Is This for You?

The course is perfect for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It’s the ideal intermediate bookkeeping course for those wanting to further develop the skill of bookkeeping and who want to learn the correct methods and techniques to be able to confidently manage the financial records for businesses or other organisations.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 30 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
30 hours or 1 week full-time study

About This Course

Learning more intermediate, double entry systems of manual bookkeeping skills will broaden and further your career opportunities. Having a thorough knowledge of manual bookkeeping skills after completing this training will leave you experienced enough to move onto using digital systems. Despite businesses carrying out day-to-day accounts that are processed on computerised systems, it’s important to understand the steps involved in the manual procedures, giving you a well-rounded knowledge on all aspects of bookkeeping. Quite often smaller businesses still maintain manual records, so being able to adapt and work with a manual accounting system confidently could prove extremely valuable for your career.

This bookkeeping course starts with an overview of opening balances at the start of the new trading year. From there, the course will work through other aspects of manual bookkeeping, expanding on the foundation knowledge you already have, focusing on teaching you valuable skills step-by-step. It will take around 30 hours to work through altogether and can be studied at your own pace and at times that suit you best.

This course comprises nine self-study modules. 

Module 1 – Including: posting the opening balances at the start of a new trading year, using a trial balance to illustrate the accounting equation, making postings to the ledger accounts, using the cash book as part of the double entry system, understanding the various methods of making and receiving payments, reconciling till roll takings prior to banking, learning how to prepare a bank paying in slip.

Module 2 – Including: using the day books to update the ledger accounts, balancing the ledger accounts, reconciling the debtors and creditors control accounts with the sales and purchase ledger accounts, using the journal to process bookkeeping entries for contra transactions, using the journal to process the bookkeeping entries to deal with bad debt.

Module 3 – Including: preparing a cash reconciliation statement, the stages when preparing a bank reconciliation statement, updating and re-balancing the cash book.

Module 4 – Including: Maintaining a self-managed credit control system, preparing monthly statements to send to customers, aged debtor analysis.

Module 5 – Including: comparing a supplier statement to the related purchase ledger account, knowing what action to take in respect of any discrepancies, identifying invoices falling due for payment, preparing a remittance advice and cheque.

Module 6 – Including: the purpose of payroll, the elements which make up gross pay, identifying typical statutory and voluntary deductions and employer oncosts, preparing the Journal entries in order to account for payroll in the accounts, keeping PAYE/NIC and pension creditor accounts.

Module 7 – Including: different VAT Schemes, how the double entry system is used in order to account for VAT, Form VAT 100, a pro forma VAT return, balancing the VAT account

Module 8 – Including: preparing a trial balance from the ledger accounts, using the journal to correct errors and a clear suspense account, processing ledger transactions and preparing control accounts.

Module 9 – Including: using the journal to start up a new set of double entry accounts, writing off bad debt, including any associated VAT, the purpose of a suspense account, using the journal to correct errors and clear a suspense account, processing ledger transactions and preparing control accounts.

Once you have successfully completed the end of course assessment, you will gain a Pitman Training Bookkeeping certificate. With further study, and by undertaking the relevent examinations, you could gain an AAT Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping (Level 2) Qualification.

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Aims and Objectives

This course is a follow-on from the Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1 training course. Part 2 will help you to further expand your already solid knowledge, while learning and developing other bookkeeping skills. Continuing with the double entry system of manual bookkeeping while gaining other valuable skills is good preparation before moving onto computerised accounts.


This course is suitable for students that have already taken Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1. This is the ideal course for those wanting to increase their knowledge of manual bookkeeping.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

By undertaking formal bookkeeping training, you could gain, or further a rewarding career in finance departments belonging to businesses large or small. It could also be the gateway to a successful self-employed bookkeeping career that allows you to take full control over your working life. This course is also the entryway to further study. With experience you could progress to roles such as Accountant, Management Accountant or Accounting Manager.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.