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ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping - Associate Membership AICB

When it comes to bookkeeping, there are so many courses that it can be hard to know which to choose. So, what if we told you that you could study with the largest awarding body for bookkeeping in the world… …and through an award-wining distance learning course provider? Well you can do exactly that with this ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping! Perfect for those who are at the beginning of their career and want to progress onto bigger and better things, this level 2 course starts your journey in bookkeeping and to becoming a fully-fledged ICB member.


Course code: OSC1339
Award level: 2

Studying with an award-winning college will give you the credibility you need to make your CV stand out from the competition.

So, if becoming a bookkeeper is your life passion then this is the course for you.

We want to do everything to help you succeed, which is why we also throw in some added extras to help you along the way:

  • FREE SAGE 50 software
  • FREE CV re-writing service on completion of your course
  • Super tutor support

Course content

Course Content

Topic 1 - Underpinning Knowledge

  • Understand the importance of adhering to a code of professional ethics
  • Understand the legal differences between the structure of different types of businesses
  • Understand the specific accounting requirements for different accounting systems
  • Understand the basic accounting concepts
  • Understand the importance of legislation that applies to bookkeepers
  • Understand the importance of the Chart of Accounts
  • Understand the importance of IT systems in a modern bookkeping world
  • Understand the basic principles involved in double entry bookkeeping including the format of the accounting equation
  • Identify the various methods of payment and receipts to and from a bank account

Topic 2 - Prepare Business Documents

  • Understand the purpose and range of business documents
  • Understand the need to accurately prepare business documents for goods and services supplied
  • Understand the need to check business documents received

Topic 3 - Accounting for VAT

  • Understand the various rates of VAT
  • Understand how to correctly account for VAT in a bookkeeping system
  • Understand how to account for VAT transactions with customers in, and suppliers from, other countries

Topic 4 - Entering transactions

  • Understand the purpose of, and making entries into, a bookkeeping system
  • Calculate the value of equity
  • Understand how to upload and match bank transactions
  • Understand the use of control accounts in the system
  • Understand the purpose and need to record petty cash
  • Post appropriate journal entries into the system

Topic 5 - Reconciliation and Reporting

  • Understand the purpose and use of the trial balance
  • Reconcile relevant account balances
  • Understand the need to correct errors
  • Produce relevant reports


  • This course is assessed through 3 online tests
  • Each test must be passed in order to gain the complete qualification
  • If you choose not to sit the tests, you will be awarded a certificate of completion only


Course requirements?

You will need a basic understanding of numeracy and have access to a computer or laptop with an internet connection and the ability to download the SAGE software.

Your computer must run on Windows 7 or higher as the SAGE software will not run on Windows XP or any Apple Macintosh computer.

What's included?

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • ICB 1-year Annual Subscription and Registration fee worth £80.00 (it can take up to 6 weeks to process the registration)
  • Dedicated personal tutor support by email
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Open Study College ballpoint pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*
  • FREE Sage 50 Accounts software (available in disk format only) 
  • FREE CV writing service

*not available with the online course option

Extra costs?

If you want to go all the way and complete the examinations, there will be a small fee to be paid to ICB.

£549 £549

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