BookkeepingIAB Levels 1 & 2 in Computerised Accounting for Business

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Who is it for? Adult learners interested in gaining basic bookkeeping skills
Qualification: IAB Level 1 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business
IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business
Location: Distance Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 190 recommended study hours - six months' tutorial support

The Level 2 IAB Computerised Bookkeeping Course with Sage 50 Accounts

This course provides the only route to obtaining both accredited Level 1 and 2 qualifications from the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB), academic partners with Sage UK - two of the biggest names in the bookkeeping industry.

You will cover manual bookkeeping techniques while learning to use Sage 50 Accounts - the software of choice for most small and medium sized organisations. In fact, Sage 50 is a comprehensive business management system that can provide valuable information on customers, suppliers, products and areas of profitability.

Unlock the full potential of Sage 50 Computerised Accounts

IAB computerised bookkeeping training is invaluable to small business owners and anyone looking to develop a bookkeeping career . The syllabus covers a variety of computerised bookkeeping techniques, such as exporting and importing data and electronic submissions, financial data security, creating and emailing invoices and statements and more giving you IAB associate status and the knowledge needed to progress to IAB Level 3 courses.

View a short selection of our Course Content and Sample Materials for IAB Level 2 Accounting for Business.

These qualifications are part of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), which became fully operational in September 2010. Qualifications within the framework are made up of units and each unit is given a credit value, where one credit represents 10 hours of learning time. In total this course comprises 19 credits.

IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF) – 6 credits

  • Introduction to bookkeeping – M/600/8737 (1 credit)
  • Working within Bookkeeping - T/600/8738 (2 credits)
  • Banking procedures - A/600/8739 (1 credit)
  • Computerised Accounting Software – F/502/4401 (2 credits).

IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF) – 13 credits

  • Principles of recording and processing financial transactions - A/600/8756 (2 credits)
  • Professional values and basic business legislation - F/600/8757 (1 credit)
  • Banking procedures - A/600/8739 (1 credit)
  • Basic principles of costing – Y/600/4925 (4 credits)
  • Principles of VAT – F/600/4952 (2 credits)
  • Computerised Accounting Software – J/502/4402 (3 credits).

Plus a Certificate of Competency recognised by both Sage and the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB).

Course Snapshot

  • Level 2 qualification – comparable to studying at GCSE or higher diploma level
  • Accredited by the IAB (International Association of Book-keepers) and Sage
  • Entry requirements: Students should have a keen interest in bookkeeping and accounting with an eye for detail. A GCSE or equivalent in mathematics is desirable, but not essential
  • Four books containing 19 units 
    18 knowledge lessons and 72 short sessions in Sage
  • Eight IAB knowledge tests and two Sage tests taken at home
  • Approximately 190 recommended study hours – as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options
  • It is essential that you have a PC with the Windows 2000 operating system or higher.

What is Included?

  • Six months of unlimited tutorial support
  • Bespoke course materials
  • 2 x 180 day Sage 50 Accounts licences
  • Mock assessments
  • Assessment fees
  • Six months' IAB membership (required to take the IAB assessments)
  • 24 hour access to the Home Learning College Virtual Learning Campus
  • Free Career Management Centre services
  • Optional NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

There are no formal entry requirements for our IAB Level 2 Accounting for Business course. However it is recommended that prospective candidates have basic skills in numeracy, information technology and literacy prior to embarking on a course of study for this qualification.

Before you enrol on a Home Learning College Course, please ensure that you have read and understood the pre-requirements below:

  • You have a valid UK address (students outside the UK will receive an additional postage charge).
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement.
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language.
  • You have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period.
  • You have basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus.
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

System Requirements

To check your computer is compatible with the software provided with this course please review our Computer Compatibility and Specification Requirements.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost? That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

Alternatively you can apply for our 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 or 60 months payment plans*. Representative APR 16.9%. These plans are offered by our finance provider Omni Capital, take a look at a representative APR Example. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

* Exact package varies by course, all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with Home Learning College. Any offer of credit will be is subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions. Home Learning College is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

Because these qualifications are part of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) they are guaranteed to be recognised by recruiters and employers, helping you to secure your first finance role or take the next step up the ladder.

This might mean running an accounts office for a small to medium sizes business, or becoming part of a bigger finance team for a larger organisation.

Alternatively, you could become a self employed bookkeeper – earning £18-20 per hour – or even a Sage trainer, commanding up to £50 per hour.

If you are unsure on what level or discpline you would like to get started on why not take a look at the IAB career pathway.

Gaining the level 2 qualification will also make you eligible for Associate membership of the IAB, allowing you to use the letters AIAB after your name. Additional benefits of membership include:

  • Business support helpline
  • Continuing Professional Development and networking opportunities
  • Use of the title ‘Registered Book Keeper’ by IAB Fellows
  • Preferential Rates for Professional Indemnity insurance
  • Opportunity to register as a Practicing Member, be listed on the IAB website and be monitored to meet the requirements of UK money laundering regulations 2007
  • Access to technical advice provided by other experienced members
  • Access to useful information held in members only area of the IAB website
  • Monthly e-newsletter of news relevant to small businesses
  • Technical advice covering Tax, VAT, PAYE, Payroll, Employment & Personnel, Health and Safety and Commercial law.

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*Source: SalaryTrack, January 2013



*Source: SalaryTrack, January 2013

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