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Level 3 Associate (AICB) Course Package *Including £145.00 Exam Fees* -

£780.00 £595.00 Saving 24%


Level 3 Associate (AICB) Course Package *Including £145.00 Exam Fees*

£780.00 £595.00 Saving 24%

***PRE-2019 SYLLABUS***

Only applicable to those who wish to advance from the old Level 2 syllabus. This course would have to be completed before the end of December 2019.

  • SAGE Software Included 
  • ICB Exam Fees up to the value of £145.00 Included

Includes ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’, ‘BA6’ and Full Exam Preparation for ‘BA7’

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Interest Free Payment Plan for this course consists of an initial payment of £64.00 followed by 12 monthly payments of £48.00. 

Offer Price £640.00, saving £140.00.

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SKU: U1-AfICB to AICB Category:

Level 3 – ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’, ‘BA6’ & ‘BA7’ including exam fees up to the value of £145.00 “AICB” package.

This is for Affiliate (AfICB) members who have already taken and passed the ICB Level 2 courses covering ‘B1’, ‘B2’ and ‘B3’ examinations wishing to upgrade to Level 3 Associate (AICB).

Our Level 3 Associate (AICB) packages are unique and not to be found anywhere other than here at Training Link.

For the past 16 years they have been by far the most popular choice for our students. Not only are you getting the best quality and most effective study materials and utilities, you get to learn one of the most in-demand skills in the Bookkeeping and Accounts Industry. Add to this the fact that you will be studying with the Six Times Winners of the ICB Large Training Provider of the Year, along with the best student success rates; there simply isn’t anything to compare.

We include everything you need, and with our bespoke, built in utilities you even get to save on your study time. You won’t find any reference to extra books or tests that you will need to purchase elsewhere, as we include absolutely everything for your educational journey. We will even cover the cost of your exams up to the value of £145.00 for ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’, ‘BA6’ and ‘BA7’ and book them for you.

You will receive the very best quality ICB training packages available in the UK, packed with materials, utilities and thorough testing. Not only do you get a dedicated award winning tutor structured into the learning process for the Level 3 Associate course, you also get a specialist examinations tutor, and of course, the services provided by every department. Our objectives are to ensure you have the best possible opportunity to succeed.


Approximately 80 – 100 hours average study time with Enhanced Learning. This equates to less than 2 hours of study per week if aiming for completion within 12 months.

Contact us if you are unsure if this is the correct package, or if you have any questions.

NB – Sage Software not compatible with MAC’s. Parallels can be downloaded from Apple Bootcamp enabling Windows to be installed.

This package includes:

  • Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounting ‘BA4’ Year End Sole Traders.
  • Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounting ‘BA5’ and ‘BA6’ combined Year End Partnerships and Year End Not for Profit Organisations.
  • Level 3 Bookkeeping and Accounting revision, mock exam and exam fee for ‘BA7’.
  • Final exam for Level 3 Certification taken at a Pearson VUE test centre.

Registration and exam fees are included at no extra cost.

Course fees include:

    • ICB Exam Fees for ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’, ‘BA6’ and ‘BA7’
    • Enhanced Learning (Fast Track)
    • Sage 50 Professional Software for the duration of your studies
    • 24/7 Online ROGO Assessments
    • Printed Workbooks containing lessons, examples, activities and assessments
    • Printed Model Answers Workbooks
    • Tutor Marked Assignments
    • Award winning expert subject tutor support by e-mail and telephone
    • Guaranteed same day assignment marking
    • New ROGO Online ICB exam simulation tests with tutor feedback
    • Mock exam and full exam preparation for ‘BA7’ Associate Certification
    • FREE repeat lessons
    • Free Postage and Packaging
    • *Up to £250 Cash Back on Sage 50 Accounts software*
    • FREE access to ICB’s award-winning membership benefits scheme, ICBenefits

*NB – Software not compatible with macs. We suggest using Apple Bootcamp to install Windows*

Level 3 ‘BA4’ Course content in detail; please scroll down for BA5 and BA6

  • Legislation and ethics
  • The Data Protection Act
  • Money Laundering
  • The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
  • The Money Laundering Offences
  • The Bribery Act
  • Codes of ethics and practice
  • Reporting suspicious behaviour
  • Accounting Concepts
  • Going Concern
  • Consistency
  • Prudence
  • Accruals (or Matching Concept)
  • Supplier and Customer Reconciliation
  • Control Accounts
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation of Supplier Statements
  • Purchase and Sales Ledger Control Accounts
  • Set offs
  • Dishonoured payments and receipts
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • The Bank Statement
  • Stages in Reconciliation
  • Bank Accounts with Overdrafts
  • Multiple entries
  • Non-matching opening balances
  • Refer to drawer – “bounced” cheques
  • VAT Returns
  • VAT periods
  • Filling out the VAT return
  • Submitting the return
  • Ledger entries to record the payment or refund of vat
  • The end of paper VAT returns
  • Postage and packing charges
  • Bad Debts and VAT
  • Cash Accounting
  • Who can use the scheme?
  • Transactions with customer and suppliers based outside the UK
  • Outside the EU
  • Sales to customers outside the EU
  • Goods purchased from outside the EU
  • Reverse charge:
  • Summary of VAT Return entries
  • Other VAT Schemes
  • The Flat Rate Scheme
  • Retail Schemes
  • The Margin Scheme for Second Hand Goods
  • Filling in the VAT return
  • Partial Exemption
  • Correction of Errors
  • Simple Corrections
  • Error of Original Entry
  • The General Journal
  • Error of Original Entry
  • Error of Omission
  • Error of Commission
  • Error of Principle
  • Error of Reversal
  • Compensating error
  • The Journal
  • Aide memoire
  • Errors that will affect the trial balance
  • The suspense account
  • Introduction to Final Accounts
  • An introduction to profit
  • Gross profit
  • Stock Valuation
  • Net profit
  • Items of additional income
  • Discounts allowed and received
  • Non-trading businesses
  • Subsequent years trading
  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Accounting Equation
  • Developing the balance sheet
  • Working Capital
  • VAT registered businesses
  • Long Term Loans
  • Accruals and Prepayments

Course content Computerised section

Unit 1:

  • Installing the Software

Unit 2:

  • Sage and the Chart of Accounts
  • Backing Up previous accounts
  • Clearing down the system
  • Company details
  • Types of businesses
  • General Business

Unit 3:

  • Business set up
  • Cash Accounting Scheme
  • Entering the correct VAT registration scheme details
  • Summary – The Sage Default System
  • Fixed Assets
  • Current Assets
  • Current Liabilities
  • Long-term Liabilities
  • Capital and Reserves
  • Sales
  • Purchases
  • Direct Expenses
  • Overheads
  • Recording Bank Account Details
  • Recording the opening bank monies

Unit 4:

  • Customers and Suppliers
  • Entering Customer Details
  • Setting Credit Control
  • Editing customer records
  • Setting the customer default information
  • Suppliers’ Details
  • Editing suppliers’ details

Unit 5:

  • Processing Invoices and Credit Notes
  • Entering invoices

Unit 6:

  • Payments and Receipts
  • Recording Payments to a Supplier
  • Recording Receipts from Customers
  • Report Details – Type column

Unit 7:

  • Statements, Bank Payments & Recurring Entries
  • Statements
  • Cash Transactions
  • Recurring Bank Account Entries
  • Setting up a Recurring entry

Unit 8:

  • Bank Reconciliation

Unit 9:

  • VAT Returns
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • A reminder of Input and Output VAT
  • Sage VAT Account
  • VAT Return
  • Checking the entries
  • Reconciling the VAT Return
  • Clearing the VAT Control Accounts

Unit 10:

Please note: this section does not cover the weekly and monthly processing payroll. It covers how to enter the payments into the accounting system. Payroll is a separate subject.

  • Payroll Journal
  • The Use of the Journal
  • Payroll Journal
  • Legal requirements
  • Payroll Terms
  • Gross Pay
  • Deductions from Gross Pay
  • Pay As You Earn
  • Income Tax
  • National Insurance Contributions (NIC)
  • Employees’ contributions
  • Employer’s contributions
  • Wages Summary
  • Bookkeeping Entries
  • Payment to HMRC
  • Payment to employee
  • Correction of Mistakes

Unit 11:

  • Year End Adjustments
  • Journal Entries
  • Accruals and prepayments
  • Depreciation
  • Straight Line
  • Reducing Balance
  • Bad Debts
  • Provision for Doubtful Debts
  • Increasing the Provision
  • Closing Stock
  • Yearend Adjustments Continued:
  • Running the Year End
  • Health and Safety – The use of Computers
  • Employers’ Risk Assessment

Unit 12:

  • Sole Trader Year End – ICB Exam Revision
  • Changing program date
  • Open Balances
  • Stock Valuation and Stock Journals
  • Transferring opening stocks
  • Entering closing stock
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Accruals and Prepayments
  • Accruals (or matching) concept
  • Prepayments
  • Depreciation
  • Methods of calculating depreciation
  • The straight line method of depreciation (SLM)
  • Timing and charging depreciation
  • Disposal of fixed assets
  • Bad debts and write offs revisited
  • Provision for bad (or doubtful) debts
  • Provision for bad or doubtful debts and the ledger
  • Apportionment of overheads

Course Contents ‘BA5’ and ‘BA6’


  • Legislation and Ethics
  • Manual Partnerships
  • Working in a partnership
  • Bookkeeping entries for Partnership accounts
  • Capital Accounts
  • Partnership sharing ratios
  • Partnership Appropriation Account
  • Interest on Capital
  • Interest on Drawings
  • Salaries
  • Share of profit
  • Drawings
  • Balance Sheet
  • Revaluation of Assets
  • Answers to Tasks

Computerised section 

Unit 1: 

  • Installing the Software

Unit 2: 

  • Sage and the Chart of Accounts
  • Backing Up previous accounts
  • Clearing down the system
  • Company details
  • Types of businesses
  • General Business

Unit 3: 

  • Partnerships
  • Setting up Accounts
  • Entering opening balances
  • The Profit and Loss Account
  • Year End Adjustments
  • Amended Profit and Loss Account
  • Running the Year End
  • Appropriation of Profits

Course Contents ‘BA6’

Legislation and ethics

  • The Data Protection Act
  • Money Laundering
  • The Bribery Act

Codes of ethics and practice

  • Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  • The Receipts and Payments Account
  • Income
  • Subscriptions
  • Accrued subscriptions brought forward
  • Prepaid subscriptions brought forward
  • Carried forward balances at the end of the year
  • Written off subscriptions
  • Life Member Subscriptions
  • Event Income
  • Insurance claims

Trading in a not for profit organisation

  • Fund raising events
  • Donations and Bequests
  • Gift Aid
  • Loans from members

Year-end adjustments

  • Prepaid expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Accrued expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Other adjustments

Computerised Section

Unit 1:

  • Installing the Software

Unit 2:

  • Sage and the Chart of Accounts
  • Types of businesses
  • General Business

Unit 3:

  • The Chart of Accounts
  • Bank Account opening balance
  • Subscriptions Account
  • Members in arrears at the start of the year
  • Members prepaid at the start of the year
  • Members in arrears at the end of the year
  • Members prepaid for next year
  • Trading Activities
  • Sales and purchases
  • Other income
  • Overheads


Papers ‘BA4’, ‘BA5’ and ‘BA6’ are online examinations with a computerised assignment, and ‘BA7’ is taken externally at a Pearson VUE testing centre. Click here to locate your nearest centre for the ‘BA7’ Certification exam.

The cost of exams can increase at the discretion of the awarding body (ICB). We will pay for all exam fees up to the agreed value at the time of purchase, but any increase in exam fees will need to be paid for by the student.

L Cilliers, Rated: 5

Always a pleasure to take a new course with Training Link. The course books are extremely well written and easy to follow. The learning is progressive, with plenty of tutor support. The tutors are always extremely helpful, and go out of their way to assist. The practice exams prepare you for the real ones.


Samantha Morris, Rated: 4

Training Link have been an excellent training provider for me during my studies with them. I’m currently working through my BA5 with them. The tutors are brilliant and very supportive. I’m very pleased I chose them. I am continuing my studying with Training Link doing my BA6 and BA7 next. Thank you Training Link for all your wonderful support and help. 


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