ICS Bookkeeping & Accounts

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Our Bookkeeping and Accounts course takes you through the process from first principles to final accounts, giving you an in-depth knowledge and set of skills which will make you an asset in any business.

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.

The Bookkeeping and Accounts course will also lead you into 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.

Once you have completed this book-keeping course you will be ready for accounting roles and bookkeeping jobs, and for possible further study to take your career even further.

Course Content

Key topics

Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounts

  • An introduction to all the basic principles of bookkeeping and accounts, including the ledger, cash book, double-entry bookkeeping, VAT, sales, purchases, trial balance, subsidiary books of account, bank accounts, reconciliation, journals, profit and loss, final accounts and the balance sheet. 

Introduction to Finance and Accounting

  • Discover the use of accounts in management
  • Examine sources of business finance
  • Explore working capital.

Accounting for Business Managers

  • Learn accounting concepts, financial record-keeping, final accounts and company accounts covering profit and loss and balance sheets. 

Accounting Control Systems

  • Explore budgetary control systems, standard costing and variance analysis
  • Learn about costing systems including break-even analysis, and look at control ratios.

Financial Analysis

  • Delve into Ratio analysis and cash flow statements
  • Discover the discounted cash flow
  • Learn about cost-benefit analysis techniques.

Entry Requirements

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our Bookkeeping and Accounts course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible.

Where will I go from here?

The Bookkeeping and Accounts course will give you the skills you need to begin a career in accounting and bookkeeping. However, to progress further, you will find further study a definite advantage. The Bookkeeping and Accounts course is the ideal lead into the IAB Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma courses.

What will I gain?

On completion, you'll receive the ICS Bookkeeping and Accounts Diploma.


Assessments are a great way of checking your progress. During your Bookkeeping and Accounts course, you'll complete seven unit assessments and a final end of course assessment.

Many questions have multiple parts (i.e. Question 1 a, b, c, etc.). Short answer questions normally require you to write between a sentence and a paragraph.

Scenario-based questions test that you can apply the knowledge you have learnt from the course to imaginary scenarios. For example, you may be given some information about an imaginary business and then be required to prepare its accounts.

Generally, assessments can be sent to us online via the ICS Learn Student Community: it's the fastest way to receive your results.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we  offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll gain access to our study materials via our ICS Learn online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.

You'll also have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

Being part of the our online Student Community, means you will also have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors now for payment plans.

Additional fees

There are no examination or registration fees for our Book-keeping & Accounts course.

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  • Hours of Study 90 hours
  • Course Code N77
  • Study Period 12 months
  • Support Period 12 months

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