Xero High Cool - Student Elements

Xero Like They Teach in High School

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Some people think High School is cool. Some not so. Xero – the beautiful accounting software – is cool. This course will prove it.

So what does the course contain? Well, there’s a comprehensive package to ensure the student learns exactly what a High School student would be taught, all using the same Demo Company in Xero that they would use. It includes:

  • A Student Manual, which includes instructions for how to use Xero software for the questions included in the course. It also includes:
    • An Introduction Exercise – called Kayaks. This is an in-depth exercise, and includes the following content:
      • Files the Student will need to use, and
      • Answers for the Teacher to compare the Student’s Output to,
    • A Bonus Exercise – called Homecare, which is a cash-based business. This has the same content types as mentioned above;
  • Exercise 1 – called Boots. This has the same content types as Kayaks;
  • Exercise 2 – called Backpacks. This has the same content types as Kayaks too;
  • Exercise 3 – called Cycles. This has the same content types as Kayaks also;
  • Exercise 4 – called Blue Surf. This also has the same content types as Kayaks;
  • A Student Assessment set, which includes:
    • The Test,
    • Files needed by the student to complete the test,
    • A marking guide for the Teacher, and
    • Answers for the Teacher to compare the Student’s Output to.

It should be noted that Exercise 1 onwards are not as in-depth as the Introduction Exercise, as they are building on the knowledge gained from the Introduction Exercise.

Each Exercise has it’s own ‘course’ in Xero, so that the student is starting with a blank slate (in the Blank Company) each time. After purchase, emails will be sent from Xero Learn inviting the student into each of these ‘courses’.


To help you with planning time to allocate to the course, we offer the following guidance:

  • The Introduction Exercise – Kayaks – takes between 3 and 6 hours, depending on the student, and may well need more supervision than the remainder of the course,
  • The other four Exercises take somewhere between 2 and 3 hours each,
  • The Assessment, depending on the student, takes up to 2 hours.

PLEASE NOTE this is the Student Elements version of the Xero High Cool course. As such the Answers are not included.

Your Instructor

Steve Watkins-Barlow
Steve Watkins-Barlow

I have worked in a variety of industries – from retail to printing, an international airline to a government health enterprise – and in organisations of various sizes – from global engineering giant to boutique accounting firm.

My roles have encompassed financial and management accounting, company and tax accounting, finance and operations management. My focus has always been on improvement – processes, my role, results – whatever I could do to contribute to bettering the organisation.

I’ve worked closely with Medical Professionals from various specialities, Engineers, Logistics professionals, Printers, Manufacturing specialists, Retail gurus, and clients from all over the spectrum – and, yes, I’ve tried to make things better for all of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and the learning never ends! While it is a completely self-paced online course - the access to Xero is just for two months (unless you run out of time and email us for more time). However, you have the other resources for good..
How long do I have access to the course?
Given the limited time this course takes, we've given you access to Xero for two months. During this time, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own. If you find you need more time, just email and we'll see if we can work some magic with Xero.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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