Accounting HNC

UCAS code 104N

What is special about this course?

The HNC Accounting covers a wide range of accounting concepts and provides you with an excellent grounding in the principles of financial and management accounting using manual and computerised approaches.

It is designed to prepare you for a career in accounting or financial administration.

Special features

  • You will study a range of subjects such as economics, law, statistics and communications
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above OR
  • Alternatively, NC Business OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in: Accountancy; Business Skills; or Financial Services
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

NC Business

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Graded Unit 1: Accounting 
  • Management accounting using IT
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Recording financial information
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Cost accounting

Optional units may include:

  • Business Communication
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Law: An Introduction
  • Payroll
  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Company Law: An Introduction
  • Personal Enterprise Skills
  • Statistics for Business
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Business Accounting
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Project Management

Please note that option units available vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time distance learning (available at Perth College UHI)
  • Part-time attendance (unstructured)

If you wish to apply for the distance learning option at Perth College UHI, please include this in your personal statement when completing our online application form.

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom. 

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - applications for this location are now closed
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI - September, plus January and other start dates available for distance learning
  • Shetland College UHI

Please note: Full-time applications to Perth College UHI, for 2019 entry, are now closed. However, part-time distance-learning applications are still being accepted. If you wish to study full-time please consider one of our other campuses listed above.

Start date

  • September
  • January and variable for distance learning at Perth College UHI, contact the college for more details



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment with local organisations as accounting assistants.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Accounting and from there to the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Accounting HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.