Foundation in Finance Diploma


Designed for individuals who wish to develop essential manual and computerised book-keeping skills.

Diploma Description

Wherever business takes place, there is a need for accounting expertise. Since every type of business or organisation needs to be able to organise and manage their financial transactions, every sector of the economy requires some type of accounting services.

Therefore, organisations are constantly seeking professionals with a broad knowledge of book-keeping and accounting as well as the skills to use industry standard computerised systems. In this Diploma, you will learn a wide range of skills from clearly defined book-keeping techniques, as well as a mastery of industry standard software common to virtually every business in the UK, enabling you to take your first step into the financial accounting world.

Learning these financial and business skills is easy with Pitman Training. Our tried and trusted methods are the best available. You will work at your own pace in our comfortable premises, helped by experienced tutors as required. You choose your own hours and keep the reference materials when the course is over.

On completion, you will receive a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers.

Core Subjects

Basic Book-keeping – gain a clear understanding of the basic principles of book-keeping. Learn how to maintain a cash book, petty cash book and reconcile a bank statement

Purchase Ledger – become proficient at maintaining a manual purchase ledger

Sales Ledger – become proficient at maintaining a manual sales ledger

Final Accounts I – learn the principles of double-entry book-keeping in order to maintain a nominal ledger and extract a preliminary trail balance

Sage Line 50 V.12 – convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software

Microsoft Excel – introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard. This will enable you to create a spreadsheet, entering text, numbers and formulas and creating charts

Numeric Data Entry – learn efficient use of the numeric keypad

Elective Subjects - Choose ONE

Microsoft Word – Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Word Expert – Learn advanced word processing skills including mail merge, graphs, macros, creating an index and table of contents to mention just a few

Microsoft PowerPoint – Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Microsoft Access – Develop database skills from initial design stage to running reports and queries

Microsoft Outlook – Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Final Accounts II - learn how to extend the trial balance in order to prepare the final accounts of a business (profit and loss accounts and balance sheet)

Manual PAYE - Learn how to calculate wages and salaries using Inland Revenue tables, understand tax codes and complete Inland Revenue forms. Covers holiday pay, statutory sick pay and statutory maternity pay

Sage Payroll V.10 - convert your manual payroll skills to computerised skills using this most popular program including Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay

Course Benefits

Equip you to start a new career

The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

Personalised workbooks to use as a reference guide on completion of your training

The opportunity to gain a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers

This Diploma provides you with the essential skills to successfully work as a book-keeper.

Guideline Learning Time

4 weeks full-time* (120 hours flexi study)

* full-time is based on approx 20-30 hour week