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Accounting HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 1 year

26th Aug 2019, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The HNC Accounting Award has been designed to meet the demands and requirements of the Accounting Industry. 

Opportunities are provided to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding in preparation for employment, or for progression to courses such as AAT level 8, or HND Accounting.  

The course focuses on the technical skill of students to be able to process accounting information for a variety of organisations including Sole Traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies.  Students will also learn how to handle both Financial and Management Accounting scenarios and prepare written reports to communicate the outcomes.  In addition, training is included on popular accounting software such as SAGE Accounts and SAGE Payroll.  The course also enhances your skill in using Excel spreadsheets.  

Personal Development Planning is also a key element of this course to encourage learners to consider future paths and set targets to ensure that the most is being made of opportunities available.   

A full list of the units covered is provided in the section “what you study” below. 

Throughout the course, you will undertake a programme of guidance activities designed to encourage the successful completion of the course. 

You'll be required to attend college for 4 days every week from 9 am to 5 pm for one academic year.

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject; OR
  • Three National 5 qualifications at grade A in relevant* subjects; OR
  • NC/NQ** containing a minimum of 12 credits, more than one credit at SCQF level 6; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided such as qualification certificates or employer references.

*relevant subjects cannot include any from the following list: Art and Design, Design and Manufacture, Drama, Graphic Communications, Health and Food Technology, Languages, Music, Media, Photography, Physical Education.

**Internal applicants must complete 16 credits undertaken in the NC/NQ qualification. 

Please take care when completing your application form to ensure that you provide all the information in the correct sections and that the information provided is accurate.  Personal statements must be completed and must be written by the candidate themselves.  

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited to attend an interview.  

What you study

The mandatory units are:

  • Recording Financial Information.
  • Preparing Final Accounts.
  • Using Financial Accounting Software.
  • Cost Accounting.
  • Management Accounting using IT.
  • Group Award Graded Unit.

Other units you'll study to bring their total credits up to 15 are:

  • Payroll.
  • Personal Development Planning.
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets.
  • Business Law.
  • Economic Issues.
  • Mathematics for Business.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in:

  • Bookkeeping.
  • Financial and/or Management Accounting.
  • Accounts Technician.
  • Assistant Accountant.
  • Accounts Supervisor.
  • Financial Reporting.
  • Taxation.

Continuing Study

You can progress to HND Accounting or AAT Level 8 (Advanced Diploma) on successful completion of this course.


How the course is taught

This course is classroom-based and attendance is vital or important content will be missed.  Students are timetabled for approximately 16 hours a week, over 4 days.  An additional 16 hours should be allowed for studying out with class time in order to be successful.  

Learners will be completing practical assignments based on a variety of case studies.  There will also be an element of report writing to demonstrate the ability to explain and analyse financial information.  

Resources are provided to enable students to revise classroom learning in their own time.  

Students will be required to use IT to complete some of the units.  Excel spreadsheet teaching is timetabled in the first 12 weeks however applicants should ensure that they possess a basic level of IT ability in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel.  

Assessment methods

This course is based on continuous assessment.  

This means that the course comprises regular, small, controlled assessments i.e. where the learner must complete the assessment in the classroom under supervised and timed conditions.  It is for this reason that attendance is of vital importance as missing class means you are likely to miss an element of course content which will assessed soon after.  You may also miss scheduled assessments.  

The assessments contain a mixture of numerical content and some written responses (either short answer or reports).  

Students are entitled to two opportunities at each assessment.  

Towards the end of the first year of the course you will undertake a Graded Unit examination, which is designed to assess your ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through the mandatory units

Additional Information


You will be provided with all course materials by your lecturers.  These materials will also be available electronically on the college Virtual Learning Environment, My City.  

All students should bring paper, calculator (a scientific calculator is not required), ruler, pens and pencils.  

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome