Business Administration Skills with Accounting Specialization


In the Business Administration Skills with Accounting Specialization program students will specialize in manual accounting, computerized accounting, payroll, and computer technology. Students will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to manage an office or create and manage their own small business.

The specific aims of the program are to:
  • Communicate and use the knowledge of computer hardware and software programs.
  • Work efficiently in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email, Sage 50 Accounting,  QuickBooks, Taxation and Payroll.
  • Develop the skills to create powerful presentations with graphs, tables, and embedded graphics.
  • Understand the accounting concepts by doing the books manually.
  • Develop the administrative skills needed to work in today’s workforce.
  • Develop interpersonal communications and office skills.
  • Set up books for small businesses and complete the accounting cycle.
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Perform accounting duties such as:
  • Analyzing & journaling.
  • Preparing financial statements.
  • Completing accounting cycle.
  • Month-end and year end preparations & adjustments.
  • Banking & reconciliations.
  • Handling accounts receivable/payable duties.
  • Inventory control duties.
  • Payroll duties.
  • Handling bad debt.
  • Month-end duties.
  • Year-end procedures.
  • Keeping records.
  • Back up & restoration of files.

Did You Know?

Business and administrative skills are present in almost every office position you hold.


  • Students returning to school.
  • Students pursuing higher education.
  • Adult learners.
  • Working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects.
  • People who wish to start their own business.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this program will be qualified to pursue self-employment, or find employment in a variety of accounting and office positions such as:  Accounting Assistant, Bookkeeper, Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Practitioners, Office Assistant, Office Manager, Supervisor, and Administrative Assistant.

Admissions Requirement

Minimum Grade 12 or Equivalent Canadian qualification. If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an overall IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (in case of other testing standards) to be admitted into the program. If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of overall IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies. Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.


Offered at both Kelowna and Surrey campus.


Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other finance opportunities are available for qualified candidates. 


11 months.


  • On campus delivery.
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program.
  • Approximately 3-4 hours/week of self-study is required from students to be successful in this program.
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher.

Following supplies are required:

  • IBM compatible computer with a minimum of 8 Gigabyte hard drive, 1 Gig Ram
  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016
  • Sage 50 Accounting Software
  • QuickBooks Software

Advanced Business Diploma

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This course includes training in computer technology, navigating in Windows environment, computer terminology, customizing desktop, using accessories, windows explorer, and file management. Adequate emaphasis is given to the practice and use of intenet, browsers, search engines, net meeting or seminars, discussion groups or forums, use of white boards, synchronous and asynchronous conversations, and electronic mail. 

This course teaches in depth how to create different kinds of business documents using a variety of core and intermediate skills such as letters, memos, forms, newsletters and reports. Students will develop the ability to work with graphics, illustrations, tables, references, columns, building blocks, merging & more. 

Microsoft Excel teaches how to work with spreadsheets using a variety of core and intermediate features to create and edit professional-looking spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and situations. It covers many popular scientific & math formulas, “IF” functions, charts & illustrations, pivot tables, pictures & shapes, headers & footers, multiple worksheets, and themes. 

This Microsoft PowerPoint course covers basic and advanced topics needed to create and manage powerful and effective presentations. Topics include: design principles, charts & tables, slide masters, animations, multimedia elements, and delivery of presentations. 

Students learn the basics of database management using Access. The course covers creating databases through tables and forms. Other topics covered are creating queries, reports, advanced queries, and forms using controls, sharing and exporting data.

Microsoft Outlook as apersonal information management program teaches how to communicate using email, how to set appointments, and keep track of contacts. It also includes features such as calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.

This course is designed to review basic grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics of writing. It is filled with insights into improving one’s written business communications. Students will be required to complete a variety of business documents including letters, memos, minutes and reports. Students will discover what it takes to make every written word and document.

This course covers basic arithmetic operations and business math problems.  Students will learn to perform basic mathematical operations and those used in business, including calculation of interest, discounts, mark-ups and inventory calculations.

This course covers basic skills needed to work in today’s office including handling mail, front-line reception, arranging meetings and conferences, making travel arrangements, along with time management and coordination of multiple tasks. Students learn skills in file management, ergonomics and office management.

This course introduces students to the meaning of organizational behavior, Individual differences and their relevance to work (Perception, Personality and Values, Learning, Reinforcement & Self-Management, Engagement of Employees in the workplace). 

Managing the Organization (Changing Worlds and the Design of Work, Organizational Structure & Design, Organizational Culture) 

People, Processes and Performance (Groups and Teams, Leadership, Power, Politics and Decision Making in Organizations, Communication, Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations and Organizational Change).

This course is designed to develop keyboarding skills, focusing on speed and accuracy. Students type using Mavis typing tutor program to gain speed and reduce mistakes. 40 wpm is required to complete the program. 


College Accounting coves a solid coverage of accounting concepts and principles. It establishes a foundation of accounting procedures within the traditional framework of a proprietorship accounting cycle, then builds on the framework as it examines additional methods of accounting for asset, liability and equity accounts. It also focuses on payroll procedures, tax responsibilities, special journals, banking procedures, financial statements, GST/HST payment, bad debts and completing the accounting cycle for a merchandising company. 

Sage50 software will be used to complete the accounting cycle using all modules (General, Payable, Receivable, Inventory, Payroll and Project Costing). Students will learn to analyze, journalize, and post the daily financial transactions using Sage. They will be able to produce the financial statements, do the month-end and year-end procedures.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned accounting basics, introduction to QuickBooks, setting up chart of accounts, creating items, entering transactions for incoming funds, entering transactions for outgoing funds, maintaining financial information and working with reports. Students will complete an accounting cycle using QuickBooks, preform adjustments, month-end & year-end procedures for small businesses.  

This course is designed to educate the students with the basic rules and procedures for calculating payroll and payroll deductions. The course is focusing on both manual and computerized payroll calculations. 

This course is designed to teach students  the basics of taxation and promote financial literacy. It introduces students to Canada’s tax system and teaches them about the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers, and how to prepare a simple income tax and benefit return. 

In this course students focus on ethics in an accounting profession. Instruction covers the code of ethics and integrity standards in accounting organizations. An awareness and importance of adhering to the ethics is further developed.

Students are challenged with real life situations in accounting to complete full cycle of accounting either using QuickBooks or Sage 50.

This course gives an overview of skills required for self-employment. Instruction covers registration of a business in Canada, forms of business, components of a business plan, market research & marketing techniques, writing proposals and expressions of interest, marketing tools, and mission statements. This course further gives an overview of skills required for self-employment,  instruction covers orientation of job skills, training required in the new millennium, job interview skills, resume writing, cover letters, and references.

Final project is an overview and demonstration of all the skills students have learned in the program. They have to complete the project giving evidence and illustrations of the skills and tools they have learned. In addition they have to give details about the project and how they benefited from it.

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