ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts Level 3

ICB Bookkeeping level 3 covering papers BA4, BA5 & BA6 and BA7, this home learning bookkeeping and accounting course covers the preperation of ledger balances, control accounts, reconciliations, adjustments and preperation of final accounts for incorporated businesses or organisations using both manual and computerised methods using Sage accounts software.

Upon completion candidates will be able to carry out the role of an employed or self employed bookkeeper. You will also be able to reconcile bank statements with the ledgers, produce a VAT return, control the sales and purchase ledgers, post year end adjustments and produce final accounts for a sole trader, Partnership and not for profit organisation.

Qualification: Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounting
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: No
Industry Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: ICB- Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 120 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: Not Applicable

New & updated (Covering new legislation) using the new cloud based software (Sage One Accounts). No longer do you need expensive software to gain your qualification. Log on and use the software from any device.


View Paper BA4 Sample

Students are required to complete five mandatory units as below

ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts Level 3

ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts Level 3 ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts Level 3

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Course Fee: Starting at: £599.00

​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Understand the importance of adhering to a code of ethical principles
Understand when and how to take appropriate action to cope with unethical behaviour
Understand the legal differences between the structures of various types of businesses
Understand the main accounting concepts that apply
Understand the different rules that apply when processing VAT transactions

Reconcile supplier statements
Prepare a bank reconciliation statement.
Use control accounts to reconcile sales and purchase ledgers
Understand the need to correct errors


Reconcile the VAT account
Complete a VAT return

Calculate depreciation
Account for the disposal of fixed assets
Understand the need to allow for adjustments to the accounts

Prepare a set of final accounts for a sole trader from a given trial balance
Prepare a set of final accounts for ‘not-for-profit’ organisations
Prepare a set of final accounts for a partnership

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Students are required to take out an online subscription to the cloud based Sage One software to complete the computerised paper BA6. Current cost £10 per month.

Be aged 16 Years or above
Have ICB Membership in place. 
Have completed ICB Level 2 certificate in Bookkeeping
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed


ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping & Accounts

Credit value: Not Applicable
Awarding body: ICB - Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

This course provides successful students with a qualification from the ICB. The Institutes qualifications are widely recognised and accepted by employers. The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the largest bookkeeping institute in the world. It promotes and maintains the standards of bookkeeping as a profession through the establishment of relevant qualifications and the award of grades of membership that recognise academic attainment, working experience and competence

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by the ICB and can take up to 12 weeks to be received afer completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued.

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 120. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely. 

We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likey you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.

ICB Membership at level 3 is presumed. If your membership has expired please contact the ICB direct to arrange renewal. Membership is vital to be able to complete examinations associated with this course. 

This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered direct to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments & email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you direct. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However we would ask you to allow 7 working days.

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries. The tutors role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack.

In addition all students are required to complete three online assessments and one external assessment. All three online assessments can be taken at home or work on any PC. External examinations are taken via Pearson Vue centres. Click here to locate your nearest centre 

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale  during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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