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A Complete beginner's guide to Accounting and Payroll using Xero

A Xero UK Accounting course by a Qualified Accountant | Earn CPD points | FREE PDF Certificate

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8 hours · Self-paced
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7 CPD hours / points
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Automate everyday business tasks with Xero, an HMRC-recognised easy-to-use Accounting software. This course will guide you on handling invoices and sales, bills and purchases, bank accounts, inventory, fixed assets, payroll, and VAT returns to HMRC.

Practising Accounting and Bookkeeping in this cloud-based accounting and bookkeeping application in real-time will allow you to use the application confidently at work or for yourself.

Without advanced accounting or bookkeeping knowledge, one can gain the confidence and know-how to set up and use Xero software for businesses through this course.

You will be able to do the following by the end of this course

- To sign-up for the application as a company

- Set up and configure the accounting application for businesses

- Set up users, VAT tax rates, Charts or accounts and other Financial settings

- Post customer invoices and credit notes to the sales ledger in the application

- Post supplier invoices and credit notes to the purchase ledger in Xero

- Record the supplier cheques and record the customer receipts using the software

- Post petty cash transactions

- The VAT return in Xero to HMRC

- Post the wages journal in the application

- Post adjustments to the accounts and produce month-end reports

- Manage the payroll to pay the employees from the application without using any external software

Moreover, the course has been accredited by the CPD group, and they will earn you the essential 7 CPD points for your Continuous Professional Development.


Certificate of completion

Digital certificate - Included

The course qualifies for 7 CPD points accredited by the CPD group.


7 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Group


Why Choose this course?

- You will achieve 7 CPD points as Accredited by the CPD Group

- The course is developed and delivered by an Industry expert

- Get Instant E-certificate

- Entirely online

- Self-paced learning and laptop, tablet, smartphone-friendly

And you will also get:

Free PDF Certificate

12 Months Course Access

Course Content

Xero - Complete Accounting & Bookkeeping

Introduction- Xero UK for beginners

The instructor discusses the overview and planning of the course in the introductory module.

Getting Started

This module demonstrates the sign-up process, installing and configuring XERO for a demo UK company. Expands chart of accounts, adding a bank account, tracking categories, etc.

Invoices and Sales

Module three demonstrates using XERO for invoices and sales, credit notes, quotes settings, invoicing tasks, sending statements, and sales reporting.

Bills and Purchases

This module will enable you to make bills and purchases, order settings, batch payments, other billing tasks, sending remittances and purchases reporting.

Bank Accounts

You'll be able to brush up on bank accounts, automatic matching, reconciling invoices, bills, spending, expanding to bank rules, cash coding, uploading bank transactions, and automatic bank feeds.

Products and Services

Module six demonstrates products, and services, adding untracked and tracking products.

Fixed Assets

This module demonstrates fixed assets, adding assets from bank transactions, spending money and bills, and depreciation.


Module eight will enable you to understand payroll, settings, adding employees, paying employees, and payroll filing.

VAT Returns

This module demonstrates UK VAT returns. VAT settings expand manual and digital filing.


You have to attend an online assessment by the end of the course. Assessments will instantly provide results. The successful assessment requirement is 60%. Learners are allowed multiple attempts to encourage them to achieve the desired score. However, every attempt will make the previous result invalid. This multiple assessment attempt is free of charge.


Course Central is proud to offer a Certificate of Completion to all who complete courses successfully. Course Central tracks the learner’s course progress. However, the learner is responsible for validating the completion and understanding of the course. All Certificates of Completion can be validated from the Course Central website using the validation code.


A Transcript for the course with completed module details can be requested for as little as £4.99. Please note that all course Certificates and Transcripts will be titled as published on the Course Central platform.

Who is this course for?

This Xero Accounting and Bookkeeping Course is appropriate for anyone interested in or currently employed in accounting and bookkeeping. Xero can help anyone effortlessly and effectively take care of bookkeeping and tax for business. This accounting system for new ventures allows record-keeping to be fast and enjoyable. It provides a workable business platform that can be easily customised.

Any professional or business owner can explore setting up a Xero system from the start to the end and grasp to enter opening balances, post customer invoices, reconcile the bank and the credit card, prepare a VAT return, the management of payroll function, credit notes, get going quickly with invoices, bills, bank accounts, fixed assets and more.


  • Access to Xero software(you can download and try a trial version for free from the Xero website)

    Existing qualification level: No specific previous qualification is required. However, a basic understanding of Maths, English and ICT would benefit in understanding the content.

    Existing skill levels: Minimum ICT skills to operate any computer system is beneficial. No skill in working with Xero software is essential.

    Technical requirements: Access to any computer or laptop would benefit from practising and following the instructions.

Career path

Xero will benefit a range of roles for anyone but would particularly enhance careers in a bookkeeper, data entry specialist, accounts assistant, financial accountant, senior accounting specialist, accounting manager, finance officer, payroll officer, finance administrator, and not limited to this.

The salary expectation can grow from £20,000 per annum to £40,000 per annum.

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Anne asked:

Do I need Xero installed on the laptop before you start the course?


Hi Anne, No, you don't need to install Xero. But if you have one this would help you better. If you are not a subscriber- you can try their 30-day free trial. Best wishes for you.

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Anny Cardozo asked:

hi there! do you have my Email ID or number ? how do you contact us ?


Hi Anny, Upon purchase, we will email you the login details to access the course.

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Rebecca asked:

Hi, is it appropriate for UK Xero Software?


Hi Rebecca, Yes this course is appropriate for UK Xero Software.

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Hayley asked:

Is this an accredited course?


Hi Hayley. Yes, this is an accredited course.

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Loraine asked:

My partner has his own business and uses xero. Would I able to use this in training without messing up his inputs?


Hi Loraine, Yes, we believe you can use Xero without messing up if you complete the course. You can always make amendments if you make a mistake. Xero is very popular and flexible Accounting software.

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Rathika asked:



Good afternoon Rathika, You can take this course to learn Xero software. If you have any other query then please feel free to contact us. Have nice day.

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Corey asked:

How long it will take to get course access after purchasing the course?


Hello Corey, Thank you for your query. After purchasing the course you will immediately get the access to your course. If you need any other details please feel free to contact us. Have a great day.

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Logan Gordon asked:

Will I get the certificate instantly after completing the course?


Hello Logan, Thank you for your query. After the successful completion of your course, you will instant get your e-certificate. If you need any other details please feel free to contact us. Have a great day.

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