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.
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.
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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