What you will study
Proper accounting is crucial for the prosperity and survival of any organisation. Our complex economic system depends on accurate, trustworthy and relevant financial records and reports. While this module focuses on the accounting required for a sole trader, the skills and knowledge you will learn are of central importance for accounting, and managing in any organisation, whether for-profit, not-for-profit or governmental.
Unit 1: Introduction to accounting
This unit introduces the scope and structure of the module and the purpose of bookkeeping and accounting, as well as the skills, knowledge and ethics required for accounting.
Unit 2: Essentials of double-entry bookkeeping
This unit introduces the key principles of the double-entry bookkeeping system, which is based on the accounting equation.
Unit 3: Accruals accounting explored
Unit 3 develops an understanding of recording a wide range of transactions through ledger accounts.
Unit 4: Control over the ledgers
This unit introduces the books of original entry that underpin ledger accounts as well as the different ways that ledger accounts are monitored, controlled and corrected.
Unit 5: Preparing financial statements
This unit revisits end-of-period adjustments and how they are used to prepare financial statements. It also explains how to derive useful information from incomplete records, and how to prepare manufacturing accounts.
Unit 6: Essentials of cost and management accounting
Unit 6 provides an introduction to the basic concepts and principles of management accounting, including cost analysis, accounting control systems and cost bookkeeping. This unit also covers the differences between manual and computerised accounting systems.
Unit 7: Management accounting applications
This unit considers some important management accounting applications, applying the concepts and principles of management accounting introduced in Unit 6.
Unit 8: Preparing for the exam
Unit 8 is designed to help you revise the module teaching materials and prepare for the end-of-module examination
You will learn
You will learn the fundamental concepts and techniques of financial and management accounting as well as a range of relevant skills. These include double-entry bookkeeping, advanced numeracy, reading and analysing relevant case studies, using information and communication technologies, preparing appropriate reports and using and manipulating spreadsheets.
This module has vital vocational relevance if you wish to work as a bookkeeper or aspire to any managerial role where you are accountable for your performance. It is of particular relevance if you wish to qualify as a professional accountant as this module is designed to be an ideal springboard for such an ambition.
This module is designed to offer, on completion, immediate professional recognition by the International Association of Book-keepers (IAB). Accreditation is currently in progress. This accreditation will enable you to gain exemption from both their Level 2 Certificate in Book-keeping and Level 3 Diploma in Accounting and Advanced Book-keeping. On successful completion you will be able to apply to become a Member of the IAB. Conditions of accreditation and membership with the IAB, including any annual fees and the requirement for referees, will need to be confirmed directly with the IAB.