Computerised bookkeeping qualifications from the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) are invaluable to small business owners and anyone looking to develop a bookkeeping career. The syllabus covers a variety of computerised bookkeeping techniques, such as exporting and importing data and electronic submissions, financial data security, creating and emailing invoices and statements and more, giving you IAB associate status and the knowledge needed to progress to IAB Level 3 courses.


Intended for anyone who is involved in processing financial information. 


An introduction to financial record-keeping provides the background knowledge and practical skills essential to all businesses.


Having covered the background knowledge, the course provides ideal practical training in how to use the Sage 50 accounting software to perform the basic tasks which are required on a day-to-day basis.


The hints and tips included show how to make use of the many time and cost saving features within the latest version of Sage 50 accounts.


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Course fee:  £99 (plus £160 IAB registration fee, payable together)

Course duration: 48 Guided Learning Hours (i.e. the total time you should take to complete the qualification)

Method of study: Online/distance learning

What's included: Live lectures, recorded lectures, access to interactive study material, 1 to 1 tutor support

Qualification earned:

Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF) 601/5244/8

 Awarding body: International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB)



Course overview

The Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business is aimed at individuals who wish to begin their studies of computerised accounting and gain an entry level qualification from a point of no previous knowledge. It could also be undertaken if you have some practical knowledge and skills and wish to gain an accredited qualification in the subject. It is suitable if you want to learn the basic routines relating to the entry of bookkeeping transactions into a Sage computerised accounting system.


IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF) - 9 credits

  • Introduction to bookkeeping - M/600/8737 (1 credit)
  • Working within bookkeeping - T/600/8738 (2 credits)
  • Banking procedures - R/505/1098 (1 credit)
  • Using a Computerised Accounting Application - K/506/8750 (5 credits)

What is included

  • Six months of unlimited tutorial support
  • Bespoke course materials
  • A 180 day Sage 50 Accounts licence
  • Mock assessments
  • Assessment fees
  • Six months' IAB membership (required to take the IAB assessments)
  • 24 hour access to the online teaching area
  • Free career management centre services
  • Optional NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business.  However, it is recommended that prospective candidates will already have basic skills in both numeracy and literacy prior to embarking on a course of study for this qualification.



The IAB Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business aims to:

1. Act as an introduction to financial record keeping using Sage computerised accounting software.

2. Give you the necessary skills to carry out a range of basic day-to-day computerised accounting routines and activities using Sage software, including the entry of business transactions and other routine basic bookkeeping tasks.

3. Provide an understanding of the importance of maintaining accuracy, security and data integrity in performing any bookkeeping tasks using accounting software.

4. Give you an understanding of the capabilities of the software and how it can enable better financial management and control of a business.

5. Enable you to progress in their learning, by further developing their knowledge, understanding and skills of dealing with financial transactions by:

  • Gaining a Sage competence certificate at this level
  • Completing the units necessary to be awarded with the IAB Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping
  • Undertaking further studies of bookkeeping and accounting routines, both manually and using Sage software at Level 2.

6. Provide progression opportunities for you to study for further units at Level 2 which, at that level, will enhance your understanding of the professional ethics of bookkeeping and relevant legislation and to gain underpinning knowledge of maintaining a double entry bookkeeping system.

7. Enable you to progress into self-employment or employment by preparing you for various job roles which may include, but are not limited to, junior bookkeeper, accounts clerk, finance assistant, data entry clerk, invoicing clerk, sales ledger clerk or accounts trainee.


On successful completion of all the units, you will receive a certificate to confirm the achievement of the Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business (QCF).  The certificate will include the full name and accreditation number of the qualification and the award of Pass.


You will also receive a certificate from Sage confirming your competence in the use of Sage accounting at Level 1.



Benefits for trainees:

  • IAB qualifications open new doors to exciting careers, as well as extending business accounting and payroll skills if you are currently employed
  • Start your own business
  • Work in small businesses
  • A career in bookkeeping can lead to great things
  • Update your knowledge of Sage
  • Improve your employability prospects
  • A career path into bookkeeping or accountancy
  • Ideal Continuing Professional Development course
  • Gain an IAB qualification and become a professional bookkeeper
  • Accountancy trainees gain exemptions by building recognised credits
  • Gain an accredited qualification - with possible progression to a degree in computerised accounting whilst continuing working
  • Start your training immediately without having to wait for the new term to begin


Benefits for employers:

  • Up-skill your workforce
  • Train key staff members in the features of the latest Sage 50 program
  • Try program before buying
  • Train staff in how to computerise manual accounts
  • Learn how your staff can prepare up-to-date management reports and accounts in house and save money on accountants fees
  • Start-up businesses - teach staff to keep financial records
  • Train your employees how they can improve your company's cash flow, credit control and your bottom line profitability
  • Get the most out of the Sage 50 program (80% of Sage 50 users only use 20% of their program)
  • Have a benchmark qualification you can use to judge an individual's ability
  • Instead of accepting an applicant's word they know the Sage Program, employers now have the certainty of Sage and IAB certificates

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