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Balance Sheet

My Distance Learning College


You are probably familiar with the accounting term 'balance sheet'. However, relatively few of you will probably really understand what a balance sheet really is or what it purports to show. In this course we shall see that the balance sheet aims to provide a statement of financial position by setting out the resources of the business, on the one hand, and the claims against those resources, on the other. The information contained within the balance sheet can be presented in various forms and in this course we shall consider the main forms of presentation. In drawing up a balance sheet, we employ a number of accounting rules or conventions. We consider these in some detail and discuss their limitations.

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

  • explain the nature and purpose of a balance sheet
  • define the terms asset, liability and capital
  • explain the typical form and content of a balance sheet
  • discuss the major conventions that underpin the balance sheet
  • explain why a balance sheet on its own does not provide an adequate record of events


Balance Sheet Certificate

Balance Sheet Certificate issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Cert after your name.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9394
cost $93.00
estimated time to
complete course
20 Hours
course materials
365 Days