This short module caters for people who want a good grounding in double-entry bookkeeping and the production of basic financial statements as well as anyone who wants to proceed to professional qualifications as bookkeepers, accounting technicians or fully qualified accountants. You’ll gain practical skills in Excel spreadsheets and double-entry bookkeeping, both manual and computerised, as well as knowledge and understanding of the essential principles, concepts, ethics and limitations that underpin bookkeeping and financial accounting. This module is a recommended preparatory module for our Professional Certificate in Accounting. It has a choice of start dates, and you decide how long to take over your studies, from twelve up to twenty-four weeks.

Standalone study only

This module is available for standalone study only. Any credits from this module cannot be counted towards an OU qualification.

The Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting programme is offered by The Open University UK.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The content of this module consists of the following:

  • the basic principles, concepts, ethics, limitations and techniques central to bookkeeping and accounting
  • the role of bookkeeping and accounting within for-profit organisations, not-for-profit organisations and the public sector
  • the relationship between bookkeeping and accounting, including similarities and differences
  • careers in bookkeeping and accounting, and the requirements for professional qualifications in the two subjects.
For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


Please note: this module is only available for standalone study. You cannot count the credits you gain from the module towards any current OU qualification.

Tuition Fee

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    477 GBP/full
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