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Beginner’s Bookkeeping Course


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Bookkeeping For Beginners

Pitman Training’s Beginner’s Bookkeeping course is your first step to a high status, well paid career as a bookkeeper!

You’ll gain top Bookkeeping skills to set you apart from the job seeking crowd with our nationally respected Bookkeeping course for beginners.

Aimed at absolute beginners, this Bookkeeping course will take the average learner approximately 22 hours of self-paced study at one of our training centres, or from home.

Course Content

Our Bookkeeping course for Beginners consists of 8 practical core lessons:

  • Lesson One – The role of the bookkeeper, the difference between capital, assets and liabilities, the dual effect of transactions and the double entry system, the accounting equation, the difference between cash and credit transactions, preparing simple balance sheets, identifying transactions in ledger accounts
  • Lesson Two – The basic principles of Value Added Tax, calculating VAT, constructing sales invoices, trade and cash discounts, posting sales invoices to the General Ledger
  • Lesson Three – Checking purchase invoices for accuracy, credit notes, posting purchase invoices and credit notes to the General Ledger, the purpose of the Purchases Day Book, Purchase Ledger, posting an Analysed Day Book to the General Ledger and Purchase Ledger
  • Lesson Four – Purpose of an Analysed Sales Day Book, making postings to the General Ledger and Sales Ledger, understanding why Returns Day Books are used, identifying debit and credit entries, using day books confidently and accurately.
  • Lesson Five – Why the Cash Book is used, processing Cash Book payments and receipts, balancing the Cash Book, preparing a postings list, preparing a 3 column Cash Book
  • Lesson Six – Why the Petty Cash Book is used, processing Petty Cash payments and receipts, balancing the Petty Cash Book, preparing a cheque requisition
  • Lesson Seven – Using a Postings List to update the General Ledger, updating the Sales and Purchase Ledger from the Cash Book, balancing ledger accounts, posting balances from a list, coding day books
  • Lesson Eight – The purpose of a trial balance, preparing a trial balance, demonstrating the ability to maintain day books, prepare ledger balances and extract a trial balance

Why not arrange to sample the course for free, to make sure it’s right for you?

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Bookkeeping Course Structure – How We Train

Start this bookkeeping course at any time, and study at hours to suit you.

It’s a completely flexible, self-paced course, so you choose your own study hours!

We’re open weekdays and Saturdays, including evenings, so it’s really easy to fit the course around your commitments.

You’ll enjoy self-paced training using high quality audio and training materials under the supervision of our friendly training team.


Study this course at one of our training centres, or from home. Visit the pages below to find out more, including maps and directions.

Course Outcome

The course covers part of the OCR and IAB Level 2 bookkeeping examination requirements, as well as enabling you to sit two online assessments that lead to the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping.

At the end of the course, you will take an exam leading to a nationally respected Pitman Training certificate.

People Who Enrolled On This Course Also Tried…

Students who already had some knowledge of Bookkeeping enrolled on Intermediate Bookkeeping and Advanced Bookkeeping.

If you’re looking for a longer, more comprehensive Bookkeeping course, why not try our Foundation in Bookkeeping Diploma.

Not sure which Bookkeeping course is for you?

Just get in touch with one of our Course Advisors to arrange for a free careers consultation and course demo, or to find out more about our Bookkeeping Courses.

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