Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

Two days

Knowledge of financial accounting is fundamental for all business managers, and of increasing importance as you progress through your organisation.

Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Managers provides an introduction to the preparation of all the key financial statements and develops skills to be able to critically evaluate the results.

What is it?

Over the two days, the course will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare basic financial statements, supported by an insight into the current issues in this area. This will help to enable you to critically evaluate the results, and provides a sound foundation for further study of more advanced aspects.

The programme is facilitated by Cathy Myles (BA Hons, FCA, PGCertHE, FHEA), a Senior Teaching Fellow in Accounting and Finance at Leeds University Business School. Cathy is a Chartered Accountant having spent time in the banking sector before moving into professional practice. The majority of this time was with Ernst & Young both in Leeds and Sydney where she specialised in the retail industry within audit and assurance. Cathy then moved into teaching, joining Leeds University Business School in 2011.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for managers from all sectors who wish to develop their financial accounting understanding from a zero knowledge base to a solid understanding of the three basic financial statements of Income Statement, Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Cashflows.

What are the benefits?

By the end of this two day course delegates will be able to:

  • Prepare the financial statements that are included in a published set of accounts
  • Be able to critically assess the financial statements
  • Be able to critically assess the meaning of accounting terminology


Day 1
  • Introduction to basic financial statements
  • Preparation of accounts: Income Statement (IS) and Statement of Financial Position (SFP)
  • Valuation issues in accounting
Day 2
  • Introduction to the meaning and preparation of Statement of Cashflows (SCF)
  • Interpretation of accounts (IS, SFP and SCF)
Fees and funding

Full two-day programme

University of Leeds alumni

What is included
The cost of tuition, course materials, lunches and light refreshments 

The course will take place in the Innovation Centre at The University of Leeds Business School.

LEP Skills Service funding
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a service that provides skills support to small and medium-sized businesses. The LEP skills service helps businesses to identify their skills needs based on their business growth objectives and then find the right training solution. Small and medium-sized business based in the Leeds City Region that have a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000.

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Contact us

For further information please contact Martin Tudge, Core Services Manager, Executive Education


Tel: +44 (0)113 344 3915