Book-keeping PDA

Course 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 be provided with access to SAGE Accounting and SAGE Payroll in order to take part in the course
  • 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
  • Recording financial transactions
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Payroll

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time
  • This course will be continually assessed
  • Students at Inverness will study this course face-to-face
  • For information on how you will study this course, please contact the campus at which you wish to study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 36 weeks

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness - September start only
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • 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 for 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 for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This PDA Book-keeping will prepare you for employment within the accounting and business services sector. You may wish to pursue positions such as:

  • Accounting assistant
  • Financial administrator
  • Payroll clerk  

Can I progress into further study?

Upon completion of this course, you may progress onto our HNC Accounting.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Book-keeping PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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.