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Enterprise and Commerce

Access to Accounts

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

This course is designed to allow progression to HNC Accounting Next Generation. Although primarily intended to precede the HNC in Accounting, it also provides evidence of a level of competence and transferable skills to justify progression in related disciplines like Business. 

The aim of the award is to 

  • Enable candidates to determine if they have an aptitude and interest in accounting
  • Prepare candidates for entry into higher-level accounting qualifications, particularly HN Accounting
  • Prepare candidates for entry into other Finance and Accounting qualifications  provided by professiona bodies such as AAT
  • Provide candidates with specific accounting-related knowledge and practical skills useful to employers
  • Respond to market demand for relevant skills development and qualifications at a non-advanced level in accounting

What you will learn

A selection of topics, including:

  • Recording Transactions in the Ledger
  • Handling Wages and Salaries
  • Financial Services: The Regulatory Framework
  • Digital and Enterprise Skills

Some of the subjects you will learn in more detail:

  • Preparing Management Accounting Information - meets the needs of users of accounting information such as managers of branches, departments or subsidiaries of larger organisations; it deals with data suited to making correct management decisions on a day-to-day, week-to-week or month-to-month basis.
  • IT Solutions for Administrators - as well as specialist software, all kinds of accounting-related ad hoc tasks will be done using spreadsheets, databases and word processing.software

Placement information

  • No placement required

How the course is assessed

  • Ongoing assessments throughout the course

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of three relevant National 4s (must include English and Maths/Numeracy) OR;
  • Any relevant National Qualifications Group Award at SCQF level 4 or 5 (including Comms/Numeracy)

Relevant subjects could include - English, Business, Economics, Marketing, Modern Studies, Science subjects

Candidates will be considered on an individual basis

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You may be required to attend a group and/or individual information session and/or a skills check.

English Proficiency Requirements

Minimum IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HNC Accounting Next Generation
  • HNC Financial Services

Career options

Roles involve analysing, interpreting, and reporting financial information, such as

  • Forensic Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Retail Banker
  • Tax Advisor

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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