Computerised Book-keeping (Archived)

We are sorry, but this course is no longer available. For an alternative, please choose from our range of Book-keeping courses.



Entry requirements

You do not need previous book-keeping experience but should be computer-literate. If you wish to gain the ICB Level 2 qualification you will need to have passed the ICB Level 1 Certificate in Basic Book-keeping exam. Please check all requirements with the awarding body before you begin the course.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 60 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 12 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and assessment

Five assignments
This course will help to prepare you for one of the following qualifications, for which you will need to sit an exam:
IAB Level 3
ICB Level 2

Additional information

You will need access to a computer running Sage Instant Accounts Version 15 on Windows 98 or above.

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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How to enrol

How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

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  6 months

The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.

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Module 1: Starting out

  • A new business
  • Set up business defaults
  • Set up customer accounts
  • Set up supplier accounts
  • Set up product records
  • Set up opening balances
  • Check your work: a trial balance
  • Restore data from a back-up

Module 2: Running the business

  • VAT
  • Creative invoicing and statements
  • Supplier invoices
  • Recording payments and receipts
  • Discounts
  • Recurring payments and receipts
  • Correcting errors
  • Cash payments and receipts
  • Capital and revenue expenditure

Module 3: 'End of period' process

  • Reconciling the bank statement
  • Credit control
  • The trial balance
  • Audit trail
  • The 'month end' process
  • Bad debts
  • Accruals and prepayments
  • Profit and loss
  • Depreciation
  • The balance sheet
  • The 'year end' process

Module 4: Safe computer use

  • Working safely
  • Protecting your data
  • Working within the law

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