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Access to HNC Accounting (Next Generation)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Jan 2023

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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 HNC/HND Accounting
  • Prepare candidates for entry into other non-accounting HN Group Awards 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

The course is delivered using a blended learning model, consisting of in-class and/or online delivery. You should have access to a PC, desktop computer or tablet. PCs are available in the college for student use.

Your employer may be entitled to funding for this course.

What you will learn

Some of the subjects you will learn are detailed below:

Preparing Financial Accounting Information - addresses the needs of users of financial information such as owners of and lenders to businesses or organisations; it deals with the financial structure and overall performance of what is being accounted for so that decisions concerning ownership or investment can be made on an accurately informed basis.

Consumer Protection Legislation in Scotland: An Introduction - an introduction to the current statutory provisions relating to consumer protection and appropriate remedies. In this Unit, candidates will explore the protections afforded to consumers in relation to buying goods, harmful products and consumer credit agreements.

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.

Analysing Accounting Information - allow learners to develop the knowledge and understanding of the interpretation and analysis of accounting information, and the ability to interpret and analyse such information using a range of routine and complex techniques.

IT Solutions for Administrators - apart from the specialist software referred to above, all kinds of accounting-related ad hoc jobs work will be done using spreadsheets, databases and word processing.

How the course is assessed

  • Ongoing assessments throughout the course

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 4 passes National 5 at C or above including English/Communication and Maths/Numeracy at level 5 or equivalent
  • Or successful completion of a relevant SCQF level 5 course
  • Or successful completion of the current level 5 course
  • Relevant work experience
  • Applications will be assessed on an individual basis

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HNC Accounting Next Generation
  • HNC Finance 

Career options

Accounting 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 23/01/23 20 Weeks

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