Accounting and finance 

Why should I study accounting and finance? 

Accountants are required in every industry. Business owners and investors rely on their knowledge and skills for analysing results and forecasting. 

According to research from Hays in 2020, part-qualified and newly qualified accountants are Scotland’s most sought-after employees. The average salary for an accountant in Scotland is £37,500, with those working in accounting and finance often progressing to much higher salaries after experience. 

Within your role you would make sure the business you work for keeps track of all its money, pays its bills and is paid by its customers.  Tasks would include preparing regular financial statements and accounts, such as profit and loss accounts, monitoring spending, analysing costs and budgets, analysing the company’s financial performance and forecasting.

What jobs might it lead to? 

You can get jobs such as accounts assistant, trainee accountant, finance assistant, book-keeper, financial administrator, investment analyst, investment banker or financial adviser.  

Our accountancy courses are recognised by professional accounting bodies such as the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).  

How are the courses taught? 

You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.  

We take students out to different organisations and settings. Previous students have visited local and national accountancy firms. 

Many of our accountancy students complete a placement to allow them to build their skills and experience. This has included work placements in South Lanarkshire Council and in local accountancy firms 

What courses does the college offer? 

We offer a range of accountancy courses from level 5 to degree level, in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. All our courses prepare you for employment in industry or for further training or qualifications.  

Liz Newlands - HNC Accounts

"I really enjoyed the course at South Lanarkshire College, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Accounts."

Liz Newlands - Accounts HNC

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