York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed for people at work, self-employed or individuals wanting to enter the accounting profession. This course is a great taster for those who have no accounts experience and those curious about what higher-level courses might involve.

Overview of the course

This qualification delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.

The aim of the qualification is to develop the introductory book-keeping practices and processes to enable candidates to adjust ledger accounts to take account of activities at the trial balance date which affect the production of an accurate trading, profit and loss account and balance sheet.

Entry Requirements

Good numeracy skills are required and a keen interest in working with numbers. You don’t need any previous finance experience to enrol. You should be aged over 19 before the start of your course.

If you have a criminal record or have been made bankrupt, professional organisations may not accept you as members. Please contact the applicable professional body membership team directly for more advice if this is relevant to you.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Day) – 21st Sep 2021 – 14th Dec 2022, Tuesdays, 9am – 2pm, 15 weeks

January (Day) – 18th Jan 2022 – 5th Apr 2022, Tuesdays, 9am – 2pm, 15 weeks

April (Day) – 25th Apr 2022 – 4th Jul 2022, Mondays, 9am – 2pm, 15 weeks

Course Modules/units

This qualification delivers the skills and essential knowledge to manage books effectively. It includes manual double entry bookkeeping, and associated documents and processes, up to Trial Balance standard.

This qualification can be used as a fast track route to the AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. It includes following skills:

  • Check and correct errors arising from inaccurate/incomplete/missing entries in the ledger and day books
  • Provide for depreciation of fixed assets using ledger accounts
  • Account for accruals, prepayments, bad debts and provide for doubtful debts
  • Prepare individual accounts in purchase and sales ledgers
  • Prepare purchase ledger control accounts and sales ledger control accounts
  • Complete an extended trial balance

Study Method

On campus deliver means you benefit from regular college classes, an experienced college tutor will discuss and reinforce what you have learnt and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Discussion and debate with classmates will help you apply theories to situations you face in the workplace.


Candidates will be required to complete a City & Guilds set and marked test. This will consist of a number of practical tasks.

Course Fees

The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

This qualification can also open up a choice of great careers, as well as providing educational and training progress onto the City & Guilds Level 3 Bookkeeping or AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.

Career Progression

AAT qualifications are recognised by employers as practical and technical qualifications that prepare students for the world of work and for working specifically in accountancy and finance roles. 

A range of careers are open to you on completion of these qualifications, including employment in these roles:

  • Accounting technician
  • Accounts clerk
  • Finance clerk
  • Private practice accountant
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Trainee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Administrator

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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