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AICB - ICB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping (Sage 50 Accounts Essentials)

If you select to 'test the water' with this Level 2 course option, you will receive a 25% discount voucher to be used on future Level 3 Study. The voucher will be valid til 31st December 2020.

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This Associate Membership course, including both manual & computerised bookkeeping elements, covers the basic principles of single and double entry bookkeeping and its application to business. There are no entry requirements for this course package and upon successful completion of your examinations possible employment opportunities would include Assistant Bookkeeper. 

On its own this package is not suitable for self-employment as a bookkeeper. If this is your end goal one of the following packages would suit your requirements and be more cost effective: Click here for Self Employment course packages.

Ideal Schools will provide:

  • Interest free payment option - NO credit checks or 3rd party finance
  • All Study Materials provided in presentation folders
  • Online access to ALL training materials - study on the go!
  • 1 year tutorial support via phone, email & 24/7 support via private Facebook groups
  • 1st year ICB Student Registration
  • Sage 50 Accounts Essentials
  • Are you a MAC user? Contact our office as we have a cloud-based training option
  • Continuous Self Progress tests & Answers
  • 10 x tutor marked assignments (TMA's)
  • Online report templates to help with assignment completion
  • 3 x IDEAL Mock Papers (including personalised tutor feedback)
  • 6 x Official ICB Online Practice Papers (value = £90)
  • Exam pass GUARANTEE
  • Continued career support
  • Many ICB Member benefits (including free Xero Equivalence Certification)

Associated Exams:
A1, A2 & A3
Exam Structure: 3 x home based examinations
Study Time: Approx 60-70 hours

Exam fees:
Total exam fees for this course option are £195.00 (3 @ £65)When it comes to paying for your exams you have two options:

  1. Save 10% - During online registration, select to switch to the option that incorporates the exam fees and you will save an extra 10% on ALL fees. With this option, your exam fees are either added to your full payment or spread evenly throughout your interest free payment term.
  2. Pay as you go: As you complete each section of study you'll be instructed to book your exams. If you have not pre-paid these you'd simply contact our admin team to pay and we'll then place your exam order. 

 The choice is yours!!


The syllabus for the three associated exams are as follows:

Paper A1 – Basic double-entry bookkeeping to trial balance
Home /place of work-based assessment to include:
• Underpinning knowledge
- Knowledge of the different categories of business that exist
- Terms in bookkeeping (assets, liabilities, etc.)
- Banking procedures
- Understanding the different categories of VAT (standard, reduced, zero, exempt, outside the scope)
• Calculation of the value of the capital investment for a sole trader
• Calculation of business documents including calculation of VAT
• Showing an understanding of the effect of entering transactions into a bookkeeping system for sales, purchases, overheads, capital items, returns, personal items, etc.
• The effect of making and receiving payments including bank, cash and petty cash transactions
• Calculation of account balances
• Production and explanation of a trial balance

Paper A2 – Further double entry bookkeeping to trial balance
Home /place of work-based assessment to include:
• Underpinning knowledge
- Ethics
- Legislation relevant to the bookkeeper
- Accounting concepts
• Further double entry including the following
- Topics from Paper A1
- The content of control accounts
- Writing off a bad debt
- Construction Industry Scheme
- Posting non-sole trader entries (subscriptions, donations, drawings of partners, directors’ loan accounts, etc.)
• Entry of payroll journals
• Calculation of the value of a suspense account in a system that does not balance
• Reconciliation of debtors, creditors and bank balances
• Correction of errors that do not affect the trial balance
• Production and explanation of a trial balance

Paper A3 – Data entry to trial balance using a computerised accounts package
Home /place of work-based test to include the use of a computerised accounting package to include:
• Opening of entries
• Entry of cash and credit transactions
• Production of a trial balance
• Production of reports for debtors, creditors, bank, VAT and the audit trail

Software Supplied – Sage 50 Accounts Essentials

Ideal Schools have a policy of only supplying software that can continue to be used when study is completed; it will not stop operating. Your software is provided with 1 year Sage technical support but we'll provide all the study support you need for exam and career prep. After study, if you feel you'd benefit from ongoing Sage support and/or software updates, you can take advantage our Sage Business Partner status and receive significant discount on ongoing costs.

Software Benefits:

  1. Providing all the functionality you'll need as a bookkeeper, as part of the Sage 50 Accounting suite, your knowledge gained will be easily transferable throughout all Sage 50 products, ensuring compatibility with the majority of working accountants.
  2. Your software is supplied with Sage Technical support, ensuring you have all the guidance you need at your fingertips.This is on top of the exam and career support provided by IDEAL.
  3. As a Sage Business Partner we receive significant discounts on on-going support and upgrade costs. As a student of IDEAL, 100% of this discount will be passed on to you.
  4. Minimum System requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7; Intel 2.0 GHz processor; 2 GB DDR3 RAM; 5 GB Hard Drive. (Are you a MAC user? Please call us for advice)

 If you would like added advice on software or any other part of our training we have an experienced team at your disposal. Call us now on 0800 028 1404 or 0141 248 5200.


Course Details

Course Number: ICB219     Save 25%
Course Fee: £620.00 NOW ONLY £465.00
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Course Details
Course Number: ICB219     Save 25%
Course Fee: £620.00 NOW ONLY £465.00
You can pay the full price or pay a deposit of £95.00 (0% APR), followed by 8 monthly payments of £46.25
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