What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping involves recording financial transactions or ‘balancing the books’. As such, it is a crucial feature of any business’s accounting department with bookkeepers often considered indispensable to a business’s productivity and profitability

Explore our Bookkeeping Courses

Accountancy Courses

Bookkeeping Diploma

Pitman Training’s Bookkeeping Diploma is suitable for anyone keen to develop bookkeeping and spreadsheets skills for an accounting role

Bookkeeping Courses

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

The course is ideal for those who would like to work as a Bookkeeper or Accounts Assistant. It is a great starting point for those…

Bookkeeping Courses

Bookkeeping Transactions and Controls Part 2

This course will help you learn the processes and methods involved in intermediate manual bookkeeping. You will cover cash and bank reconciliations, balancing ledger accounts,…

Bookkeeping Courses

QuickBooks Online

This QuickBooks Online course provides essential, interactive training on how to use this popular online computerised accounting package. It is designed for those who already…

AAT Courses

AAT Essentials: Budgeting for the Small Business – Planning and Control

Implementing simple budgeting in business aids planning and enables businesses to monitor their performance and keep an eye out for danger signs. This AAT Essential…

AAT Courses

Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Understanding financial documents, analysing financial performance and managing budgets is a part of many managers’ roles. However, this can be challenging without an accounting background.…

What is the difference between bookkeeping and accounting?

Bookkeepers deal with the day-to-day running of a company’s finances. This typically involves reconciling receipts and managing sales, purchases and payments within a business. An accountant, on the other hand, handles long-term financial reporting and forecasting. Both roles are vital to a business’s financial endeavours.

How long does it take to do a bookkeeping course?

Bookkeeping courses take around 30 hours to complete while bookkeeping diplomas and awards take slightly longer. Alternatively, there are one-day bookkeeping seminars for small businesses and non-financial managers.

Why choose Pitman Training for bookkeeping courses?

  • A Pitman Training bookkeeping qualification is considered a mark of excellence for any employee.
  • Our range of bookkeeping courses covers everything from learning how to use Sage Accounting software to budgeting and balancing ledgers.
  • You can combine your bookkeeping training with a related Pitman Training course to enhance your skills and improve your employability. Bookkeeping courses often pair well with accounting courses.
  • Our bookkeeping training centres can be found across the UK with courses running all year long. Our training options are flexible, and we can accommodate remote study if you would prefer to learn bookkeeping at home.
  • You can choose to train anytime you like. Whether it is full-time or part-time, you enjoy a flexible schedule that fits your timetable.

Careers in bookkeeping

  • With a foundation in bookkeeping, you will have the qualifications to become an entry-level bookkeeper (average salaries are upwards of £21,000).
  • You can also work towards becoming a chartered accountant, finance manager, accountant or senior accountant when you choose a related accounting course.

Bookkeeping courses available

We work with AAT, the Association of Accounting Technicians, to provide a structured, accessible path to financial success.

If you are looking to bolster your financial skills, our AAT Foundational Diploma provides a practical, easy-to-follow entry into bookkeeping. For those who would like to learn more about manual bookkeeping, there are Bookkeeping Transactions courses.

Beginners who wish to start a career in the industry can benefit from our Foundation Diploma. Small business owners looking to take control of their finances should see how our Foundation Award can help them reach their goals.

Whichever bookkeeping course you choose, whether online or in-centre, our experienced course tutors are with you every step of the way.

Just contact us for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

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: –

Self-Funded:

  • 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

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

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