2007-2008 Prospectus


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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

To contribute to the economic development, transparency, accountability and good governance in Malawi and the Southern Africa Region through the training and development of personnel in accounting, finance and related fields and to retain market leadership through excellence in training, education, consultancy and research at an affordable cost.



Reasons to study with MCA Contents MCA Blantyre campus Lilongwe campus

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11-37 Programmes offered 39 41 Fees Important dates 3

Eastern view - Blantyre campus


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


Entrance and reception area Blantyre campus


Blantyre campus


Iponga shopping mall

In Blantyre MCA is conveniently located at Ginnery Corner in Chichiri, between the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and the University of Malawi, Polytechnic It is within easy reach of most shopping centers and the Chichiri Stadium for sport 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

Chipembere Highway

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The College has a teaching staff complement of 32 lecturers which rank among the best in the region.



Front view - Lilongwe campus


Lilongwe Campus
A center which is growing very quickly to meet modern training needs of organisations and individuals  Location
Lilongwe campus is located behind capital hill and opposite Area 10 PTC It is easily reached by public transport AREA 18



This is a newly constructed campus which is still expanding. It now has 8 classrooms, a library and a computer lab

Lilongwe has 16 lecturers qualified in Accountancy, IT, Quantitative Techniques and Business Communications

Area 10

Lilongwe campus has a capacity of up to 800 students and it offers full time as well as part-time programmes but on a non residential basis



Part of the quadrangle - Lilongwe Campus


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 Accountants (CIMA) of Management

 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


A typical classroom session – Blantyre campus


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 study
1. Business

Target group A programme meant for beginners in the field of accountancy Entry requirements The entry qualification is a Junior Certificate of education (two years of study at secondary school) End result It gives good bookkeeping skills besides creating an employee who understands the work environment because of the support subjects. The programme can be used as a starting point in studying towards an accounting qualification Duration and mode of study Currently available on part-time study and duration is one semester (six months) Awarding body Examined by Public Accountants Examination Council of Malawi Registartion dates Registration for exams is January 31 and August 31

3. Financial

5. Practical

Mathematics and computing
7. Business



An environment for studying Lilongwe campus library


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

Subjects of study
TC1 - Accounting 1 TC2 - Business Communication TC3 - Business Mathematics and Statistics TC4 - Information Systems TC5 - Economics TC6 - Accounting 2 TC7 - Auditing TC8 - Business Law TC9 - Cost and Budgetary Control TC10 - Tax TC11 - Management TC12 - Company Law,

Reistration for exams January 31 and August 31 each year

The PAEC Accounting Technician This a diploma level qualification. The examining and awarding body is the Public Accountants Examination Council of Malawi. This qualification enables one to offere valuable support to professional Accountants, although in smaller organizations one can use it to run an Accounts Office Entry Requirements The entry qualifications are either a pass at MSCE (6 “O” levels) which includes English and Mathematics. Alternative entry qualification is the Certificate in Financial Accounting Progression The PAEC technician is a qualification in its own right besides being used as an entry qualification for most major Accountancy Bodies. ACCA and CIMA grant exemptions from their foundation stages. Mode of study MCA offers both fulltime and day release (part-time) courses on this programme The papers on the programme can be taken in any order except for Accounting 1, Communication and Accounting2. The latter can only be sat after passing TC1 and TC2.


In session - a typical class at Lilongwe campus


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


Mode of study

Entry Requirements

Registration for exams December 31 and August 15 each year
MCA offers computer based assessment for CAT level 1 and level 2 exams


A smaller group – tutorial at Lilongwe campus


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
PART 1 P1 Accounting Framework P2 Legal Framework P3 Management Information P4 Organisational Framework SKILLS MODULE 1 F4 Corporate & Business Law (CL) F5 Performance Management (PM) F6 Taxation (TX) SKILLS MODULE 2 F7 Financial Reporting (FR) F8 Audit & Assurance (AA) F9 Financial Management (FM) ESSENTIALS MODULE P1 Professional Accountancy (PA) P2 Corporate Reporting (CR) P3 Business Analysis (BA) OPTIONS MODULE Any two from the following: P4 Advance Financial Mngt (AFM) P5 Advance Performance Management (APM) P7 Advance Audit & Assurance (AAA) Enquire from MCA on Oxford Brookes University honors degree which you can obtain while studying for your ACCA Qualification ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the largest and fastest-growing international accounting body, with over 300,000 students and members in 160 countries. ACCA offers a number of qualifications including the following: The ACCA professional qualification This enables members to reach the highest level in accountancy Entry qualifications o At least 18 years of age & o 2 A-levels and 3 GCSE passes or their equivalent

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PAEC Accounting Technician or the CAT Other recognised degrees and diplomas
CAT or PAEC technician level a Diploma in financial management BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting

Check with ACCA for exemptions

Registration for exams December 31 and August 15 each year

Lecture – Lilongwe campus


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
– Interpretation of

Financial statements
– Performance

– Financial Strategy

The diploma is a post graduate qualification meant for non finance managers It is awarded by the ACCA and it is internationally recognized Holders can receive exemptions at MBA A non accounting degree Proven experience at management level Duration is one year MCA offers the programme on an evening basis to suit the modern manager December 31 and August 15 21

Entry Qualifications
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– Risk Management

Mode of study

Registration Dates

Eastern view - Blantyre campus


This is a prestigious qualification for strategic and financial and management - MCA will support you to attain this qualification
CIMA  A leading professional accountancy body which develops professional qualifications and makes the CIMA award  The qualification is applicable in industry, commerce, notfor profit and public sector organisations.  Areas of focus are Business, Information and Finance Strategies. Entry qualifications.
 To register you must have the equivalent of a minimum of two subjects at GCE Advanced level and three GCSE passes, two of which must be in Mathematics and English language.  Entry requirements differ across the globe, and exemptions from certain subjects are available to those applicants with relevant qualifications.  There is also a 'mature student entry' route – check with CIMA Mode of study Full time as well as part-time

Current Syllabus
Certificate Level
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Financial Accounting Fundamentals Management Accounting Fundamentals Economics for Business Business Law Business Mathematics Financial Accounting & Tax Principles Financial Analysis Management Accounting: Performance Evaluation Management Accounting: Decision Making Integrated Management Organisational Management & Information Systems Management Accounting Business Strategy Management Accounting Financial Strategy Management Accounting – Control & Risk Strategy Test of Professional Competence in Management Accounting

Management Level

Strategic Level
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Registration dates February and August MCA offers computer based exams for CIMA Certificate level. 23

Computer lab – Blantyre campus


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


Subjects of study
Diploma Part 1
D21 Information Systems Practice D22 Business Fundamentals D23 Communications & Business Technology

IMIS Diploma

 This programme is targeted at those who are interested in computers but would like to apply the knowledge and skills in the business world.  The programme is used as an entry qualification to the higher diploma

Diploma Part 2
D24 Programming & Web Applications D25 business Information Systems D26 Information Systems Building


Mode of study and duration

 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

Computer lab – Lilongwe campus


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 MCA
Higher Diploma Part 1 H33 Contemporary IS Development H34 Database Development H35 Project Management Higher Diploma Part 2 H31 Management Information Systems H32 Information Systems Strategy H36 Business IS Project

The higher diploma
 The award is by the Institute of Management Information Systems (IMIS). IMIS, now in the business for over forty years, is among the first and a leading Institute for users and managers as well as technicians of Information Systems. The main aim of IMIS is to promote the Profession of IS Management through setting and maintaining high standards of qualification and practice The higher diploma is a key factor to achieving the aim IMIS Diploma


All subjects are required Check with MCA for registration dates

Entry requirements Mode of study
Course available on parttime only at the moment and duration is 12 months 27

Computer training – Blantyre campus


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.

Current Syllabus
Insurance Foundation (IF) Certificate IF1: Insurance, the market, legal and regulatory background IF2: General (non-life) Certificate of Insurance Practice Compulsory Foundation Module: P01 - Insurance Practice P02 - Long-term Insurance Practice P03 - Legal aspects of insurance P04 - Modern Business Practice Branch Module-optional (Check with CII) Associate ship Enquire from MCA

The CII The CII is one of the largest and most influential professional and educational organisations in the global insurance and financial services industries today. The qualification it offers is internationally recopgnised. Entry Qualification  The IFC is open to anyone working in the insurance industry irrespective of age, educational background or experience.  For the Certificate of Insurance Practice (CIP) the entry qualification is Successful completion of the IFC  No formal educational qualification required for those aged 21 and above.  Other routes are also available (check with the CII) Mode of study Part-time Check with MCA for registration dates 29

Library - Lilongwe Campus


“ ..with every subject during…I found that something at work was relevant…I was able to apply my knowledge directly at work..”
 Subjects
Certificate (All four subjects) Introduction to Business Introduction to Business Communication Introduction to Accounting Introduction to Quantitative Methods Diploma Part 1(All four subjects) Organisational Behaviour Financial Accounting Economic Principles & their Application to Business Quantitative Methods for Business & Management Diploma Part 2 (Three compulsory subjects) Human Resource Management Marketing Policy, Planning & Communication Management in Action Plus two of the following options Systems Analysis and Design Managerial Accounting Principles of Business Law Advanced Diploma (Three compulsory subjects) Corporate Strategy and Planning Managing in Organisations International Business Case Study Plus two from the following options Strategic Marketing Management Strategic HRM for Business Organisation Corporate Finance Managing the Information Resource

The ABE The Association of Business Executives (ABE) is recognised as an awarding body and regulated by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) of UK. The Business Management programme is accredited by the QCA and approved by the Management Skills Council (MSC) Uk. Entry Qualification Certificate Level - A school certificate Diploma Level - 2 years work experience Mode of study Full time and weekend Duration 2 years 6 months Progression Holders of the Advanced Diploma are able to proceed to university or into employment. ABE has agreements with several universities for direct entry onto the final year of honours degree or with required work experience, onto masters level degrees. Registration dates January and June each year


Computer session - Lilongwe


In use - Lilongwe campus library


Hostels - Blantyre Campus


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

ACCOUNTING and FINANCE • Maintaining financial records & cashiering • Finance for non-finance managers • Basic auditing skills for internal auditors INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
• • • • • • Computerised accounting – sage line 50 accounting Advanced secretarial computer skills Introduction to computers Networking computers Pastel partner v5.2i Project planning monitoring and evaluation Office administration and supervisory skills Modern customer care and public relations Effective selling and marketing skills International procurement procedures Credit control and management

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Being an expert in Accounting and Finance MCA offers the most comprehensive short term programmes meant to revitalise staff Many offer information technology and information management programmes including accounting packages, MCA does so in the correct context of Accounting and Finance MCA can tailor programmes to an organisations needs Duration one to two weeks



Blantyre Cafeteria and Lilongwe campus


……. value for money is what counts……– try MCA
Certificate in Financial Accounting Technician

11,000.00 13,000.00 13,000.00 N/A 30,000.00 35,000.00 45,000.00 45,000.00 25,000.00 N/A N/A N?A 52,000.00 11,000.00 13,000.00 15,000.00 15,500.00 18,500.00 N/A 11,000.00 11,000.00 18,000.00 26,000.00 30,000.00 N/A N/A N/A 35,000.00 18,000.00 28,000.00 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 8,000.00 9,000.00 9,000.00 14,000.00 20,000.00 25,000.00 40,000.00 40,000.00 N/A N/A 14,000.00 20,000.00 N/A 8,000.00 10,200.00 13,000.00 N/A N/A


Technician Foundation Skills Module 1 Skills Module 2 Essentials Module Options Module Oxford Brookes Degree (Mentoring) Diploma in Financial Management (Evening) Certificate Level Managerial Level Strategic Level Certificate Diploma Advanced Diploma Diploma Higher Diploma





Diploma N/A 50,000.00 N/A ___________________________________________________________________________________ BOARDING FEES (ACCOMMODATION ONLY) LIBRARY FEES 65,000.00 1,500.00



A typical reprographic room


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


The Principal The Deputy Principal II P. O. Box 30644 P. O. Box 30363 Blantyre 3 Lilongwe 3 Malawi Malawi


Classroom and administration blocks - Blantyre campus


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