This challenging course is for students who enjoy mental maths, figures and problem solving. It suits learners who can work accurately with a methodical, numerical and logical mind. You also need to be able to analyse business information and to communicate your conclusions in writing to interested parties.
I chose to study A-level Accounting at St Brendan’s as I’m very interested in the subject. As part of the course you learn about lots of different topics like reporting the financial details of a business by creating financial statements, and using ratios by using the gross profit margin. It also links to a range of subjects such as Business. You gain key skills such as critical and analytical thinking, independent learning and being accurate when creating the financial statements.
Accounting was the perfect subject to do at St Brendan’s. The teachers are supportive and can help maximise your ability to reach your target grades. After St Brendan's, I either want to go to university to study Accounting and Finance or do a Degree Apprenticeship for an Accounting firm.
First Year study
In the first year of the course, you will concentrate on mastering book-keeping and learning how to check your accounts. You will also learn how to prepare financial statements for different types of businesses and will use financial information to help with planning and analysing performance.
Second Year study
In the second year of the course, your knowledge of book-keeping will be extended for use in businesses where records of transactions are incomplete. You will also learn about published accounts and various uses and techniques of management accounting. You will focus on the interpretation, analysis and communication of financial information, and the impact of ethical considerations.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Accounting is a practical course and lessons will be spent practising how to record information in the books of accounts and how to produce financial statements. Students will also be using financial information to analyse business situations using complex calculations.
Method of Assessment
The course is wholly exam-based and there is no coursework. Exams will be taken at the end of the two year course.
The subject involves learning how to keep books of accounts so students learn how to complete financial documents in workbooks and hand-outs, which form the basis of most lessons. Other resources such as articles are included in the notes.
Enrichment/Links with employers
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a competition run by a major financial organisation and will also be encouraged to apply for accounting schemes during their second year. There will be talks from accounting firms and ex-students now working in accounting who will come back to share their experiences.
A-level Accounting courses provide a sound basis for students wishing to go into Higher Education. Our accounting students often choose accounting and finance degrees, but the subject can also be very helpful in the study of business and management or related subjects, which frequently contain financial modules. Some accountancy degrees will provide exemptions from professional exams.
Apprenticeships in accounting are another increasingly popular option, with students studying AAT qualifications whilst working in accounting or beginning the full professional accounting qualifications such as ACA, ACCA and CIMA from the beginning.