Alternative titles for this job include Accounts clerk

Bookkeepers keep financial records up to date and help prepare accounts.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become Bookkeeper

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could take a recognised accounts or bookkeeping qualification while looking for work. These are widely available. They include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 2 Certificate in Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could do an accounts and finance assistant intermediate apprenticeship.

This typically takes around 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could start as an admin assistant with a company, for example on a part-time or temporary contract in an accounts department. You could then take a relevant qualification to become a bookkeeper.


You may be able to learn useful skills from volunteering to help organise a small charity's finances.

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Direct Application

If you want to apply for jobs directly, you may find some employers ask for up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths and English. An A level in business studies, maths, economics or equivalent qualifications could also be useful.

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Further information

You can find out more about training in bookkeeping through the:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Institute of Accountants and Bookkeepers
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
  • What it takes

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    What it takes

    Skills and knowledge

    You'll need:

    • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
    • the ability to work well with others
    • administration skills
    • customer service skills
    • the ability to use your initiative
    • to be flexible and open to change
    • maths knowledge
    • excellent verbal communication skills
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

    What you’ll do

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    What you'll do

    Day-to-day tasks

    In your day-to-day duties you could:

    • deal with sales invoices, income, receipts and payments
    • prepare statements to show income and payments
    • complete VAT returns
    • check that accounts are accurate
    • prepare wages and manage claims for expenses
    • help to prepare annual accounts
    • use computerised accounting systems
    • handle commercially sensitive and valuable information

    Working environment

    You could work in an office.

    Career path and progression

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    Career path and progression

    With experience and training, you could become an accounting technician and take on more complex work.

    You could also become self-employed and set up your own business or teach in a further education college.

    Find out more about teaching in further education from Teach in further education.

    You may decide to take a degree and qualify as an accountant.

    Current opportunities

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    Current opportunities

    Apprenticeships In England

    Apprentice Accountant Assistant

    • Wage: £12,480 a year Annually
    • Location: London

    Apprentice Bookkeeping Assistant

    • Wage: £11,648 a year Annually
    • Location: NEW CROSS, LONDON

    Courses In England


    • Start date: 04 September 2024
    • Location: Birmingham

    Bookkeeping - Level 1 Award

    • Provider: Capital City College Group
    • Start date: 06 January 2025
    • Location: London

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