Level 2 ‘A1’ to ‘A3’ Self Study Textbook Bundle

Self Study

Unit DurationDuration: 120–180 Hours

Unit LevelLevel: 2

Number of ExamsExams: 3

The complete Level 2 self-study bundle incorporating A1, A2 and A3 (without software).

Our unique materials are completely up-to-date and mirror the Level 2 syllabus as set by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).

Tried and tested, and written by our very own course specialists, our self-study option is more than just a book. We also provide you with access to our online learning hub where you will find all of your study material, all available 24/7.

On top of that, you will be able to complete your assessments online and receive immediate results.

For the A3 unit, all of the model answers are available online, enabling you to check your work as you progress through the unit.

Please note: This unit does not include software. Once purchased, our team will be in touch to ask whether you would like this unit specific to Xero or Sage 50 Business Cloud. The materials sent will then reflect this option.

Need support?

Tutor support is often overlooked, and whilst it might not be needed at all times, isn’t it good to know that if push comes to shove, you have access to tutor support – Even on a self-study option?
That’s why we have created this option – Purchase tutor support when you need it – For one month…or longer, the choice is entirely yours!
You don’t need to decide now. See how you get on, and if you decide that a little support is needed, simply come back here and click the following link…

Need more?

Whilst we provide one auto-marked mock exam with all of our units, you might want further validation of your efforts by sitting a second mock paper, thereby giving you the best opportunity to pass your formal exam at the first sitting. This is where our personalised, detailed tutor-assessed mock exam pays dividends. Not only is this assessed by an award-winning tutor, but the feedback you receive will be personalised to your paper (not simply copy & pasted from a bank of generic responses). Again, no need to decide now; you can choose this option at any time

‘A1’ Practical Bookkeeping: 

  • The role of the bookkeeper
  • Types of businesses
  • The concepts of Business Entity and Historic Cost
  • Setting up the Bank Account
  • The Analysed Cash Book
  • An Introduction to Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • The concept of Duality
  • Correction of Errors
  • The Journal
  • The Cash Account
  • Two Column Cash Book
  • Debit and Credit Cards
  • Payroll Transactions
  • Credit Transactions
  • An Introduction to Value Added Tax
  • Business Documents
  • Calculating VAT
  • Discounts
  • VAT and the Ledgers
  • Petty Cash
    • Practice activities with model answers
    • Practical assignments with model answers

‘A2’ Bookkeeping

  • Day Books
  • Control Accounts
  • Three Column Cash Book
  • Bad debts
  • Sale of an Asset
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Paying the VAT bill
  • The Construction Industry
  • Withdrawal of funds by partners and directors
  • Foreign Transactions
  • Relevant Legislation
    • Practice activities with model answers
    • Online Knowledge tests
    • Practical assignments

‘A3’ Bookkeeping

  • Setting Up a New Business
  • Getting Started
  • Rebuilding data & manual configuration
  • Company set-up wizard
  • Opening balances
  • Product Codes
  • Setting up New Customers/Suppliers
  • Adding New Customers
  • Invoices with Trade/Settlement Discounts
  • Settlement Discounts
  • Customer Invoicing Procedure
  • Supplier Invoices
  • Corrections
  • Customer Receipts & Supplier Payments
  • Customer Receipts
  • Payments on Account
  • Bad Debt Write-Offs & Sale of Assets
  • Bad Debt Write-Off
  • Bad Debt Recovered
  • Sale of Assets
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Wages / Salaries & Voluntary Deductions
  • Wages & Salaries
  • Voluntary Deductions
  • Cash Account & Petty Cash Account
  • Cash Account
  • Petty Cash Account
  • Allocating Credit Notes
  • Health & Safety
  • The Use of Computers

Further details on the learning outcomes, assessment criteria, grading, and more can be found by accessing the ICB’s Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping Syllabus

There are no prerequisites, but you need to have basic numerical skills and a good understanding of the English language.

Training Link focuses on only three subjects: Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Payroll.

This keeps us focused on delivering the best student experience. And that’s why over the last 27 years we’ve won over 20 awards – from AAT’S Best New Training Provider in 2018 to ICB’s Large Training Provider of the Year for ten years in a row.

Training Link has written and created all of the study material for our ICB courses.

And because we control this material, we can improve it based on student feedback and results. This is what helps Training Link students achieve outstanding pass rates.

  • Printed Workbook containing lessons, examples and activities
  • 24/7 access to our online portal
  • Materials available online
  • Online course assessments
  • Online mock exam

Upgrades

The following Units can be taken on completion of Level 2.

  • Level 3 ‘M4’ Practical Bookkeeping
  • Level 3 ‘M5, M6 and M7’ Practical Bookkeeping

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers was established in 1996. They promote the bookkeeping profession, learning and education, and offer qualifications.

The ICB is the largest bookkeeping membership organisation in the world. There are over 150,000 students and members in over 100 countries.

ICB’s certification is based on exams and only the finest professionals are eligible for membership. Members need to maintain their status via Continuous Professional Development.

ICB’s rigorous standards give businesses the confidence that an ICB-certified Bookkeeper will have the highest standards. And that’s why it is a perfect pathway for anyone who wants to become a self-employed bookkeeper.

If you choose to sit the exam at the end of this unit, you would be required to have registered as a student with the ICB first. You would then contact the ICB to book your exam.

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 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 includes the following
    • Topics from paper 1
    • 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
  • Reconciliations
  • Production of a trial balance
  • Production of reports for debtors, creditors, bank, VAT and the audit trail

Tutor support is often overlooked, and whilst it might not be needed at all times, isn’t it good to know that if push comes to shove, you have access to tutor support – Even on a self-study option?

Purchase tutor support when you need it – For one month…or longer, the choice is entirely yours!

You don’t need to decide now. See how you get on, and if you decide that a little support is needed, simply come back here and click the following link…

Self-study book

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