Bookkeeping Made Simple

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This course is designed for those interested in learning about bookkeeping.

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The course is about how to do a bank reconciliation on excel and how to complete a UK VAT return on excel.
We’ll cover terminology such as bank rec, nominal codes, VAT (codes and rates). Plus we’ll look at how to take these figures to prepare a simple profit and loss account.

The course is structured in such a way to show you how to do bookkeeping using an excel template. This template is included to download so that you can have a go at using this yourself. The template is a cashbook, and the bookkeeping is done on a cash basis. The template is in the form of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, version 2003, thus you will need Excel 2003 or a newer edition (2007, 2010…) in order to open the spreadsheet.

Once the bookkeeping is done, these figures can then be used to complete the VAT return. The VAT return is based on the UK laws and rules. The course shows you how to use the figures to do the VAT return.

The template has codes embedded which are the nominal codes. The course covers what nominal codes are and how they work with the template. There is a worked example of a bank reconciliation.

It’s an ideal course if you are working in the accounts/finance department and/or if you are thinking of embarking on a career in accountancy or bookkeeping and part of your requirement is to run the VAT return or do the bank rec and report back to the owners of the firm. If you are thinking of starting your own business and want to understand how to do a bank rec and VAT on excel, then this course is for you.

If you have already began a business, and want a simple, effective method to do your bookkeeping – then this course is for you. You need to know how to navigate around excel – a basic level of competence is needed. The template is sufficient for you to use in your own business. If you’re comfortable with excel and prefer to do your books on this system, and not a specific accounting software, then you’ll find this course useful.

What knowledge will I learn?

  • Complete a bank reconciliation on excel
  • Do their bookkeeping using a simple spreadsheet
  • Run a VAT Return using excel
  • Understand common accounting terminology

Who is the target audience?

  • Bookkeepers, self-employed and small business owners looking for a simple effective bookkeeping method using an excel spreadsheet.
  • It’s not for you if your business is growing and you need a ‘proper’ accounting software.


  • You will need to have excel 2003 (spreadsheets) or later e.g. 2007, 2010 version – as you’ll be given a template to download and you need to be able to open it.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding on bookkeeping.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Aims Of The Course And Intro To The Tutor

Organizing Your Bookkeeping Records

Computerized Systems

History And Principles Behind The Ledgers

Intro To Flower Power Ltd

Download The Template – Explanation Of The Tabs

Enter Income Received

Enter Expenses Incurred

Reconciling Items

Recap On The Bank Reconciliation

General Overview Of VAT And How It Works In The UK

Do The VAT Return



Simple Profit And Loss: Month 1

Month 2: Enter Income

Month 2: Enter Payments

Entering Credit Card Transaction

Reconciling Items

VAT Return

Reports And Results: Month 2


1 student review
  1. Terrie says:

    easy simple understanding course
    This course was so easy to understand. The simple template that is used to practice with was also very easy and simple to understand method.