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Start a lucrative career in accountancy.

Learn the financial practices, techniques and tools accounting technicians and financial administrators need to know for a successful career in the public or private sector when you enrol in this 120-credit online Accounting Technician certificate programme. Modules in this Accounting Technician HNC programme are validated by Coventry University and are based on the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and the ICAEW Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business.

Master the industry’s most sought-after skills.

  • Learn to draft and interpret financial statements, monitor and control cash receipts and payments, manage cash balances, grant credit and more;
  • Understand how to calculate income, and how to prepare income tax and capital gains computations;
  • Master analytical tools and techniques such as costing, performance monitoring, and income and expenditure forecasts;
  • Learn to manage financial performance, including budgeting;
  • Understand the principles of taxation, and credit management and control;
  • Familiarise yourself with theories and models related to the use and improvement of accounting systems to improve government and compliance.

Upon successful completion of this online accountancy programme, you will receive an Accounting Technician HNC award and be qualified to undertake a wide range of accountancy and financial tasks. You can also top up by transferring these credits to programmes such as our online Accounting HND or Management and Professional Accounting BA.

Gain a competitive edge. Learn more now.

Request more information via the contact form on this page. You will then be put in contact with a Recruitment Advisor who will answer any questions you may have and assist you in the application process.

What will I learn?

  • Financial statements, internal control and systems;
  • Managing financial performance (include Budgeting);
  • Principles of Taxation (Personal and Business Tax), Credit Management and Control.

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Accounting context – a range of contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating, not only within business entities, including a critical understanding of market theories.
  • Language and practices – draft limited company financial statements, interpret limited company financial statements, monitor and control cash receipts and payments, manage cash balances, grant credit, monitor and control the collection of debts, calculate income from employment, calculate property and investment income, prepare income tax computations, prepare capital gains tax computations, theories and models related to the use and improvement of accounting systems and their interaction with accounting practice.
  • Preparation and recording – costing, monitor performance and make recommendations to enhance value, prepare forecasts of income and expenditure.
  • Analytical tools and techniques – costing, monitor performance and make recommendations to enhance value, prepare forecasts of income and expenditure, prepare draft budget proposals, monitor performance of responsibility centres against budgets. Also theories and models related to the use and improvement of accounting systems to improve efficiency.
  • Legislation and governance – elements from AAT Level 4: theories and models related to the use and improvement of accounting systems to improve governance and compliance.
  • Management and leadership in accounting – manage people within the accounting environment including, theories related to planning activities, competence reviews, monitoring performance, co-ordination of activities, effective communication.

How will this course be taught?

Online courses are designed to maximise the capabilities of today’s technologies in order to engage the full learning potential of each student. Tutors interact with you asynchronously (not in real time) using a robust virtual learning environment.

Module content incorporates online lectures, simulations, videos, audio, interactive animations, discussion boards, and in some cases, scheduled live classroom sessions. Through the web interface, you will be able to submit regular assignments and assessments, including homework, projects, tests and papers.

The convenient, flexible format allows you to study wherever there is access to the internet. The online classroom consists of a community of students, organised into small groups to form virtual classrooms. Expert tutors are available to answer questions about subject material, coordinate class discussions, assist with assignments, and provide personalised support.

How will I be assessed?

At Coventry University College there are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we’ll assess your learning through course work and phase tests.

You will be required to sit a phase test under examination conditions which will take place at an approved centre near to your location. You will be required to make yourself available on a specific date and time for the phase test, this is usually the final Friday of the study period, but the exact date and time will be confirmed to you as you start your module.

Tutors can provide support through regular updates and online tutorials.

Teaching contact hours

This online course offers flexibility to structure study around your personal and/or work commitments.

Though curriculum requirements must be completed within an established period, you determine the hours that are best for studying. Hours of study per week are individualised for every student, based upon their pace of study. Typically this would be 12 hours of weekly guided study, which consists of online materials such as assigned text reading, interactive discussions boards, video study and optional live classroom sessions. The remaining required hours would be self-guided and would consist of assignments, assessments and other project work.

Online module materials are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any location with internet access.

Entry requirements

All applicants will require:

  • 160 UCAS tariff points and 5 GCSE’s at A-C including Maths and English or equivalent.

International Students will additionally require:

  • English Language competence by completing a successful ‘Secure English Language Test’ or SELT. You can find a list of the Home Office’s approved SELT’s here.

Access students:
You need a pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade
A*–C, or specified equivalents.

If you do not fulfil the above entry criteria, you will be considered on an individual basis, taking into account your work experience, other qualifications and any training you have completed. Please contact our Recruitment Advisors for further information.

Fees and Funding

The fees for this online course are paid on a modular basis. For self-funding or sponsored students this would take place at the point of enrolment for each module.

If UK/EU students are accessing a Student Loan, this will be drawn down at the start of each module and paid by Student Finance England.

UK/EU students
For the academic year 2016/17 each six week module block will cost £1,461.50 for a UK/EU student.

International Students

For the academic year 2016/17 each six week module block will cost £2,121.75 for an international student.

Where a student is self-funded or sponsor-funded, fees must be paid online prior to the commencement of each block of study.

Funding
As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at Coventry University College from Student Finance England.

For more information regarding the fees and the funding options available call our Recruitment Advisors on freephone 08081 789636.

How to apply

Complete the contact form on this page or call our dedicated Recruitment Advisors at 08081789636 and they will assist you in making your application.

One of our Recruitment Advisors will advise you about the degree that best meets your requirements, assess your suitability and help you prepare your application.

We will work together to:
• Complete an online application form
• Provide documents (for example, identification, certificates, employers letters of support etc.)

Your application will then be passed to an academic team to be assessed, and a decision made.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to continue your studies to gain a HND or BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting within Coventry University College. This course will also provide you with a good range of skills that could improve your employability. Roles that you could apply for at this stage could be an accounting technician or trainee accountant, getting you on the first rung of your career ladder.

Coventry University College online is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The College provides a range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Professional body accreditation

Modules within the programme include units based on the AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and the ICAEW Certificate in Finance Accounting and Business, so you will have the opportunity to secure both the AAT Diploma and ICAEW Certificate.

This is however not a condition of academic credit as assessments for the professional qualifications will be independent from those undertaken for the academic award.

Should you decide to take the professional qualification with AAT, there is a student membership fee and assessment fee. Please see www.aat.org.uk for further details.