Book-keeping PDA

UCAS code 93N4

What is special about this course?

This professional development award delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a career in book-keeping or working in an accounting or financial administration role. The PDA courses are quick and cost effective to deliver, so are ideal for developing the skills of young people, graduates, and other adult learners. They are also ideal for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so employers can enhance the skills of their employees.

Special features

  • This course will allow you to develop technical and administrative knowledge relevant to book-keeping and financial accounting practice
  • You will acquire manual book-keeping abilities using commercially-produced financial accounting software (SAGE Accounting and SAGE Payroll) to record accounting transactions, prepare accounting reports and process payroll
  • You will need access to SAGE Accounting and SAGE Payroll in order to take part in the course - this can be purchased at your own cost or, alternatively, is available via the PCs at your local campus
  • You will also develop skills in basic payroll procedures using manual and computerised systems

Entry requirements

  • Generally, entry is open to any applicant who can demonstrate, by formal qualification or experience, a reasonable expectation of successfully completing the award. It would be beneficial for students to be competent in Communication, Numeracy and IT skills to SCQF level 5
  • Please contact your local campus for more information on entry requirements

Year 1 - PDA

  • Recording financial information OR Recording financial transactions
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Payroll

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time attendance (unstructured)
  • Part-time distance
  • Most colleges deliver this course by blended learning, allowing the student the flexibility of college attendance and home study to fit around work and life commitments
  • You will need access to SAGE Accounting and SAGE Payroll in order to take part in the course - this can be purchased at your own cost or, alternatively, is available via the PCs at your local campus
  • This course will be continually assessed
  • For information on how you will study this course, please contact the college at which you wish to study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 36 weeks

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - September start only
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI - Fort William

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • April (Perth College UHI only): please contact the college for more information on how to apply for this start date
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus you wish to study with


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The PDA in Book-keeping will prepare candidates for employment within the accounting and business services sector. The types of positions which may be taken up by candidates include: Accounting Assistants, Financial Administrators and Payroll Clerks.  

Can I progress into further study?


Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Book-keeping PDA

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. 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.