Accounts for the Small Business  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 weekly classes £440.00 CS1798 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 20 February 2018 18:30 - 20:30 5 weeks, 2 evenings a week (Tuesday & Thursday) £440.00 CS1798 Apply Now

Course Content

This is a practical course aimed at those interested in or already running their own business and want to get to grips with business accounts. Learn how to record and prepare business accounts that comply with accounting standards and HMRC requirements.
Students learn the basics of financial management for the small business and look at the essential elements of finance including cash flow forecasts, cost analysis, recording transactions, preparing accounts, VAT returns and taxation.

Why choose the Accounts for Small Businesses short course?

City's course in Accounts for the Small Business will provide small business owners with an understanding of financial management in order to effectively run their own small business.

Our 10 week classes will also enable students to document business accounts that are compliant with accounting standards and HMRC requirements.

Tutor Info

Tony Pamphilon has many years' experience of working in colleges and universities, in the UK and overseas. He has managed large departments and taught learners of all abilities from beginners up to  undergraduates and postgraduates. He currently works as a freelance lecturer and consultant and teaches a wide range of accounting related subjects at City, University of London and Birkbeck, University of London.


An interest in small business management.

Applicants must be competent in basic arithmetic.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to understand the basics of:

How to prepare and maintain a set of business accounts that comply with accounting standards and HMRC requirements
Budgeting to enable better business cash flow management
Costing and ratio analysis to enable you to review business performance and efficiency
Completing VAT returns
Tax planning. Gain an overview of HMRC requirements with a view to minimising your tax burden


Week 1Introduction to Accounts
Cash Flow Forecasting
Week 2Costing and Break-Even Analysis
Week 3Recording Cash Transactions
Week 4Recording Credit Transactions
Bank Reconciliation
Week 5Income Statements and Balance Sheets
Week 6Adjustments and Losses
Week 7Ratio Analysis
Computerised Accounts overview
Week 8VAT
Week 9Tax
including Allowable Expenses and Capital Allowances
Week 10


including Company Structures and reporting to HMRC

Recommended Reading

There is no set recommended text for this course, although the text below is a useful starting point.

Cox, D. (2012) Business Accounts for book-keeping and financial accounting courses: Osborne Books

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