Book-keeping Level 2

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 160 Conc £0 Full £438

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 10 MAC 21/09/2019 30/11/2019 BS1250
Saturday 12:30 - 15:30 10 MAC 25/04/2020 04/07/2020 BS3250

What will the course cover?

This course covers more advanced book-keeping skills, including the in-depth use of daybooks and double entry book-keeping. You will work towards a City & Guilds level 2 Book-keeping qualification.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with responsibility for managing money, particularly cash in a small business or voluntary organisation. People who want to start or develop their own business. People who want to build their career in the accounting field.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Basic maths skills so that you can understand the use of adding, subtracting, division and multiplication, and effectively use a calculator. A understanding of the accounting needs of a small business or other organisation, as well as being moderately fluent in written and spoken English (at least at Level 1) You must have done Bookkeeping Level 1, a similar qualification or have valid prior experience. This course requires an interview and skill check before enrolment. Check our website at or call 020 8753 3600 for details.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Trial Balance with adjustments – Depreciation, Prepayments and Accruals; Use ‘Trading account’ to calculate gross profit; Use ‘Profit & loss’ to calculate net profit; Determine net assets of a business on a particular date by using ‘Balance sheet’; Prepare Trading, Profit & Loss Account and Balance Sheet; Produce and maintain Sales and Purchase Day Books; Process Ledger Accounts; Process Journal Entries – Accounting errors; Prepare and Reconcile Sales and Purchase Control Accounts; Prepare and maintain Three Column Cash Book (discount, cash and bank). Take the City & Guilds Level 2 Exam.

How is the course organised?

Lectures, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and lots of hands on practise. Individual work will be given to help students develop their own skills and strengths. Homework may be set to help assess your progress. Mock exams to prepare you for the final exam.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access if needed is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library. Homework may need to be completed and returned to the tutor so you can assess how prepared you are for the exam. In order to complete the qualification you must attend the majority of classes. If you know you are going to be absent please inform the tutor who may be able to supply you with practice tasks. If you miss too many sessions of the course, you may not be eligible to sit the exam.

How will my progress be assessed?

Specific tasks and Informal feedback which will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or tasks to assess your progress, and it is essential that you work on these. You will have the opportunity to review practice papers to prepare for the exam. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class leading to the City & Guilds level 2 examination at end of term.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Progression into higher level accounting courses for example AAT, or other office studies. The Computerised Accounts courses would add another dimension to your skills.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen, notebook, calculator and a file folder to store handouts. You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. Some suggested texts are: Book-keeping and Accounts – Wood & Robinson (ISBN 0273773062) Mastering Book-keeping - Marshall (ISBN 1845284461) If you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites:

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.