1
Entry requirements
You need no prior knowledge to begin this course
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Section 1
Introduction to Bookkeeping

On this introductory course you will study the basics of bookkeeping:

  • Essential Terminology
  • Financial Documents
  • Preparing an Invoice & Calculating VAT
  • Essential Banking Procedures
  • Bookkeeping Procedures

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

The perfect introduction
Danielle Barker

I completed this course before enrolling on an IAB course and thank goodness I did. It’s well structured, easy to follow, with a lovely tutor who gave me lots of support. Only sorry that I couldn’t enrol with IAB via Oxbridge as well.

Knew I was on the right track
Dee. M

The course itself arrived in a couple of days and was easy to understand and get started. My adviser was fabulous, she really knew her stuff and helped me realise this was the career pathway for me. Upon starting the course my tutor was easily contactable, prompt with responses and detailed in feedback.


Amazing value for money! I was a complete novice but this introduction to bookkeeping course got me into a happy place. I feel like I at least understand the basics now.  Can’t wait to complete the next levels.

Excellent quality
Mr K. Matthews

I would like to thank you for such excellent quality course material. Extremely pleased.  Thank you

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