The HNC Accounting is a general accounting award that allows candidates to gain skills and knowledge in book-keeping, financial accounting and management accounting using manual and computerised techniques.

The primary aim of the HNC is to provide learners with a range of competencies to meet the requirements and demands of the Accounting Industry.

The award gives learners scope to develop and progress in a variety of ways within organisations of all types and sizes and to progress to further academic and professional qualifications either prior to taking up an accounting position or in parallel with it.




Attendance for full-time course: 2 - 2.5 days per week.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

Two Highers at C or above in appropriate academic subjects or equivalent
Successful completion of Advanced Business Administration & IT course and a satisfactory internal reference
Successful completion of Higher Business Management & IT course and a satisfactory internal reference.

Entry may still be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

The HNC includes several accounting specific topics and additional business-related ones. These topics will include areas such as: Recording Financial Information, Preparing Financial Statements, Management Accounting, Income Tax, Computer Based Accounting, Preparing Final Accounts, Business Law, Marketing, IT in Business: Spreadsheets, Communication (Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication) and Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness.

Learners will also be trained in the use of industry standard SAGE software including SAGE Accounts and SAGE Payroll. One Accounting graded unit exam is also included in the programme. The HNC Accounting qualification provides partial exemptions to two accounting professional bodies: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year and include an end of year exam.


Successful completion of the full HNC Accounting course will allow direct entry into HND Accounting.

Entry to thefirst or second year at university maybe granted depending on which university and the course concerned. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) continue to provide articulation to their professional qualifications and exemptions from certain examinations.

Career Prospects

This award is aimed at those wishing to gain employment or those who are currently employed, in roles such as accounts assistant, a trainee accountant, finance assistant, book-keeper or financial administrator.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

This exciting course offers students the opportunity to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).