UCLan has been selected as the first University in the UK to pilot the Sage course as part of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) certification.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been selected as the first University in the UK to pilot the Sage course as part of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) certification.
The Sage – CIMA qualification is the only higher education certification, at level 4 and 5, that Sage offers and UCLan students are proud to be the first ones in the country to undertake it.
The course gives undergraduates a certified level of work experience which will maximise their employability set of skills, evidenced by the dual-badged Sage - CIMA certificate.
A group of second and third year students across various accounting courses have already completed the learning part of the course and are preparing to take the final step – the test.
Third year student Kathryn Gardner said: “It is very exciting to be one of the first students in the country to test the Sage course which will give us a real advantage in the competitive graduate market.”
UCLan Accounting and Accounting Systems lecturer Neil Sutcliffe commented: "It greatly speeds up the students' understanding and comprehension of the double-entry system, how accounts work and are formulated. This is because the course is visual and the learners can see the double-entry system in action as they process information.
“The course is interactive and interesting - it engages students and they enjoy doing it."
After receiving students’ feedback and test results, Sage and CIMA will hold a meeting to look into making further improvements for the course.