ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping Lvl 2 Course (Papers B1,B2 & B3)


ICB Bookkeeping Level 2 covering papers B1, B2 & B3, this home study bookkeeping course is aimed at those students looking to enter the field of bookkeeping and at the same time gaining an industry recognised qualification. The course covers both manual and computerised methods using Sage One Accounting Software.

Upon completion students are able to work as an assistant bookkeeper under supervision. Candidates will be able to apply postings from the books of prime entry and from source documents to the ledger accounts and produce and initial trial balance for all types of businesses. 

What is a bookkeeper? See the official ICB video

Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
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

Course fees include all materials, 12 months support (From June 2015 Exam Fees Now included)

Students will be required to take out a short subscription of the online Sage Accounts Software (Sage one). Current Fee is £10 (Plus VAT) per month. Students may be able to take out a free months trial initially and pay for further months if needed. (This can be cancelled at any time). See link uk.sageone.com/products for further details. subscription is only required for the computerised section of the course. We estimate approx 3 months will suffice.

Students are required to complete eight mandatory units as below. These units cover papers B1, B2 & B3. All three papers completed allow students to use the letters AfICB after their name. 

ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping Lvl 2 Course (Papers B1,B2 & B3)

ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping Lvl 2 Course (Papers B1,B2 & B3) ICB Certificate in Bookkeeping Lvl 2 Course (Papers B1,B2 & B3)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £449.00

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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Course Format

Understand the importance of adhering to a code of Professional Ethics
Understand the basic differences between the structures of different types of businesses
Understand the importance of legislation that applies to bookkeepers
Understand the basic elements of a contract
Understand the Accounting Equation
Understand the concept of reporting on a cash basis for income tax purposes
Identify the various methods of payments and receipts to and from a bank account
Understand the need for bank security
Understand the basic accounting concepts

Understand the purpose and range of business documents.
Understand the need to accurately prepare business documents for goods supplied
Understand the need to check business documents received

Understand the purpose of, and make entries into, the ledger accounts
Use a set of control accounts in the ledgers

Understand the purpose of, and make entries into, the books of prime entry
Explain how the books of prime entry integrate with the ledgers
Entering invoices and credit notes into books of prime entry
Preparing sales day book, sales returns day book, purchase day book and purchase returns day book
Prepare an opening journal entry for a business
Prepare a journal entry to record purchase of a fixed asset

Understand the process of dealing with and accounting for VAT in the ledgers
Explain the differences in levels of VAT - Standard, Zero, Exempt and outside the scope
Extract VAT from VAT inclusive amounts
Correctly account for input and output tax in the ledgers
Explain significance of debit and credit balances in the VAT accounts
Understand how VAT is calculated and entered into the books of account for invoices:

Invoices to customers and suppliers from outside the EU that are zero rated
Invoices to customers and from suppliers outside the UK but within the EU that
a) are not registered for VAT in their own country
b) are registered for VAT in their own country

Understand the use of an analysed cash book
Record income and expenditure into an analysed cash book
Understand the purpose and need to record petty cash
Understand the purpose and use of the two and three column cash books

Understand the purpose and use of the trial balance
Prepare a trial balance from the ledger accounts
Understand what to do if the trial balance does not balance
Open a suspense account where applicable to account for any imbalance

Health and safety
Business set up
Processing nominal ledger and subsidiary ledger accounts
Generate reports

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

Be aged 16 Years or above
No previous bookkeeping knowledge is required, however candidates should enjoy working with numbers. 
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

Students will be required to take out a short subscription of the online Sage Accounts Software (Sage One). Current Fee is 10 (Plus VAT) per month. Students may be able to take out a free months trial initially and pay for further months if needed. (This can be cancelled at any time). See link uk.sageone.com/products for further details. subscription is only required for the computerised section of the course. We estimate approx 3 months will suffice.

ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping

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.

One years student membership is included with the fees. Once expired an annual fee is payable direct to the ICB to maintain your membership. 

Membership benefits to include:

Professional letters after your name
Membership certificate
Membership card
Access to "members only" section on the ICB website
Notofication of job vacancies within your area
Technical advice line
Legal advice
Access to technical and legal downloads
Updates on legislation changes
Advice on setting up practice
Regional meetings
CPD seminars
Exclusive offers on products and services

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. Two of these will cover the manual units of the course syllabus and one for the computerised section. All three assessments can be done from home or work on your own PC.

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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