How to become a 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
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could do an accounts and finance assistant intermediate apprenticeship.
This typically takes around 12 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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.
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.