ICB Level 3 Bridging Unit, A3 Computerised Bookkeeping and Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax Returns

Learning Hours: 140–180

DurationDuration: Up to 18 Months

Exams: 3

Are you AAT Level 3 qualified but lack the appropriate qualification in using bookkeeping software? Would you like to gain full membership with the ICB and offer Self-Assessment Tax Returns as a service to your clients?

The ICB Bridging Unit Plus the ‘A3’ Computerised Bookkeeping Unit, along with the Level 4 Self-Assessment Tax Returns Unit has been specifically developed to fulfil this requirement, and we fully prepare you for all exams associated with this package.

This package is completely unique and not to be found anywhere else.


  • the application of using accounting software in a business scenario (A3)
  • partnership accounts, non-profit club accounts and limited liability accounts (Bridging)
  • both Personal and Business Taxation and (relates to) preparing simple tax computations and returns for Individuals and businesses (Sole Trader and Partnerships) (Self-Assessment Tax Returns)

Covering all elements related to the skills gap between the AAT and ICB Syllabus.

There is up to 18 months tutor support for this option, and the guided learning hours are anything between 140 – 180 hours average study time. Just 3.5 hours of study per week could see you completing this package within 12 months.

Exceptional ICB pass rates
Study whenever you want – at your own pace
Award-winning tutor support
Dedicated accounting and bookkeeping training provider
Interest-free payment plans to spread the cost

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.

  • ICB ‘A3’ Unit with Sage 50 Cloud Software
  • ICB membership fee
  • Exemption fee
  • 24/7 online Rogo Assessments
  • Printed workbooks (for all Units) containing lessons, examples, activities and assessments
  • Printed model answers workbook
  • Tutor marked Assignments
  • Award-winning expert subject tutor support by e-mail and telephone
  • Guaranteed same-day assignment marking
  • Mock exams for each business type
  • Free repeat lessons
  • Free postage and packaging within the UK

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.

‘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

Partnership Accounts

  • 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
  • Changes in the partnership during the year
  • Goodwill
  • Admission of a new partner
  • Retirement of an existing partner

Non-Profit Club Accounts

  • Legislation
  • 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
  • Fund raising events
  • Donations and Bequests
  • Gift Aid
  • Loans from members
  • Prepaid expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Accrued expenses – brought forward and carried forward
  • Other adjustments

Limited Liability Accounts

  • Limited Companies
    • Shareholders and Directors
    • Shareholders
    • Directors
    • Executive Directors
    • Non-Executive Directors
    • The Administrative Requirements of a Limited Company
    • The Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association
    • The Company Secretary
    • Private Limited Companies
    • Public Limited Companies
    • Types of Share
    • Ordinary Shares
    • Preference Shares
    • Loans and Debentures
    • Accounting for Shares Issues
    • The Share Premium Account
    • The Distribution of Profits and Retained Earnings
    • Distribution of Profits
    • Retained Profits
    • Limited Company Financial Statements
    • The Profit and Loss Account
    • The Balance Sheet
    • Dividends
    • Directors’ Loan Accounts
    • Reserves
    • Revenue (or Distributable) Reserves
    • Capital (or Non-Distributable) Reserves
    • Debentures and the Payment of Interest
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
    • Employment Status in LLP’s
    • Final Accounts for a LLP
    • Interest on Capital
  • Mark-up & Margin Calculations
    • Mark-up and Margin
    • Profit Calculated as the Difference Between Cost Price and Selling Price
    • Profit Calculated as a Percentage Increase on the Cost Price
    • Calculation of Profit Using Percentages
    • Expressing Mark-up as a Fraction Rather Than a Percentage
    • Margin (also known as Profit Margin or Sales Margin)
  • Ratios and Performance Indicators
    • Different Measures
    • What is a Ratio?
    • What is a Percentage?
    • The Financial Statements
    • The Financial Ratios
    • The Profitability Ratios
    • The Liquidity Ratios
    • Financial Position Ratios
  • Cash Budgets
    • The Cash Budget
    • Including the Bank Balance in the Cash Budget
    • Preparing a Cash Budget Using Changes in the Balance Sheet

Self Assessment Tax Returns

Home/place of work-based assessment to include:

  • Underpinning Knowledge
  • Entering Details of Personal Income onto a Self-Assessment Return
  • Entering Details of Business Income and Expenditure for Unincorporated Businesses
    onto the Relevant Returns
  • Chargeable Gains
  • Calculating Tax and National Insurance Contributions Due and Filing Returns
  • Foreign Income and Residence Basis

You need to have achieved any of the following qualifications within the last 5 years:

  • Level 3 Assistant Accountant Apprenticeship
  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Bookkeeping
  • AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting

Once you have completed this course of study, and passed the associated exams, you can apply for full membership of the ICB and offer Self-Assessment Tax Returns as a service to your clients.

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

Bridging Exam

There is 3-hour exam which can be taken from home or at work. You will have 2 weeks from when you receive the exam to take it. Once activated you will have 3 hours to complete it.

The cost of exams can increase at the discretion of the awarding body (ICB). If you include the exam fees as part of your enrolment, 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.

Self-Assessment Tax Returns

This is assessed by one final online exam, taken in the candidate’s home or place of work and completed over a period of 24 hours.

The exam is a series of tasks, such as entering amounts into screens that resemble an online self-assessment return. Other tasks involve calculations that show an understanding of the calculation of tax, National Insurance Contributions, Capital Allowances, Capital Gains Tax and adjusted net profit.


The qualification will be graded at Distinction, Merit or Pass.

This assessment is a home or workplace based assessment and will be graded as follows:

  • Distinction 95 -100%
  • Merit 90 – 94%
  • Pass 85 – 89%
  • Fail 0 – 84%

*Examination conditions may be subject to change at the discretion of the awarding body.*

Want more flexibility?

Our tutor support timeframes are deliberately generous and far exceed what most students need.

Most of our students finish well in advance of the course duration. But what happens if you do need a little longer?

This is where our course extension options come into play. We offer one-month, three-month, and six-month extensions so you can feel reassured by knowing that if you do need extra time you have that option.

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  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours per week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may be considered.
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  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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