Accounting SCQF Level 7

The ideal course for those pursuing a career in accounting and/or financial administration.


Why take this course?

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and understanding needed to work in industry or public sector accounting. Course work will involve essays, reports, presentations, case studies and practical projects which will allow you to develop the skills needed to succeed.

The part-time HNC Accounting course is comprised of 12 credits. Each year you will study 6 HN credits. This course is offered as a taught part-time evening course, running two evenings per week, over 2 years.

What you will experience

You will complete coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies and practical accounting projects. The units are sequenced to ensure that you progress quickly and where possible, units are integrated. This reduces the number of assessments undertaken. Please note that units are assessed on a continuous basis, but there is no external end-of-course examination.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those who have Higher qualifications (or equivalent), successful completion of a relevant non-advanced College course or those with relevant work experience.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy will be considered as equivalent of two Highers for entry to this course – no further Higher qualifications will be required. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

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Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that opportunities exist to undertake this course on a Day Release basis by infilling into existing groups at both our Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh Campuses. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for further information.

Next steps


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Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.