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Finance Award

The Finance Award training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

Our Finance Award will equip you with great skills in a condensed time-scale. A ‘mini-diploma’ in its own right, you will learn computerised accounts as well as manual book-keeping.

Course Duration: 80 hours

CPD Points: 80


Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 1

You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Sage 50 Accounts

Sage is one of the UK’s most popular and in-demand business accounting packages. You’ll need a good knowledge of manual book-keeping to take this course.

Topics covered include: an overview of the Sage program; entering opening balances, preparing and printing a trial balance, setting up opening assets, liabilities and capital balances, entering budgets, producing routine reports; checking data, entering supplier invoices, posting error corrections, amending records; invoicing, generating customer letters, entering new products, checking communication history; banking and payments, producing statements, petty cash, payroll reconciliation; audit trails, correcting basic entry errors, reconciling debtors and creditors; creating sales credit notes, processing purchase credit notes, adjusting stock records, plus checking and reconciling the VAT return, producing profit & loss and balance sheet for management accounts, checking budget figures versus actuals, carrying out the year end procedure.

Microsoft Excel*

You don’t need any prior experience of Excel but you will need to be familiar with the Windows environment and have some basic keyboard experience. This Excel course comprises several lessons, which provide a detailed but manageable study programme, so you can be confident about your new skills in the workplace. Just some of the areas covered include creating worksheets, formatting text, simple and complex formulas; handling rows and columns, autocomplete, using styles, headers and footers, average, max and min functions and using charts.

*Depending on skill level it may be possible to study the Expert course as an alternative core course.

Whether you’re looking to gain some book-keeping abilities for your own use or want to work in a company’s accounts department or for a small business, this fast-track book-keeping programme requires an aptitude for figures and attention to detail. Like all our training, it’s also highly practical, containing work-based scenarios and examples.

So if you have aptitude and desire to work with figures, on completion of the Award, you can be confident that you’ve covered the essentials of book-keeping for a first role, plus for those of you already working, it will provide a more fully rounded skills set with which to open new opportunities with your existing employer.

By the end of this course you will have gained knowledge and understanding of manual book-keeping, the Sage Accounts programme and Microsoft Excel.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland


For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:




A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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