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10 August 2016

PWC: A practical certification in accounting and office administration - MQF Level 4

The overall course objectives
The course will provide learners with a general knowledge of skills and competences required to work in finance and office administration, thus improving on and enhancing the learners’ skill set as well as their future opportunities.
The course is designed to be practical and learners will gain skills that are necessary to fulfil their new roles whilst being in a position to liaise with and advise other colleagues and management.


The course type
The total course duration inclusive of assessment time is reported at 193 hours comprising 75 contact hours, 95 hours of self-study time, 19 hours of hands-on time  and 4 hours of assessment time. The course is described as a short course. This would generally mean that it can be followed by those who already are in employment (subject to the frequency and timing of the lectures) as well as those who may not presently be employed.

 
The target group and entry requirements:
The course is aimed at:
1)        Employed individuals such as receptionists, clerks and secretaries looking at increasing their existing skill set.
2)        Women returning to work.
3)        Early school leavers.

The entry requirements are limited to a good command of the English language and a general O-level standard of education.
Previous experience in an office or finance department is preferable, but not a pre-requisite.
 
The overall structure and modules:
The course has been divided into four sub-modules as follows:
Module 1: Accounting
Module 2: Business skills
Module 3: Fiscal related matters
Module 4: Business IT


Module 1 looks at basic accounting concepts and gives learners an understanding of how books of account are prepared and maintained on the basis of business documentation. This module considers the preparation of basic financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and supporting notes) and other adjustments relating to the general financial statement preparation process, as well as looking at banking, e-banking and internal control procedures.
 
Module 2 includes an introduction to a wide variety of general business skills that are useful in any business set-up. The stand-alone topics in this module cover various aspects of business that learners will be exposed to in the performance of their new roles, ensuring that they are aware of the fundamental concepts associated with each area discussed.

Module 3 considers direct and indirect taxes as well as payroll accounting and taxes. It also deals with the subjects of tax incentives, employment law and allows learners to get familiar with e-government websites.
Module 4 covers a number of software programmes that learners will encounter including accounting software and Office tools covering word processing, spreadsheet preparation, presentation tools and e-mail management.
 
The proposed competences that learners will achieve are considered as being in line with the course content.

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to carry out routine book keeping entries and to pass adjustments (manually or in accounting software) allowing them to close off the books of account and prepare basic financial statements. They will know what documentation to retain and will be able to monitor banking facilities and create internal controls. They will be familiar with a number of new business skills that will see them being familiar with EU funding procedures, health and safety issues and social media. Learners will also be able to carry out administrative tasks in connection with the company’s fiscal obligations and will be more familiar with Office applications which they can then use to communicate and make better presentations.

The teaching methods:
The teaching methods will include a variety of delivery methods including lessons, discussions, hands-on work, practical work and role playing. The core material will be delivered in a formal classroom/lecture set-up.

 

For More Information please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Academy: 78, Mill Street, Qormi QRM 3101 or by telephone on 21247000 or by email pwcacademymalta@mt.pwc.com

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