IAB Certificate in
Computerised Bookkeeping Level 2 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

Further your studies of Computerised bookkeeping and gain an accredited qualification.


Why take this course?

This course provides the knowledge and skills to set-up a computerised accounting system, prepare business documents, process a wide range of transactions from source documents and produce reconciliations and reports. It is specifically aimed at learners who wish to further their studies of computerised accounting and gain a qualification at Level 2 of the regulated qualification framework, either from a point of some previous knowledge, or having already achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping.

The qualification will also appeal to those learners who already have some practical knowledge and skills and wish to gain an accredited qualification in the subject of computerised accounting.

Owners of small businesses should also find the qualification useful as it gives coverage of the use of commercially available computerised software suitable for maintaining accounts for a small business.

What you will experience

The qualification is made up of the following units:

Principles of computerised accounting and VAT (M/508/5842)

You will learn to recognise source documents and understand their purpose, understand the basics of computerised accounting and terms used in accounting. You will also develop your understanding of the basics of the VAT system, HMRC VAT rules as well as the purpose of VAT accounts and the VAT return.

Use a computerised accounting system (R/508/6627)

Set up a computerised accounting system, generate and use source documents and account for cash sales and sundry income. Process customer receipts and refunds, supplier payments and refunds, petty cash transactions, payments through the bank current account and post journal entries.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However it is recommended that prospective candidates already have some previous knowledge, or have achieved the IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Bookkeeping.

What you will need

The preparatory work and knowledge test for this course are provided online so students will need internet access and IT equipment to complete the course. Alternatively, a time slot can be booked at our assessment centre.

The software used on this course is Sage Line 50. Online access to the software is provided to students.

What you need to know

Additional costs

Please note that your registration fee, student membership for 1 year, certification costs and IAB assessment fees are included (excluding re-sits).

Anything else?

To successfully complete the qualification you must pass two assessments. There is one online knowledge test which is a series of independent short answer questions made up of multiple choice, gap fill, and true or false type questions. The online knowledge test is open book which means it can be taken at home or you can book a time slot at our assessment centre. The online examination for this course is taken under examination conditions and consists of a series of independent questions.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:



Duration Fees Code
70 Hours over 8 Months £389.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.