An introduction to bookkeeping controls
The bookkeeping controls unit is about control accounts, journals and methods of payment. It takes students through reconciliation processes and the use of the journal to the stage of redrafting the trial balance, following initial adjustments.
This unit covers more complex Foundation level bookkeeping procedures, which will enable students to develop their understanding of the relationship between the various accounting records and consolidate their knowledge of double-entry bookkeeping. Students will gain the confidence they need to perform well in the workplace and the unit will prepare them for
Students will develop the ability to prepare the value added tax (VAT) control account as well as the sales and purchases ledger control accounts, including reconciliation with the sales and purchases ledgers. They will use the journal to record a variety of transactions, including the correction of errors. Students will be able to redraft the initial trial balance, following
adjustments, and be able to identify different methods of payment and their use. They will learn to update the cash book following receipt of a bank statement, and also how to prepare a bank reconciliation statement.
This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired from studying Bookkeeping Transactions. Studying Bookkeeping Controls and consolidating the double-entry bookkeeping skills gained in Bookkeeping Transactions will also provide an important foundation for the financial accounting units at Advanced level: Advanced Bookkeeping and Final Accounts Preparation.
This unit refers to value added tax or VAT. This is an indirect tax operating in the UK but this type of tax may also operate and be known by another name in other countries.
Bookkeeping Controls is a mandatory unit in this qualification.
Learning outcomes for bookkeeping controls
1. Understand payment methods
2. Understand controls in a bookkeeping system
3. Use control accounts
4. Use the journal
5. Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book