Professional Certificate in Bookkeeping and Payroll is a professional non-regulated qualification designed by London School of Finance and Law for complete beginners in accountancy. This course is particularly suitable for those who have decided to change to accountancy as a new career as it explains basic accounting terminology, principles and procedures.
- An introduction to double entry bookkeeping
- Accounting for sales and purchases (non-VAT and VAT)
- Accounting for payroll
- Accounting for non-current assets
- Accounting for inventory
- Accruals and prepayments
- Receivables and payables
- Control accounts reconciliations
- Bank reconciliations
- Irrecoverable and doubtful debts
- Errors and suspense accounts
- Ledger accounts and the trial balance
- 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
Professional Certificate in Bookkeeping and Payroll is awarded by London School of Finance and Law, allowing you to work as a junior accountant in a UK company.
- Knowledge and understanding
- Key skills
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Transferable skills
- Accounting professions
- Tax advisory
- Business administration
- Management consultancy
Online learning with tutor guidance and support
How long it takes
4 months (160 hours)
You need to be able to spend approximately 10 hours per week on studying this course.
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 course is 50%.
All study materials are provided on the course 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 course. 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: 23 January 2021
The course website will be available to registered students three days in advance of course start. Course 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 16 January 2021 (places subject to availability)
Registration for current students:
Registration for new students:
You have to apply for LSFL membership to study this course.
Professional Certificate in Bookkeeping and Payroll starts three times a year – in January, May and September.
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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:
A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.