Bookkeeping and Payroll

What you will study

    1. An introduction to double entry bookkeeping
    2. Accounting for sales and purchases (non-VAT and VAT)
    3. Accounting for payroll
    4. Accounting for non-current assets
    5. Accounting for inventory
    6. Accruals and prepayments
    7. Receivables and payables
    8. Control accounts reconciliations
    9. Bank reconciliations
    10. Irrecoverable and doubtful debts
    11. Errors and suspense accounts
    12. Ledger accounts and the trial balance
    13. Financial statements

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Illustrative practice activities with solutions, “test your understanding” activities and tutor-marked assignments to reinforce learning
    • Certificate of completion

This non-credit three-month course is intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests in subjects related to finance or tax law.

This course can be taken alongside your degree or professional qualification studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to undergraduate, postgraduate or professional students of business management, accounting and tax law. 

This course is suitable for complete beginners in accountancy. If you have decided to change to accountancy as a new career area, this course is for you as it explains basic accounting terminology, principles and procedures.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Key skills
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Transferable skills

Career relevance

    • Accounting professions
    • Financial management
    • Tax advisory
    • Business administration
    • General management
    • Management consultancy
    • Professional bodies
    • Professional training
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • Government offices and NGOs

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

12 weeks (96 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are issued a certificate of completion from London School of Finance and Law.

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.


Course start date: 22 August 2020

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of module start. Module sessions will be opened on a weekly basis to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 15 August 2020 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to apply for LSFL membership to study this course.


Future availability

Bookkeeping and Payroll starts four times a year – in February, May, August and November.

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English language requirements

There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses. If English is not your native or second language, or you would like to improve specialist language skills necessary for your profession, you may complete one of the following English language courses:  

English for Finance

Business English

A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.

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