Advanced Diploma In Accounting

The awards are designed for those who wish to take up a career in accounting and/or financial administration within a range of business organizations. The Advanced Certificate in Accounting is a general accounting award which allows candidates to gain skills and knowledge in financial accounting and cost accounting using manual and computerized methods. It covers the competences that employers require when recruiting accounting staff. In addition, these qualifications enable learners to progress to further academic and professional qualifications, either prior to taking up an accounting position or in parallel with it. The programme includes financial reporting and analysis, accounting for specialised transactions, management accounting for planning and control, management accounting for decision making, and business taxation.

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 credits for the Advanced Certificate award, 9 of them are core units and 3 are option. In the Advanced Diploma award, the students are required to obtain minimum 30 credits, 19 are core units and 11 are options. A credit value is equivalent to 44 contact hours and 36 independent study hours.

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Certificate in Accounting and the SQA Advanced Diploma in Accounting are designed for people who wish to take up a career in accounting and/or financial administration, or who wish progress to further study. They are suitable for employees and for those who are not yet employed in the sector.

Duration and the entry requirements:

The course would normally be undertaken on a 2 year full-time basis. The academic year consists of 3 semesters. The entrance requirements:

  • Higher Education Certificate or other equivalent certificate.
  • Applicants have to take an English language placement test to determine if they will require a foundation programme before joining the diploma programme.

“This course is based on standard accounting practice and have up-to-date relevance and appeal for those seeking employment in the accounting sector”

Accreditation of prior learning

Applicants may be considered through the accreditation of prior learning, which may be certificated or experiential. The admissions and registration staff are responsible for determining the grounds on which accreditation is acceptable. All applications are subject to approval of the Ministry of Higher Education. Please check Accreditation of prior learning (APL) entry condition in new student entry requirement page

College Requirement Course

All the students are required to study a College requirement course “Entrepreneurship – Creativity and Innovation course” for 3 Credit Hours during the second year of their academic programme, apart from the programme requirements.

Careers

This award is aimed at those employed, or wishing to be employed in roles such as accounts assistant, trainee accountant and financial administrator. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting is a development of the Advanced Certificate qualification. As such it is intended to prepare candidates for employment in roles such as Assistant management Accountant.

Awarding Body

After the successful completion of the programme requirements, the students will be awarded with the certificates from the Scottish Qualification Authority

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Core modules

Recording Financial Information

Using Financial Accounting Software

Cost Accounting

Marketing: An Introduction

Recording Financial Information

Using Financial Accounting Software

Cost Accounting

Marketing: An Introduction

Preparing Final Accounts

Management Accounting Using Information Technology

Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication

Accounting: Graded Unit 1

IT in Business: Spreadsheets

Human Resource Management: Introduction

Creating a Culture of Customer Care

Research Skills

Financial Reporting and Analysis

Management Accounting for Decision Making

Management Accounting for Planning and Control

Business Taxation

Financial Reporting and Analysis

Management Accounting for Decision Making

Management Accounting for Planning and Control

Business Taxation

Accounting for Specialized Transactions

Accounting: Graded Unit 2

Economic Issues: An Introduction

Statistics for Business

Developing the Individual within a Team

Office Management

Accounting: Graded Unit 3

Academic Plan

year 1
year 2
Semester 1
  • Recording Financial Information
  • Using Financial Accounting Software
  • Cost Accounting
  • Marketing: An Introduction
Semester 4
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Management Accounting for Decision Making
  • Management Accounting for Planning and Control
Semester 2
  • Preparing Final Accounts
  • Management Accounting Using Information Technology
  • Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication
Semester 5
  • Business Taxation
  • Accounting for Specialized Transactions
  • Accounting: Graded Unit 2
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
Semester 3
  • Accounting: Graded Unit 1
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Human Resource Management: Introduction
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Research Skills
Semester 6
  • Statistics for Business
  • Developing the Individual within a Team
  • Office Management
  • Accounting: Graded Unit 3

Key Information

  • Degree type: Certificate/Diploma in Accounting
  • Total Subjects: 30 Modules
  • Duration: (2 Years)
  • Start date: September, December, and March
  • Class Schedule:
    - Full-time: morning, starting 8am (5 days a week)
    - Part-time: Afternoon, starting 2:30pm (5 days a week)