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Certificate in Accounting and Finance (Level 3)

Course Overview

Certificate in Accounting Online

Certificate in Accounting Online, delivers the essential theoretical and practical teachings required for candidates to begin a career in largely any industry or sector. All successful businesses at all levels are fundamentally dependent on strong accountancy services –professionals with the required skills enjoying rewarding and often lucrative careers in finance. 

Accounting Certificate Online, provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of accountancy and finance in respect to the creation and management of a modern business. Along with being introduced to the history and theoretical outline of accountancy’s role, candidates learn the three key cornerstones of business accountancy - cash flow statements, income statements and balance sheets.

Course content begins with an overview of the importance of accounting, incorporate a brief look at how accountancy has evolved over the years and how it is able to benefit the modern business. Over the course of seven units, candidates are gradually introduced to the role of the accountant and how they fit into the business, the preparation of balance sheets, profit and loss account preparation, cash flow statements and the analysis of operating capital and expenses. Accounting Certificate Online, concludes with an introduction to the sourcing and use of operating cash, along with business budgets and control ratios.

Successful accounting and finance professionals have the option of joining established businesses to assist with ongoing accountancy needs, or may establish their own businesses and work independently

Course Syllabus

Cerificate in Accounting Online: Key Topics

The course consists of the following six units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Accounting and Finance

The course begins by offering a broad introduction to the concept of accounting and finance, touching upon its primary functions and advantages. Candidates are taken through the recent history and evolution of accounting in a modern context, before exploring the ‘accounting cycle’.

Unit 2 – Role of an Accountant

The second unit focuses primarily on the role accounting personnel play within any given business or organisation. Course content investigates the various methods of accounting and essential accounting terminology, while introducing the double-entry system and its advantages.

Unit 3 – The Balance Sheet

One of the most crucially important accountancy elements for any business, unit 3 moves on to introduce and explore the preparation, use and analysis of balance sheets.

Unit 4 – Profit and Loss Accounts

This unit focuses on the preparation of profit and loss accounts, which play a crucial role in the monitoring of business performance and ongoing strategizing. Candidates become familiar with income measurement and analysis.

Unit 5 – Cash Flow Statement

The fifth unit comprehensively investigates cash flow statements, along with the sources, use and analysis of funds. The unit brings about a deeper understanding of the management and consideration of on-hand cash resources, along with other sources of business funds.

Unit 6 – Budgeting

The course concludes with concise overview of business budgeting. Candidates discover what exactly a budget is, along with how to budget in accordance with business performance and ultimately how to manage and control operating budgets professionally.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievementfrom ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Brentwood open learning college has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood open learning college to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Successful candidates will be able to use their new skills and knowledge to pursue roles in accountancy and finance, or continue studying at a higher level. Typical roles include business accountancy and bookkeeping, financial advisor, self-employed accountant and many more besides. Salaries typically begin around £20,000 and can increase to £50,000+ with experience 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Candidates interested in exploring a new career path
  • Existing accountancy workers with no formal qualifications
  • Business owners looking to improve their own accountancy skills
  • Newcomers to accountancy looking to begin a life-long career
  • Anyone interested in enriching their job prospects
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Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Explore a breakdown of the accounting cycle
  • Study the role of the working accountant
  • Build an understanding of key accountancy documents
  • Enhance existing administrative and numeracy skills
  • Investigate the basics of budgeting 

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