What will the course Cover?
Learn how to set up and maintain computerised accounts. You will become familiar with the Industry Standard Sage accounting package and work towards a City & Guilds Qualification. The course covers sales, purchase and nominal ledgers, trial balances, transactions and other basic accounting procedures.
Who is this course for?
The self-employed, people running their own business or working in small to medium sized enterprises. People working in voluntary or charitable organisations, and people with an interest in gaining a computerised book-keeping qualification or developing their knowledge of accounting.
What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?
Basic maths including an understanding of simple formulas. The computer will complete most maths work for you but this will help understanding. Familiarity with the Windows environment and basic file management. Good typing skills. Literacy at Level 1 (a good command of spoken and written English). A basic understanding of book-keeping would be useful. This course requires an interview and skill check before enrolment. Check our website at hfals.co.uk or call 020 8753 3600 for details.
What should I be able to do by the end of the course?
Explain the concept of computerised accounts; create new customer and supplier accounts to the ledgers, amend accounts, post transactions; understand how to use batch control sheets, match receipts/payments; Create and adapt accounts in nominal ledger from given information; Create/view reports such as customer/supplier details and activity reports, nominal activity reports and trial balance reports. Gain an introductory qualification in Computerised Accounts.
How is the course organised?
Lectures, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and lots of hands-on practise. Individual work will be given to help students develop their own skills and strengths. Homework may be set to help assess your progress. Practicing past papers and mock exams to prepare you for the final exam.
What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?
To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access if needed is available at your local library. Homework may need to be completed and returned to the tutor so you can assess how prepared you are for the exam. Further computer studies, e.g. Get Started with Computers or Essential Digital Skills gives a basic understanding of PC file systems and maintenance and how to deal with lost/corrupted files. In order to complete the qualification you must attend the majority of classes. If you know you are going to be absent please inform the tutor who may be able to supply you with practice tasks. If you miss too many sessions of the course, you may not be eligible to sit the exam.
How will my progress be assessed?
Specific tasks and feedback which will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or tasks to assess your progress, and it is essential that you work on these. You will have the opportunity to review practice papers to prepare for the exam. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class leading to the City & Guilds level 1 examination at end of term.
What can I expect to go on to after this course?
You can progress to other digital skills courses, or supplement with manual Book-keeping courses. If you are thinking of starting your own business, then you can enrol on Start your own Business courses to explore your options. Work in small to medium businesses.
Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?
A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. Some suggested texts are: Sage Accounts in Easy Steps or Sage 50 Accounts For Dummies. If you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: www.sageforum.co.uk
What support is available?
Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Learners can access computers to support their learning at Hammersmith & Fulham libraries. See here for more information: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/libraries/using-library/computers-libraries Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (email@example.com) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare (via Ofsted inspected childcare providers), registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.ac.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.