Financial Accounting PDA

What is special about this course?

These 'mini' HE Accounting awards are made up of four HN units which can either be completed as stand-alone awards, or can be built on and lead to full HNC awards. PDAs are nationally-recognised qualifications, which can help to enhance the career prospects of candidates. Attendance is required at college classes on a part-time basis.

Special features

  • This course will develop technical and administrative knowledge relevant to current financial accounting practice
  • You will gain knowledge of  manual book-keeping skills and be prepared for employment in a financial accounting role
  • You will develop skills using commercially produced financial accounting software
  • You will gain experience in preparing final accounts for a range of business organisations

Entry requirements

  • Some previous accounts knowledge required
  • Please contact your local college for more information

Access routes

  • NC Business

Year 1 - PDA

  • Preparing final accounts
  • Recording financial information
  • Using financial accounting software

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. Some theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • Part-time attendance
  • Part-time distance (Perth College UHI)
  • Please contact the campus where you wish to study for more details on study options
  • Attendance at some tutorials may be required at some colleges and you may be part of a full-time class
  • All subjects are internally assessed on an ongoing basis. At some colleges, students are expected to make regular use of the college’s library facilities for research and study
  • For more information, contact your local college

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Variable start dates for distance learning at Perth College UHI (contact the college for more information)


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the PDA Financial Accounting, you may consider an accounting or business role.

Former students have secured roles in management and business organisations.

Can I progress into further study?

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Financial Accounting PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.