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Accounting and Finance Course (Level 2)

Course Overview

Online Certificate Accounting

Businesses at all levels spanning private and public sectors alike are dependent on consistently flawless accountancy services, in order to facilitate most day-to-day operations. Even in the instances of non-profit organisations, meticulous management of finances represents one of the most critically important tasks of all. When accountancy fails, the business as a whole faces the prospect of becoming unviable. 

Online Certificate in Accounting: Course Details

This Online Certificate Accounting has been designed for those wishing to begin or advance an existing career working in an accountancy context. Course teachings will also prove invaluable for those looking to start their own businesses with an in-depth understanding of essential accountancy basics.

Over the course of four easy-to-follow yet highly-detailed units of Online Certificate in Accounting, candidates are introduced to the fundamentals of professional accountancy, incorporating an exploration of key financial terms, the role the accountant plays in any given business, a variety of essential financial reports and business documents, the creation of accounts charts, an overview of business bookkeeping and how to analyse and monitor the current financial position of any given business.

Course Syllabus

Online Certificate Accounting: Key Topics

Online Certificate Accounting Course consists of the following four units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Accounting

Kicking off the course, Unit 1 introduces candidates to the very basics of business accounting, along with an overview of key governing organisations and General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  This introductory course unit also guides candidates through the essential accounting cycle.

Unit 2 – The Key Reports

A series of key business documents and accountancy reports are dissected and investigated in Unit 2, which guides candidates through cash flow statements, balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings statements and more.  Course content also covers the differences between single and double-entry accounting, along with an introduction to credits and debts from a business perspective.

Unit 3 – Tools for Financial Analysis

The third course unit focuses on the most important financial analysis tools available to the professional accountant, along with an exploration of annual reports, charts and graphs.  Candidates are guided through competent utilization of ratios as part of the financial decision-making process.

Unit 4 – The Basics of Budgeting

In the fourth and final course unit, candidates explore a variety of budgeting basics.  Course content covers how to define a budget, why it is that budgeting is of such importanceand the key elements within the budgeting process.  Candidates are also introduced to the basics of accountancy software and general IT accountancy competencies.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £360 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £80

No of Instalments: 10

Each Instalment: £28

Pay in Full: (£60 Discount) £300


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 2 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

This entry-level accountancy course paves the way for further studies at a higher level, though can also be helpful to existing workers and business owners. Jobs in accountancy and finance typically attach salaries in the region of £25,000, in accordance with experience and expertise. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Newcomers to accountancy seeking an entry-level introduction
  • Existing workers interested in improving numeracy skills
  • Business owners with no formal accountancy training
  • Candidates intending to move on to diploma-level studies
  • Anyone interesting in improving long-term job prospects

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Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
125 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Learn the basics of business accounting
  • Improve numeracy and administrative skills
  • Study key business financial reports and statement
  • Discover important financial analysis tools
  • Pick up basic accountancy IT and software skills 

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