NPA in Accountancy at SCQF level 6

NPA in Accountancy at SCQF level 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Accountancy at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to fundamental knowledge and skills relating to the study of accountancy, and allows for progression to other accounting-related programmes in both the further and higher education sectors, as well as providing progression to or within employment.

This NPA develops knowledge and skills in locating, preparing, recording, interpreting and analysing routine and complex accounting information. It provides learners with an understanding of accounting standards and practices, and of the ethical responsibilities of an accountant.

The NPA was specifically developed to meet the knowledge component of the SCQF level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Accountancy.

The qualification is available through schools and colleges — usually via a school-college partnership.

Why study this qualification

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • employees who want to develop their careers
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • employers who wish their employees to take part in short continuing professional development courses
  • individuals who are undertaking the Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is recommended for learners entering the SCQF level 6 award to have completed some training at level 5.

Employment and progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • SCQF/QCF level 7 to level 8
  • an HNC/HND in Accounting or related areas
  • a PDA in Financial Accounting or Management Accounting
  • employment in the accounting sector, perhaps as an accountant

Qualification structure

Group Award code: GN7J 46 (30 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Accountancy at SCQF level 6 consists of 5 mandatory units (24 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 6 and six SCQF credit points at SCQF level 5).

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GN7J 46 (30 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Accountancy at SCQF level 6 consists of 5 mandatory units (24 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 6 and six SCQF credit points at SCQF level 5).

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Apprenticeship

This NPA is a mandatory component in the SCQF level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Accountancy.

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title SCQF 6
Work Placement Unit HF88 46

How to assess

Assessment will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. See the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

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