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Bookkeeping - Level 2 Pathway

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This Level 2 course in manual and computerised bookkeeping is designed for those who want to increase their knowledge base, build on their manual double entry skills and computerised skills, and achieve a recognised qualification suitable for employment in a bookkeeping job role.

What the course is about

With the other learners in your class you will gain the necessary skills to carry out a range of day to day manual and computerised bookkeeping routines and activities, using a double entry manual bookkeeping system.

This is a qualification course leading to achievement of the IAB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and the IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Bookkeeping.

Good bookkeeping is essential business maintenance. In short, a bookkeeper keeps track of monies coming into and out of the business. By maintaining accurate financial records, bookkeepers help small, medium and micro businesses:

  • Prepare reconciliations for cash book and petty cash
  • Keep on top of day-to-day cash flow
  • Efficiently run their finances

Traditionally, bookkeepers kept paper records of business transactions. Today, a bookkeeper's tasks are diverse and highly sophisticated - requiring skilled knowledge.

The qualification is made up of 9 units:

  • Principles of VAT
  • Preparing and recording financial documentation
  • Maintaining petty cash records
  • Maintaining and reconciling the cash book
  • Maintaining the journal
  • Processing ledger transactions and extracting a trial balance
  • Maintaining control accounts
  • Setting up accounting software to manage accounting information
  • Process routine payments and receipts using a computerised system

This course continues to build on knowledge gained at level 1 and will give you the necessary skills to prepare control accounts, maintain the journal and complete double-entry, manual, bookkeeping.

You will be able to assess your own competence in carrying out a range of basic day-to-day computerised bookkeeping routines and activities using commercially available computerised accounting software.

You will develop the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills, to assess your understanding of the importance of maintaining accuracy, security and integrity, in performing bookkeeping tasks using a manual and computerised double entry bookkeeping system.

The course is intended to prepare you for entry into a range of possible job roles in small and medium sized enterprises. These might include the role of bookkeeper, accounts clerk or financial and business administrative assistant. This qualification also will provide essential knowledge and skills for those either operating or in the process of setting up an enterprise.

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research and individual research. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There may be vocational specialist guest speakers, or employers, invited to share their skills and experience.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills.

Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. To support this, you will undertake some e-learning modules, where appropriate, as homework.

If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you may be invited to meet with an Information, Advice and Guidance Officer or employability member of staff, to identify other learning opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects. We highly recommend that you engage fully in any other learning opportunities that we help you identify.

This is a vocational course leading to a qualification, and the cost is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note - if you do not successfully complete the course within this academic year, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee.

For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

An Application process is applicable to this course.

English language skills at Level 1 are required. You will be asked to complete an online assessment in English after submitting a course application.

Please note places on some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately, as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner (see Additional Information below).

For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 2 assignment and examination course. Examination dates will be given to you by your tutor at the start of the course and may fall outside the scheduled class times.

Awarding body: IAB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Bookkeeping
Assignments/Course work: 3 x online knowledge tests, 2 x online assignments
Examination(s): 2 x exams

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop which will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set. It may be possible to re-sit the examination within the academic year at an additional fee.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with working in the Accounting sector. Successful completion of this course will provide skills and knowledge required for job roles working in bookkeeping, accounting or financial and business administration.

The IAB Level 2 Pathway; Certificate in Bookkeeping & Certificate in Computerised Bookkeeping is aimed at individuals who wish to further their studies of bookkeeping and gain a competence qualification at Level 2 of the National Framework from a point of some previous experience and successful completion of Bookkeeping Level 1. Candidates wishing to join this course need to have a basic understanding of manual double entry bookkeeping.

This course is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to progress to the IAB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

Also take a look at the Simple Steps to Becoming a Qualified Professional Bookkeeper

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable. 

Materials and costs

Essential resources required to achieve your qualification-

A course text book is required for this course. This will be available on loan from Skills & Learning, or you may prefer to purchase your own text book.

You should bring A4 paper, a folder, pens, pencils, ruler and calculator to each session.

You will need access to a PC or laptop to complete homework. If you do not have access to one at home, you can use your local library. It will benefit your progress if you have regular and reliable access to the internet. We upload learning material and support documentation onto our Virtual Learning Environment which you will need to refer to frequently throughout your course. If you do not have access to the internet at home, you can use facilities at your local library.

There may be further materials you could obtain to further support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase.

Course costs for Level 2 courses:

For information regarding any funding for this course please please refer to the Finance page on our website  padding:0cm"> NOTE - If you do not attend a pre-booked practical or theory exam, without giving the required notice, you will be invoiced for the cost. Details of the fees and cancellation notice periods required are available on request.

Next Step

You may wish to consider widening your skills in this area by studying at Level 3 in Bookkeeping or Accountancy.

Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.

There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work.

Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.

Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training.

See the website for more details.

Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service

For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

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Course Details

Start Date28 January 2022

LocationOakdale Centre, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DL


Time09:30 - 12:30

Duration20 weeks

SubjectBookkeeping and Accounting


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £608. Concessions FREE.


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