Course Outline:

Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) are for adults who have few or no formal qualifications and who have been out of full-time education for at least three years (five years if you have Highers or an Higher National qualification. This course provides mature students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to enter Accounting and Finance. Many of our students progress from this course right up to Degree-Level study at the college, in partnership with University of the West of Scotland. Part-qualified and newly qualified Accountants are Scotland’s most sought-after employees, according to research from Hays in 2020. The average salary for an accountant in Scotland is £37,500. This course will get you started on a career in Finance or Accounting.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

Degree or HNC/D in Accounting or other discipline such as HNC Law

SWAP has partnership programmes with the following universities:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the West of Scotland

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • Relevant work experience
  • Acceptance may depend on an interview.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

Career Progression:

This course will prepare you for administrative/technical employment in an accounting environment or related occupational area, and the business sector. Staff with accounting skills are vital to the industrial, commercial and public sectors.

Other Information:

The NPA in Accounting was specifically developed to meet the underpinning knowledge component of the Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy. Learners who complete this course may wish to progress to a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting.

Who is the Course For?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting a career in accountancy. It will suit adult returners or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

What Will I Study?

You’ll learn basics of accountancy with a view to progressing to further study or work in the sector. You’ll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How Will I Be Assessed?

SQA secure assessments.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

There’s a demand for accountants and staff with experience of finance and bookkeeping in many different sectors. This course introduces you to the fundamentals for a career in this sector and future professional qualification. You can study here up to degree-level under our arrangement with the University of the West of Scotland. You’ll be taught by industry experts who are qualified chartered accountants. You’ll gain experience through work placement, visits to local accounting firms, and hearing guest speakers. We encourage you to apply early as places fill quickly.

What are The Interview Arrangements?

Group presentation, skills test and individual interview.