IAB Award in
Bookkeeping Level 1 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

Begin your studies of manual bookkeeping and gain an entry level qualification.


Why take this course?

The IAB Level 1 Award in Manual Bookkeeping (QCF) is broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4 in Scotland and will provide you with essential book keeping skills. The course is accredited by the International Association of Book Keepers (IAB) and covers double entry or manual book keeping systems, serving as a valuable introduction to the practical elements of financial record keeping. The course is aimed at those who wish to begin their studies of bookkeeping, from a point of no previous knowledge or experience.   It is also suitable for those who have some bookkeeping knowledge and skills and want to formalise their competence by gaining a recognised accredited qualification in bookkeeping.  It could be used as a foundation for learners considering a career change, training to become a self-employed practitioner or small business owners wanting an introduction to the function of bookkeeping with a view of keeping financial records for their business. 

What you will experience

You will learn how to assess your competence in carrying out a range of basic day-to-day bookkeeping routines and activities using a single entry manual bookkeeping system. This includes recording business transactions, using the journal, preparing a trial balance, petty cash and bank reconciliations as well as developing an understanding of the basics of VAT.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. 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.

What you will need

The knowledge test and assignments for this course are provided online so students will need internet access and IT equipment to complete the course.  Alternatively, a time slot can be booked at our assessment centre.

What you need to know

Additional costs

Please note that your registration fee, student membership for 1 year, certification costs and IAB assessment fees are included (excluding re-sits).

Anything else?

To successfully complete the qualification you must pass three assessments.  The first is an online knowledge test which is a series of independent short answer questions made up of multiple choice, gap fill, and true or false type questions. There are also two assignments to complete which take the form of short case study type questions with several tasks for each case study.  All of the assessments are open book which means they can be taken at home or you can book a time slot at our assessment centre.

Next steps


On successful completion of this course, you can progress to other courses at North East Scotland College.



Duration Fees Code
50 Hours over 6 Months £196.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.