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Introduction To Accounting - January Start NQ

(SCQF level 5)

Accounting, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

7th Jan 2020, 1 year


City Campus


This course provides an introduction to both Financial and Management Accounting and gives sufficient training in accounting procedures and techniques to enable you to progress further academically or to be equipped sufficiently to attempt clerical level types of employment in an accounting environment.

Further details of the topics covered are provided in the section “What you Study” below.

You'll be assessed continuously throughout this course with the assessments taking the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies. There is no final examination.

You'll undertake a programme of guidance activities designed to help you make the most of your qualification and college experience.

You'll be required to attend college on 4 days every week from 9 am to 5 pm from January to June.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 4 and One National 5 qualification at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; 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, Woodwork, Health and Food Technology, Languages, Music, Media, Photography and Physical Education.

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited to attend an interview.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • Preparing Financial Accounting Information.
  • Preparing Management Accounting Information.
  • Analysing Accounting Information.
  • Handling Wages and Salaries.
  • Computer Applications:  Accounting.
  • Developing Skills for Employment.
  • Management Accounting Systems.
  • Preparing Accounts for Partnerships and Not for Profit Organisations.
  • Preparing Accounts for Limited Companies.
  • Consumer Protection Legislation in Scotland.
  • Recording Cash Transactions.
  • Recording Transactions in the Ledger.

After the course


Continuing Study

You can progress to any business related HNC programme 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 19 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. 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 the course content which will be 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.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    7th Jan 2020
    End Date:
    19th Jun 2020
  • Location:
    City Campus