Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (in conjunction with Sage)
The Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (in conjunction with Sage) is a qualification from the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB). It teaches you how to use Sage accounting software, the main accounting software used by business, and so will help you obtain a job or promotion in accounts or finance.
- Gain an accredited qualification
- Obtain a certificate of competence from Sage
- Can become a professional bookkeeper
- Improve your employability prospects
- Can work in small businesses
- could start your own business
- will update your knowledge of Sage accounting software
- Can use it for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and
- Could progress to a degree in computerised accounting while still working
Who is it for?
This qualification is for anyone who:
- Wants to find a job in accounts or finance
- already works in accounts or finance and wants a promotion or to undertake continuing professional development
- plans to set up as a bookkeeper
- wants to learn how to use or update their knowledge of Sage accounting software
The IAB Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF qualification number 601/5245/x) consists of six units which together total 16 credits:
- Principles of recording and processing financial transactions (2 credits – QCF code M/505/1092)
- Professional values and basic business legislation (1 credit – QCF code F/600/8757)
- Banking procedures (1 credit – QCF code R/505/1098)
- Basic principles of costing (4 credits – QCF code Y/600/4925)
- Principles of VAT (2 credits – QCF code A/505/1094)
- Setting up and processing using computerized accounting application
(6 credits – QCF code M/505/8751)
There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 2 Certificate in Computerised Accounting for Business. However, it is recommended that you will already have basic skills in both numeracy and literacy prior to embarking on a course of study for this qualification.
What is included?
- One year of unlimited tutorial support
- Live or recorded lectures
- Bespoke course materials including printed workbooks from Sage and IAB
- A 180 day (i.e. six month) Sage 50 Accounts license
- Mock assessments
- IAB Assessment fees
- Six months’ IAB membership (required to take the IAB assessments)
- 24/7 access to the Teaching Zone
- Optional NUS card (additional cost) for UK based students – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts
The qualification aims to:
- Act as further understanding of financial record keeping using Sage accounting software and the fundamentals of a double-entry bookkeeping system.
- Give you the necessary skills to carry out a range of day-to-day computerised accounting routines and activities using Sage software including the entry of business transactions and routine basic bookkeeping tasks such as the posting to ledgers and the preparation and use of journals.
- Provide an understanding of the importance of maintaining accuracy, security and data integrity in performing any bookkeeping tasks using accounting software.
- Give you a greater understanding of the capabilities of the software and how it can enable better financial management and control of a business.
- Enable you to progress in your learning to further develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of dealing with financial transactions by (a) gaining a Sage competence certificate at this level, (b) completing the units necessary to receive the IAB Level 2 Certificate in Applied Bookkeeping or IAB Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping, and or (c) undertaking further studies of bookkeeping and accounting routines, both manually and using Sage software at Level 3.
- Enable you to progress to self-employment or employment by preparing you for various job roles which may include, but are not limited to: bookkeeper, accounts officer, finance officer, credit control officer, purchase ledger supervisor or sales ledger supervisor.
How do I study and how long does it take?
The qualification is taught online, so you can start at any time as you are not restricted by term times. You will receive your log in and password for the Teaching Zone as soon as we have received payment. All you need is Internet access!
It is designated by IAB as 112 guided learning hours which is the total time you are likely to spend studying including all your time spent on listening to the lectures, reading the online information, reading the workbooks, using the software, undertaking the exercises, discussions with other students and completing the assessment.
Over six months – 40 minutes per day or four hours per week or 19 hours per month
Over three months – 80 minutes per day or eight hours per week or 37 hours per month
How is it assessed?
The qualification is assessed by five online computerised tests and one skills assignment or work based evidence.