This challenging course is for anyone who enjoys mental maths, figures and problem solving. It suits learners who can work accurately with organised, numerical and logical minds. You also need to be able to analyse business information and to communicate your conclusions in writing.
First Year study
In the first year of the course, you will concentrate on mastering book-keeping and learning how to check accounts. You will also learn how to prepare financial statements for various 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.
Summary of Benefits
- An understanding of the importance of effective accounting systems and an awareness of their limitations.
- An understanding of the purposes, principles, concepts and techniques of accounting
- The transferable skills of numeracy, communication, application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation in an accounting context.
- A capacity for methodical and critical thought.
Meet the Accounting Teachers and Students
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Accounting is a practical course and lessons will focus on practising how to record financial information in the books of accounts and how to produce financial statements.
You 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; you will learn how to complete financial documents in workbooks and hand-outs which form the basis of most lessons. Other resources including articles are included in the notes.
Enrichment/Links with employers
You 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 your second year. There will be talks from accounting firms and ex-students now working in accounting will come back to share their experiences.
Students are required to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above including GCSE English. Mathematics at grade 6 or above is necessary to join this course and, due to the emphasis on written work in the new specification, a grade 5 in English is preferable but not compulsory.
The A Level Accounting course provides a sound basis for students wishing to go into Higher Education. 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 degrees will provide exemptions from professional accounting exams on graduation.
Apprenticeships in accounting are another increasingly popular option, with students often studying AAT qualifications or beginning the study of professional accounting qualifications such as ACA, ACCA and CIMA whilst working in junior accounting roles.