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ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping Business & Management

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers


Learn essential skills and get a valuable qualification. Accelerate your career with our ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping online course.



Our Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping online course covers all the core elements of bookkeeping, ensuring you have the knowledge you need to keep on top of your business finances, to boost your skills for your job or become self-employed as a bookkeeper. Through interactive online activities, tutor-marked assignments and learning materials developed by subject matter experts, gain the confidence and knowledge you need to thrive in the world of business.

In this course, you’ll cover all the key elements, including double-entry book-keeping, VAT, ledgers, wages and salaries, and balance sheets in a way that is engaging and easy to understand.

Take a look inside the course:

Why study ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping?

If you are looking to develop the core skills of bookkeeping, and advance your career then studying our ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping course online is the perfect choice!

Working flexibly, at a pace that suits you, you’ll study fully interactive online resources written by experts and track your progress at intervals throughout the course with tutor-marked assignments.

This course is ideal if you:

  • Are ambitious to get ahead and further your bookkeeping career
  • Run your own business and want to manage your accounts more effectively
  • Are keen to learn book-keeping theories and concepts

Future opportunities

  • Skilled bookkeepers are vital to accounting departments in all sectors
  • Working as a self-employed bookkeeper.
  • Progressing your career in finance to become a qualified accountant, a financial supervisor, analyst or manager
  • Running your own business
  • Once you get the level 2 qualification you can become an associate member of ICB and use the letters AICB after your name to show your professional status. ICB membership provides support through strong on-going professional support, technical, legal and tax advice and training events.

Course content

Section 1 An Introduction to bookkeeping
Topic 1 The roles of bookkeepers
Topic 2 Accounting terminology and concepts
Topic 3 The basic principles of double-entry bookkeeping
Topic 4 Introducing VAT
Topic 5 The cash book
Assignment 1

Section 2 Business documents and the accounts records
Topic 1 Business documents
Topic 2 Books of prime entry
Topic 3 Posting to the ledgers
Topic 4 Coding
Assignment 2

Section 3 The bank and cash
Topic 1 Petty cash
Topic 2 Bank and cash records
Topic 3 Bank reconciliations
Assignment 3

Section 4 Accounting for VAT
Topic 1 VAT
Topic 2 VAT transactions
Assignment 4

Section 5 Journal entries and the trial balance
Topic 1 Journal entries and postings
Topic 2 The trial balance
Assignment 5

Section 6 Reconciling and reporting
Topic 1 Suspense accounts
Topic 2 Control accounts
Assignment 6

Computerised accounting
Question Paper
Answers to activities

What you need to know

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Institute of Certified Bookkeepers


Interactive online learning with tutor marked assignments to prepare you for the assessments


Complete at your own pace – enrol anytime and take the assessment as soon as you’re ready.

Approx. 120* hours plus time for completing assignments per level

*This is an estimate. Everyone is different and learns at a different pace. Your study time will not only include reading the online course materials and doing the online activities, but also completing assignments and preparing yourself for the assessment.


Introductory assignment – ‘Getting to know you’ session with your tutor. This can be arranged with your tutor to take place by telephone, video call or email

6 assignments – these do not contribute towards your final grade


There are no essential set texts, as all of the information you need to succeed in the course is included in the course materials.


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec
  • You must be registered with ICB in order to book your exams. This should be done at the time of enrolment.

What's included?

Our course fees are clear and transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to learn@nec platform and resources
  • Expertly designed online course materials that you need to complete the course and written to cover the carefully selected awarding body specification
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Structured assignments to help you track your progress throughout your course
  • Guidance from your tutor for up to 12 months from your date of enrolment
  • Constructive feedback on your assignments from your tutor, to help you improve and prepare for assessment
  • Printable PDF versions of the topics
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner template to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • ICB registration fee – £65  (12 month annual membership to be paid through NEC – correct as of January 2021)
  • Finance software (this is needed towards the end of the course and should be purchased directly from the software company. A free trial or monthly subscription is available in some cases). We are unable to advise on choice of software or answer software questions.
  • Exam fees

If you need more support, you can purchase:

  • Online tutorials – if you need help with a specific topic you can arrange a 30 minute or 1 hour tutorial
  • Revision tutorial –  to plan your revision and explore revision techniques

For further information on additional/optional support you can purchase, please visit our additional services page.

Exams and assessment

3 online exams which you can take at home when you are ready with remote invigilation, no need to wait or travel to an exam venue.

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