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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course is for students who have achieved the HNC in accounting (level 7) and is designed to increase competence in financial and management accounting.

This course will be delivered on campus.



  • What the course includes

    The course covers all aspects of accounting practice, and includes opportunities for work placements and volunteering. You will learn more about management and financial accounting, business taxation, skills in researching, evaluating and interpreting financial data, awareness and application of current accounting standards and legislation, providing information for decision-making and control.

Why choose this course

You will gain work experience through work placement and/or volunteering and progress towards degree-level study. This will improve your prospects for work and promotion. Experienced lecturers with a wide range of industry experience will support and guide you throughout the course.

You will also have the opportunity to gain exemptions from accredited qualifications needed to be a practicing accountant, such as CIMA, ACCA and AAT.

As an accountancy student at West Lothian College you will benefit from our strong links with local employers and organisations.

Our previous students have benefited by hearing from industry professionals with a wealth of knowledge of the sector and have the opportunity to take part in sessions with professional accountancy bodies including CIMA/ACCA/AAT).

Entry requirements

  • 15-unit HNC in accounting and a grade A pass in a Graded Unit
  • Internal candidates studying HNC accounting must complete all course units and gain a A pass in a Graded Unit 

Successful completion of the HND in accounting requires 30 units (15 from HNC accounting and 15 from HND accounting) so other qualifications or work experience are not relevant.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

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    Where it leads

    Education: entry to university degree at second or third year or progression with advanced standing to qualifications from professional accounting bodies including ACCA and CIMA. 

    We also have an articulation agreement with Heriot-Watt University, which will allow progression to 3rd year Accountancy and Law after successful completion of the course. 

    Employment: posts such as accounts technician, assistant accountant and accounts supervisor.

Interview arrangements

There are no interview arrangements for this course due to entry criteria being progression from HNC Accounting.

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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