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Xero Basic Skills (self-study) Bookkeeping

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Whether you're running a small business, pursuing a career as a bookkeeper, or simply looking to keep on top of the household budget, this beginner's course will help you develop essential skills in practical bookkeeping software.

Learning basic bookkeeping skills can help greatly with your confidence in working with finances in any regard; and getting to grips with commonly used bookkeeping software is a great place to start! Once you have mastered the basics, you will be able to undertake further qualifications and branch out to a number of specialisms, including accounting, auditing and more.

NEC’s Xero Basic Skills course is a great option for those looking for a change in career. No prior experience is required to start studying and this could be your first step along a diverse and rewarding career path with many options for further study and a high earning potential.

This online course is designed to be flexible and can be studied your way, whenever you have the time. Furthermore, pursuing a career in bookkeeping can open up possibilities for flexible working – whether you prefer to work independently from home or within a bustling office setting, you will have the chance to take control and work however suits you best.

This particular course can be studied either on its own or alongside another bookkeeping qualification, such as our accredited ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

Why study Xero Basic Skills (self-study)?

If you are looking to develop your understanding of Xero bookkeeping software, whether this is to further your career or to help within your small business, our Xero Basic Skills online course is the perfect choice,  especially if you are new to the software!

Working flexibly, at a pace that suits you, you’ll study fully interactive online resources written by experts and track your progress throughout the course with review quizzes at the end of each topic.

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 the basics of Xero software.

Course content

Topic 1: Getting Started
Topic 2: Money In
Topic 3: Money Out
Topic 4: Banking
Topic 5: VAT
Topic 6: The Chart of Accounts
Topic 7: Credit Notes and Journals

What you need to know


Interactive elearning topics with videos, exercises and review quizzes at the end of each topic.


Complete at your own pace – enrol anytime.

You will have access to your course materials for up to 6 months.

*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.


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
  • Good computer literacy
  • Access to Xero software, the 1-month free trial offered by Xero would be sufficient

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
  • Support from our Student Services team
  • Review quizzes at the end of each topic to help you track your progress
  • Access to course materials for up to 6 months from your date of enrolment
  • 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

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Access to Xero software. Xero does offer a 1-month free trial which will be sufficient for the course.

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