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Bookkeeping: Manual and Computerised Level 5 (Blended Learning)

This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competence to produce and maintain accurate bookkeeping records for a range of organisations, using manual and computerised systems

Minor Award

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competencies to operate both a manual book-keeping system from source documents up to trial balance and also to use a computerised accounts system.

This course is scheduled to run 1 evening a week, Thursday for 14 weeks from 6.00-10.00.

The initial class and all assessments will take place in the Monavalley Campus

Please note  all Learners must have competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or Higher).

What will I study ?

  • Explain the key terminology associated with the recording andmaintenance of bookkeeping records, using manual and computerised systems
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of a computerised system over a manual one for record keeping purposes
  • Complete the books of first entry with appropriate VAT and departmental analysis from the information contained in a range of source documents to include; invoices, credit notes, bank records, petty cash vouchers
  • Post the information from the daybooks to the appropriate accounts in the ledgers
  • Extract a trial balance at the end of an accounting period
  • Prepare a Bank Reconciliation Statement from data supplied
  • 7 Prepare the end-of-period VAT Return in accordance with the requirements of the Revenue Commissioners
  • Process all tasks as per the manual ones using an accounts package, comparing manual and computerised results
  • Analyse tasks completed making appropriate corrections to any errors and editing of data as directed
  • Print a selection of reports after backing up computerised data on a suitable medium.

What's the certification?

QQI Level 5 Minor Award Certificate in Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised (5N1354)

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants should have a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme. 
  • Applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education although no formal qualifications are required.
  • Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.
  • As this is a Blended Learning course applicants must have access to a PC/Laptop Internet and have reasonable computer literacy

Fee Information

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions?

Contact our Kerry College Admissions Offices – Tralee on 066 714 9696, Killarney on 064 662 2593 or [email protected]

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Mary on our Part-time courses team at 066-7149696.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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