Recording Financial Information SCQF Level 7

Learn how to record financial information safely and securely.


Why take this course?

This is a mandatory Unit within the PDA Financial Accounting and PDA Book Keeping, as well as the HNC/HND Accounting course. It may also be part of other HN group awards as an optional Unit, or taken as a stand alone HN Unit. It is primarily intended for those who expect to take up a career or further study in accounting and/or financial administration, but is also very relevant to those with appropriate work experience who wish to formalise their book-keeping skills. 

Upon course completion you should be able to effectively record and manage financial information with enhanced manual book-keeping skills. 

For further information on this course, please visit the SQA website.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will gain a good understanding of how to record financial information, using a double entry book-keeping system, up to trial balance. The unit will also enable candidates to complete a VAT return and incorporate control mechanisms into the book-keeping system. The course will teach you to:

  • Record financial transactions in books of original entry 
  • Record financial transactions in a double entry book-keeping system and extract a trial balance 
  • Complete a VAT Return 
  • Incorporate control mechanisms into a book-keeping system
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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be competent in numeracy and communication at SCQF Level 5 or have similar qualifications or experience.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

What you need to know

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 fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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