Management Accounting PDA

Course code 95N4

What is special about this course?

If you're seeking to enter the world of management accounting or advance your current accounting position, this professional development award in Management Accounting will give you the skills and confidence you need.

You will study cost accounting and management accounting using standard accounting software packages.

Special features

  • Achieve a nationally-recognised award relevant to the workplace
  • Progress to HNC, HND and degree-level study
  • Receive a high standard of support from your UHI campus
  • Study part time so you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

Entry requirements

  • Relevant work place experience or
  • Business related NC qualification or
  • Communication, numeracy and IT skills to SCQF level 5 or equivalent

Access routes

  • NC Accounting
  • NC Business

Year 1 - PDA

Two mandatory units with 32 SCQF credit points:

  • Cost accounting
  • Management accounting using information technology

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time distance (UHI Perth only)
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: 1 year

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • Perth
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on options and how to apply for other start dates please contact the campus you wish to study with.


The PDA is 32 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) credits.

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits)   £344 £344

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, or assessed as rest of UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits) £1,896 £1,896

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits) £2,128 £2340


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?

Former students have secured roles in management and business organisations.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the PDA Management Accounting, you may wish to consider other related PDAs or progression to the HNC Accounting.

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Apply for Management Accounting PDA

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

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