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ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts ABA8 & ABA9


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ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts ABA8 & ABA9

Price: £450.00Course Code: ABA8 ABA9
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ICB Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Accounts ABA8 & ABA9

Our apologies. The ICB Syllabus for this course is currently being updated and cannot be purchased at this time. If you would like to be informed when it's available again, please complete our Contact Form. We will be in touch when the new course is up and running.


Final management accounts of incorporated businesses. This ICB Certificate Level 4 covers the production of a set of accounts from incomplete records, advanced partnership accounts and the preparation and interpretation of internal management accounts for incorporated bodies. Upon completion of this qualification candidates will be able to carry out the role of an employed or self-employed bookkeeper, producing draft year-end accounts for limited companies and limited liability partnerships in bICB approved course provider logooth a manual and a computerised system within the above limitations.

Before commencing the study at this level the candidate should have achieved ICB Level III Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounts or its equivalent with another awarding body. Candidates must hold valid student registration, or valid Associate Membership.


Assessment Type:
One timed home-based online assessment and one timed centre-based assessment.

Availability - Immediate in every week of the year.

Limits of the qualification:- This qualification covers the production of internal management accounts only. Those who wish to prepare sets of accounts for directors’ signatures under Financial Reporting Standards (both UK and International) should successfully compete this qualification and then take the Level IV Unit in Financial Reporting.

Employment Opportunities: Self- Employed Bookkeeper / Senior Employed Bookkeeper

ICB Level III Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounting or its equivalent with another awarding body. If you're not sure  please contact one of our Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227  789  649

All course material follows the New 2014 ICB syllabus


  • Prepare a set of accounts for an organisation from incomplete records
  • Prepare a set of final accounts for a limited company for internal management purposes
  • Prepare a set of final accounts for a limited liability partnership (income statement and balance sheet only – the preparation of notes will not be tested).
  • Adjust the capital share of partners in the event of a change of partnership profit sharing ratio
  • Interpret financial statements by calculating and explaining ratios for profitability and liquidity


Assessment and Grading
The testing of knowledge and skills for this qualification will comprise two online assessments, one of which will be taken in the candidate’s home of place of work, the other of which will be taken at an external ICB centre.

Tution Fee:  £450   

Duration:  allow approxiametly 130 hours.

What's  Included -  all inclusive:

  •     All course material Professionally written focusing on the ICB syallabus with userfriendly online access and downloadable.
  •     Additonal Learning Resources
  •     Your own industry experienced Personal Bookkeeping Tutor contactable t anytime by phone and email. Paul Evans brings over 20 years experience in the bookkeeping profession and specialises in Manual bookeeping. He is responsible for ensuring students pass ICB first time round.  Nick Howarth, expertise is in Computersied and Payroll bookkeeping. Through his committment and dedication to teaching Bookkeeping he is able to help his studnets achieve Distinction in their exams. See below for tutors profile. 
  •      Assignments are at the end of each unit and are marked and graded with essential feedback from your Personal Tutor in short time.
  •      Access to our ADL's Moodle Tutor Support System allowing students to access additonal learning resources
  •      Exam practice
  •      One ICB Mock Exam online download
  •      Unlimited contact and support from your Personal Tutor  and ADL Admin – vital to your success
  •      Sage Instant Accounts  (applicabe to B3)
  •      ICB Student Registration fee (first 12 months membership of the ICB)
  •      ICB Assessments (exam fees  - 2 exams - 1 online and 1 centre based)
  •     Transcript of your grades and course work completed - great for using at job interviews
  •     ADL Certificate in addition to the ICB CertificateThere are no hidden costs


Course Structure:  ICB  Level  IV  Certificate  in  Advanced  Bookkeeping  and  Accounts

There are 2 modules in this course:  ABA8 and ABA9

Paper ABA8 – Final management accounts of incorporated businesses
         Home /place of work based assessment to include:

  • Final accounts including adjustments for a limited company (internal management accounts format only)
  • Limited liability partnerships
  • incomplete records
  • partnership profit sharing ratios
  • calculation and interpretation of ratios
  • testing in a computerised accounts system for any and/or all of the above

Paper ABA9 – Level IV External Assessment
A single assessment to be taken at an external ICB centre will be a mixture of multl-choice and data entry questions which will cover all elements of the syllabus

Qualifications Awarded:
This full qualification will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail
Both the test and the examination must be successfully achieved to gain the full qualification.

Once all tests have been successfully completed a final certificate can be applied for and will be will be graded at Distinction with Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass. Unit results will be aggregated. To achieve the relevant grade in the full qualification, the following aggregate marks must be achieved:

Designated Letters After Your Name:  MICB
Successful completion of the ICB  Level  IV Certificate in Advanced Bookkeeping and Account allows  you to  upgrade to Member of the ICB and the award of the designatory letters MICB may be used after your name.


Paul Evans course tutorPaul Evans
CAPM, MICB, CB.Dip, PM.Dip, AMCollT, BSYA (Cl. Fit.)

Paul brings three decades of real world business and bookkeeping expertise. His bookkeeping and business experiences include many international Project Management programmes, Directorships, Managerial positions and bookkeeping services. Pauls' active participation in the bookkeeping profession ensures he is up-to-date with current accounting practices. He is a full member of the ICB. His international business background and role as a business counsellor, is an added bonus when helping students persue their bookkeeping career. Pauls friendly, helpful and motivating personality is a contributing factor in helping many students achieve Distinction in their ICB exams.

 Nick Howarth course tutorNick Howarth
Bsc, (Hons) Computer Studies 1st class, (Southampton University), Prince 2 Practitioner Qualified,
ITIL Foundation Certificate, Diploma in Bookkeeping ICB Level 3, Diploma in Payroll Management
ICB Level 3. ICB examiner.

Nick's business and bookkeeping experience in IT, Management and Bookkeeping expands over 20 years. His various positions held with Hewlett Packard include: Software Development Engineer, Support, Engineer, Technical Account Manager, Manager  Response Centre and Support & Operations Manager for Sirenic Ltd. In addition to his extensive IT and bookkeeping career, Nick is also the Director of  Southhampton Bookkeeping Ltd providing bookkeeping services to clients and also tutoring students for the ICB exams. He is also an ICB examiner.


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Course Prerequisite ICB Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping and Accounting or its equivalent with another awarding body.
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