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MALAWI

COLLEGE OF
ACCOUNTANCY

2007-2008
Prospectus

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Reasons to study with MCA

Experience
Professionalism
Stability
Service
facilities
care

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The prospectus
This prospectus is designed to provide you the reader with
detailed information of each qualification. It contains
information you require to enrol and study with MCA

OUR MISSSION CONTENTS


STATEMENT

To contribute to the economic


development, transparency, 2 Reasons to study with
accountability and good MCA
governance in Malawi and the
Southern Africa Region 3 Contents
through the training and
development of personnel in
accounting, finance and 5 MCA
related fields and to retain
market leadership through 7 Blantyre campus
excellence in training,
education, consultancy and
9 Lilongwe campus
research at an affordable cost.

11-37 Programmes offered

39 Fees

41 Important dates

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Eastern view - Blantyre campus

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MCA
Professions depend on qualifications - they provide
instantly recognisable standards of ability,
achievement and commitment. -CII

What is MCA ?

MCA is a professional training institution in the field of Accounting and


Finance, One among few which has maintained education standards

MCA is a statutory body (Government owned organization) mandated to


train personnel in Accounting ,

MCA was established in 1980 by Government order under the education


Act 1980. However the first classes were held in 1979. The College now
has 24 years experience.

Over the years the College has progressed from a fully Government funded
institution to one that is self sustaining.

Currently MCA operates from two campuses. One is in Blantyre and the
other in Lilongwe.

Total enrolment on various programmes in both campuses is now at


3000.

MCA enrolls students in January and July – Registration dates reflected on


each programme relate to registration with the examining bodies

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Entrance and reception area -
Blantyre campus

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Blantyre campus

Location Iponga shopping mall


In Blantyre MCA is
conveniently located at
Ginnery Corner in
Chichiri, between the
Queen Elizabeth Central Chipembere Highway
Hospital and the
University of Malawi,
Polytechnic
It is within easy reach of
most shopping centers
Health
and the Chichiri Stadium
for sport Sciences
Facilities Polytechnic
The College has 14
classrooms, A computer
lab and a lecture theater
For accommodation there is
a 120 bed hostel and a
fully fledged cafeteria
Lecturers
The College has a
teaching staff MCA, BT
complement of 32
lecturers which rank
among the best in
the region.

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Front view - Lilongwe campus

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Lilongwe Campus
A center which is growing very quickly to meet modern
training needs of organisations and individuals

 Location
Lilongwe campus is located AREA 18
behind capital hill and
opposite Area 10 PTC
It is easily reached by public
Lilongwe Mzuzu
transport
 Facilities
This is a newly constructed
campus which is still
expanding. It now has 8
classrooms, a library and a
computer lab Area
 Lecturers 10
Lilongwe has 16 lecturers PTC
qualified in Accountancy, IT,
Quantitative Techniques and
Business Communications
 Capacity
Lilongwe campus has a capacity
of up to 800 students and it
offers full time as well as
part-time programmes but
MCA, LL
on a non residential basis

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Part of the quadrangle - Lilongwe Campus

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Summary of programmes offered
MCA offers a wide range of programmes to suit varying needs,
The following shows you the range of programmes offered

 Accounting and Finance


• Certificate in Financial Accounting (CFA)
• ACCA Accounting Technician Diploma
• PAEC Accounting Technician Diploma
• Diploma in Financial Management (ACCA)
• The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
(ACCA)
• The Chartered Institute of Management
Accountants (CIMA)
 Business Administration
• Association of Business Executives (ABE)
• Chartered Institute of Insurance

 Information Technology
• Institute of Management information Systems
(IMIS) higher Diploma
 Short courses and Consultancies

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A typical classroom session –
Blantyre campus

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Certificate in Financial Accounting
Are you looking for a starting point in the field of Accountancy or have
you been working at the book-keepers level without training?
CFA could be a good starting point

Subjects of Target group


A programme meant for beginners in
study the field of accountancy

Entry requirements
1. Business The entry qualification is a Junior
communication Certificate of education (two
years of study at secondary
school)

3. Financial End result


It gives good bookkeeping skills besides
Accounting creating an employee who
understands the work
environment because of the
support subjects. The programme
5. Practical can be used as a starting point in
studying towards an accounting
Mathematics and qualification

computing Duration and mode of study


Currently available on part-time study
and duration is one semester (six
months)
7. Business Awarding body
Knowledge Examined by Public Accountants
Examination Council of Malawi

Registartion dates
Registration for exams is January 31
and August 31

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An environment for studying -
Lilongwe campus library

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PAEC Accounting Technician
Awarded by a local exam syndicate to address Malawian needs
while embodying international standards

The PAEC Accounting Technician


Subjects of study This a diploma level qualification.
The examining and awarding body
is the Public Accountants
Examination Council of Malawi.
TC1 - Accounting 1 This qualification enables one to
TC2 - Business Communication offere valuable support to
professional Accountants, although
TC3 - Business Mathematics and in smaller organizations one can
Statistics use it to run an Accounts Office
TC4 - Information Systems Entry Requirements
The entry qualifications are either a
TC5 - Economics pass at MSCE (6 “O” levels) which
TC6 - Accounting 2 includes English and Mathematics.
Alternative entry qualification is
TC7 - Auditing the Certificate in Financial
TC8 - Business Law Accounting
Progression
TC9 - Cost and Budgetary
The PAEC technician is a
Control qualification in its own right
TC10 - Tax besides being used as an entry
qualification for most major
TC11 - Management Accountancy Bodies. ACCA and
TC12 - Company Law, CIMA grant exemptions from their
foundation stages.
Mode of study
MCA offers both fulltime and day release
(part-time) courses on this
programme
Reistration for exams The papers on the programme can be
taken in any order except for
January 31 and August Accounting 1, Communication and
31 each year Accounting2. The latter can only
be sat after passing TC1 and TC2.

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In session - a typical class at
Lilongwe campus

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The Certified Accounting Technician
(CAT)
A vocational accountancy qualification awarded by the ACCA.
It provides essential practical accounting and business skills

Subjects on Current scheme CAT


 Level 1 This is an Accounting technician
(Diploma) level qualification which is
- Paper 1 (INT) – Recording examined and awarded by the
Financial Transactions Association of Chartered Certified
- Paper 2 – Information for Accountants. A CAT qualification
Management Control enables one to provide support to
 Level 2 professional Accountants, although in
smaller organizations one can use it to
- Paper 3 (INT) – run the Accounts Office
Maintaining Financial
Records Progression
- Paper 4 – Accounting for CAT is a qualification in its own right.
Costs However one can use it as entry into
most major Accountancy Bodies like
 Level 3 the ACCA, CIMA. ACCA and CIMA
- Paper 5 – Managing People grant exemptions from their
and Systems foundation stages.
- Paper 6 (INT) – Drafting Mode of study
Financial Statements MCA offers both fulltime and day
- Paper 7–Planning, Control release (part-time) courses on this
& Performance programme
Management Entry Requirements
- Paper 8 (INT) – There are no formal entry requirements
Implementing Audit provided the applicant is aged 16 or
Procedures above. There must however be
- Paper 10 – Managing documentary evidence of age
Finances Registration for exams
December 31 and August 15
each year
MCA offers computer based
assessment for CAT level 1 and
level 2 exams
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A smaller group – tutorial at
Lilongwe campus

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The ACCA Professional
Qualification
“…The ACCA qualification encourages people to think
strategically and look positively at the future..”
- Jan van Schalkwyk, RSA
Syllabus for the Professional
qualification ACCA (the Association of Chartered
PART 1 Certified Accountants) is the
largest and fastest-growing
P1 Accounting Framework international accounting body, with
P2 Legal Framework over 300,000 students and members
P3 Management Information in 160 countries.
P4 Organisational Framework ACCA offers a number of
SKILLS MODULE 1 qualifications including the
following:
F4 Corporate & Business Law (CL)
The ACCA professional qualification
F5 Performance Management (PM)
This enables members to reach
F6 Taxation (TX)
the highest level in accountancy
SKILLS MODULE 2
Entry qualifications
F7 Financial Reporting (FR) o At least 18 years of age &
F8 Audit & Assurance (AA) o 2 A-levels and 3 GCSE
F9 Financial Management (FM) passes or their equivalent
ESSENTIALS MODULE
Alternate
P1 Professional Accountancy (PA) o PAEC Accounting
P2 Corporate Reporting (CR) Technician or the CAT
P3 Business Analysis (BA) o Other recognised degrees
OPTIONS MODULE and diplomas
Any two from the following: o CAT or PAEC technician level
P4 Advance Financial Mngt (AFM) o a Diploma in financial
management
P5 Advance Performance o BSc (Hons) in Applied
Management (APM) Accounting
P7 Advance Audit & Assurance Check with ACCA for exemptions
(AAA)
Registration for exams
Enquire from MCA on Oxford Brookes December 31 and August
University honors degree which you 15 each year
can obtain while studying for your
ACCA Qualification 19
Lecture – Lilongwe campus

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The ACCA Diploma in Financial
Management
Are you a manager, a consultant, or advisor, who is qualified or
experienced in your own field which is different from
Accounting and Finance but you are having to make profound
financial decisions, budget or deal with financial personnel-here
is a tool for you
 The diploma
Subjects of study – The diploma is a post
graduate qualification
– Interpretation of meant for non finance
managers
Financial – It is awarded by the
statements ACCA and it is
internationally
recognized
– Holders can receive
– Performance exemptions at MBA
Management  Entry Qualifications
– A non accounting
degree
– Proven experience at
– Financial Strategy management level
 Duration
– Duration is one year
– Risk Management
 Mode of study
– MCA offers the
programme on an
evening basis to suit the
modern manager
 Registration Dates
– December 31 and
August 15
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Eastern view - Blantyre campus

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CIMA
This is a prestigious qualification for strategic and financial
and management - MCA will support you to attain this
qualification
CIMA
Current Syllabus  A leading professional
Certificate Level accountancy body which
– Financial Accounting develops professional
Fundamentals qualifications and makes the
– Management Accounting CIMA award
Fundamentals  The qualification is applicable
– Economics for Business in industry, commerce, not-
– Business Law for profit and public sector
– Business Mathematics organisations.
Management Level  Areas of focus are Business,
– Financial Accounting & Tax Information and Finance
Principles Strategies.
– Financial Analysis Entry qualifications.
– Management Accounting:  To register you must have the
Performance Evaluation equivalent of a minimum of two
– Management Accounting: subjects at GCE Advanced level
Decision Making and three GCSE passes, two of
– Integrated Management which must be in Mathematics and
English language.
– Organisational
Management & Information  Entry requirements differ across
Systems the globe, and exemptions from
certain subjects are available to
Strategic Level those applicants with relevant
– Management Accounting - qualifications.
Business Strategy  There is also a 'mature student
– Management Accounting - entry' route – check with CIMA
Financial Strategy Mode of study
– Management Accounting – Full time as well as part-time
Control & Risk Strategy Registration dates
– Test of Professional
Competence in February and August
Management Accounting MCA offers computer based exams
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Computer lab – Blantyre campus

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IMIS Diploma
“In the 21st Century, competitive advantage will go, not to those
who have and use the latest technology, but to those who use and

manage it most effectively ”- IMIS


Subjects of study IMIS Diploma
Diploma Part 1  This programme is
D21 Information Systems targeted at those who are
Practice interested in computers
D22 Business Fundamentals but would like to apply
D23 Communications & the knowledge and skills
Business Technology in the business world.
Progression
Diploma Part 2  The programme is used as
D24 Programming & Web an entry qualification to
Applications the higher diploma
D25 business Information
Systems Mode of study and
D26 Information Systems duration
Building  The programme is
available on part-time
basis and takes a total of
two semesters (12
months)
Entry requirements
 MSCE or an equivalent
of 6 “o” levels

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Computer lab – Lilongwe campus

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IMIS Higher Diploma
“Information Technology now plays a vital role in most aspects of our
business and personal lives. As a result, IT professionals have levels of
access to data, and influence over the commercial success of our
enterprises, undreamed of in the 1960's” - IMIS.

Subjects as offered by The higher diploma


MCA  The award is by the Institute
of Management Information
Systems (IMIS).
Higher Diploma Part 1
H33 Contemporary IS Development
IMIS
 IMIS, now in the business for
H34 Database Development
over forty years, is among the
H35 Project Management first and a leading Institute
for users and managers as
Higher Diploma Part 2 well as technicians of
H31 Management Information Information Systems.
Systems  The main aim of IMIS is to
H32 Information Systems Strategy promote the Profession of IS
Management through setting
H36 Business IS Project and maintaining high
standards of qualification
and practice
All subjects are required  The higher diploma is a key
factor to achieving the aim
Check with MCA for registration Entry requirements
dates IMIS Diploma
Mode of study
Course available on parttime only
at the moment and duration
is 12 months

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Computer training – Blantyre
campus

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The Chartered Institute of Insurance
The insurance and finance markets are becoming increasingly
competitive and continually expanding: success will depend on
appropriately qualified personnel – improve your qualifications with
MCA.
The CII
Current Syllabus The CII is one of the largest
and most influential
Insurance Foundation professional and educational
(IF) Certificate organisations in the global
insurance and financial
IF1: Insurance, the services industries today. The
qualification it offers is
market, legal and internationally recopgnised.
regulatory
Entry Qualification
background
 The IFC is open to anyone
IF2: General (non-life) working in the insurance
Certificate of Insurance industry irrespective of age,
Practice educational background or
Compulsory Foundation experience.
Module:  For the Certificate of
P01 - Insurance Practice Insurance Practice (CIP) the
entry qualification is
P02 - Long-term Successful completion of the
Insurance Practice IFC
P03 - Legal aspects of  No formal educational
insurance qualification required for
those aged 21 and above.
P04 - Modern Business  Other routes are also available
Practice (check with the CII)
Branch Module-optional Mode of study
(Check with CII) Part-time
Associate ship Check with MCA for registration
Enquire from MCA dates
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Library - Lilongwe Campus

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ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS
EXECUTIVES (ABE – UK)
– BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
“ ..with every subject during…I found that something at work was
relevant…I was able to apply my knowledge directly at work..”

 Subjects The ABE


Certificate (All four subjects) The Association of Business
- Introduction to Business Executives (ABE) is recognised as
- Introduction to Business an awarding body and regulated
Communication by the Qualifications and
- Introduction to Accounting Curriculum Authority (QCA) of
- Introduction to Quantitative UK. The Business Management
Methods programme is accredited by the
Diploma Part 1(All four subjects) QCA and approved by the
- Organisational Behaviour Management Skills Council
- Financial Accounting (MSC) Uk.
- Economic Principles & their Entry Qualification
Application to Business
- Quantitative Methods for Business Certificate Level - A school
& Management certificate
Diploma Part 2 (Three compulsory Diploma Level - 2 years work
subjects) experience
- Human Resource Management
Mode of study
- Marketing Policy, Planning &
Communication Full time and weekend
- Management in Action Duration
Plus two of the following options 2 years 6 months
- Systems Analysis and Design
Progression
- Managerial Accounting
- Principles of Business Law Holders of the Advanced Diploma
Advanced Diploma (Three compulsory are able to proceed to university or
subjects) into employment. ABE has
- Corporate Strategy and Planning agreements with several
- Managing in Organisations universities for direct entry onto
- International Business Case Study the final year of honours degree or
Plus two from the following options
with required work experience,
onto masters level degrees.
- Strategic Marketing Management
- Strategic HRM for Business
Organisation Registration dates January and June
- Corporate Finance each year
- Managing the Information Resource

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Computer session - Lilongwe

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In use - Lilongwe campus library

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Hostels - Blantyre Campus

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Short Courses and Consultancies
…Continuing education and consulting experts in any field
is a success factor…

 MAJOR AREAS and EXAMPLES 


COURSES
Being an expert in
Accounting and Finance
– ACCOUNTING and FINANCE MCA offers the most
• Maintaining financial
records & cashiering comprehensive short term
• Finance for non-finance programmes meant to
managers
• Basic auditing skills for revitalise staff
internal auditors
– INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  Many offer information
• Computerised accounting –
sage line 50 accounting
technology and
• Advanced secretarial information management
computer skills
• Introduction to computers programmes including


Networking computers
Pastel partner v5.2i
accounting packages, MCA
• Project planning monitoring does so in the correct
and evaluation
– MANAGEMENT context of Accounting and
• Office administration and
supervisory skills
Finance
• Modern customer care and
public relations  MCA can tailor
• Effective selling and
marketing skills programmes to an
• International procurement
procedures
• Credit control and
organisations needs
management
– SPECIALISED CONSULTANCES  Duration
IN ACOUNTING SYSTEMS,
MANAGENEMENT one to two weeks
INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

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Blantyre Cafeteria and Lilongwe
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Fees
……. value for money is what counts……– try MCA
MODE OF ATTENDANCE
DAY
EXAMINING BODY & COURSE FULL TIME RELEASE WEEKEND
 PAEC
Certificate in Financial Accounting 11,000.00 N/A 8,000.00
Technician 13,000.00 11,000.00 9,000.00

 ACCA
Technician 13,000.00 11,000.00 9,000.00
Foundation N/A 18,000.00 14,000.00
Skills Module 1 30,000.00 26,000.00 20,000.00
Skills Module 2 35,000.00 30,000.00 25,000.00
Essentials Module 45,000.00 N/A 40,000.00
Options Module 45,000.00 N/A 40,000.00
Oxford Brookes Degree (Mentoring) 25,000.00 N/A N/A
Diploma in Financial Management (Evening) N/A 35,000.00 N/A

 CIMA
Certificate Level N/A 18,000.00 14,000.00
Managerial Level N?A 28,000.00 20,000.00
Strategic Level 52,000.00 N/A N/A

 ABE
Certificate 11,000.00 N/A 8,000.00
Diploma 13,000.00 N/A 10,200.00
Advanced Diploma 15,000.00 N/A 13,000.00

 IMIS
Diploma 15,500.00 N/A N/A
Higher Diploma 18,500.00 N/A N/A

 IIA
Diploma N/A 50,000.00 N/A
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BOARDING FEES (ACCOMMODATION ONLY) 65,000.00

LIBRARY FEES 1,500.00

 PLEASE NOTE: FEES DO NOT INCLUDE REGISTRATION AND EXAMINATION FEES.


THESE SHOULD BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THEEXAMINING BODIES. BOOKS ARE ALSO
SOLD SEPARATELY. FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

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Important dates
..make an effort towards success..- register on time

 MCA receives applications in the following months


– November and December
• for the January to June Semester
– May – June
• for the July to December semester

 Continuing students will be given forms internally

 More details can be obtained from MCA or the relevant


examining bodies

 Contact us:
BLANTYRE LILONGWE
The Principal The Deputy Principal II
P. O. Box 30644 P. O. Box 30363
Blantyre 3 Lilongwe 3
Malawi Malawi
mcabt@globemw.net mcall@globemw.net
www.mcamw.com

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Classroom and administration
blocks - Blantyre campus

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