Business with Accounting
Full-time, one year
Good business and IT skills are needed in every type of industry and for all sizes of business - from small local firms to large multinationals, or public sector organisations such as the NHS and local councils. Our business courses give you the right skills and knowledge to prepare you for a wide range of exciting careers - they’re relevant, practical and bang up to date with what businesses are looking for from new employees.
If you’ve got aspirations for a career in business or accounting, then this course is a great place to start.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real interest in working in business or accounting
- Four National 5s, ideally including English or Maths OR a relevant NQ qualification at Level 5
- An interview with us
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
This course will give you a good grounding in a wide variety of skills and knowledge relating to modern day business to prepare you for further study or starting your career. Topics you’ll cover include marketing, economics, HR, IT and accounting.
You’ll begin by looking at large business organisations, including those operating globally. You’ll explore different business sectors, business objectives and what impacts on business success.
You’ll look at what’s involved in the successful management of marketing and operations, including market research, the marketing mix, quality control and production methods.
You’ll learn how to manage people and finance effectively, and develop your IT skills and knowledge.
You’ll also explore Scots Law, including the difference between criminal and civil law, and how the courts system operates.
On the accounting side, you’ll look at basic book keeping and learn to use commercial software for accounting purposes, such as creating records for income and expenses, or producing management reports.
You’ll learn the basics of management accounting, such as controlling costs and preparing budgets. You’ll also look at financial accounting and producing financial statements, including profit and loss accounts.
You’ll develop skills to handle wages and salaries, including calculating tax and national insurance deductions, and preparing payroll records.
Finally, you’ll have the chance to:
- Visit a Sheriff Court as part of your studies in Scots Law.
- Meet local business employers who’ll give you their top tips for successful interviews, tell you the skills they look for when recruiting new employees and explain what it’s really like starting up a new business.
- Take part in enterprising activities, such as raising funds for charity and good causes.
In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a Level 7 course such as HNC Business, HNC Accounting or HNC Administration and IT.
- Moving onto a course at university, via our articulation arrangements.