Accounting AS/A Level
Accounting is the language of business and is needed now more than ever before. The subject is broad and can open the doors to a range of career opportunities in a variety of sectors.
As well as possessing excellent numeracy and problem solving skills, today’s accountants need to be skilled communicators as their primary role is evaluating and advising on how businesses can best meet their objectives.
An A Level in Accounting is challenging, requires commitment and an analytical approach and is suited to those with an interest in modern business.
How long is the course?
Both the AS and A2 Levels take one year each.
How will I be assessed?
This course is assessed solely by examination with both exams scheduled for May/June.
What will I study?
In the first year (AS) you’ll have two study modules: ‘Introduction to financial accounting’ and ‘Financial and management accounting’. In the first module you’ll learn about key accounting records like ledgers, balance sheets and profit & loss accounts. Your second module includes accounting for sole traders and for limited companies, final accounts, budgetary controls and the impact of technology on accounting.
Year two (A2) builds on that firm foundation with two more study modules, which are a more in-depth study of financial accounting and management accounting. In financial accounting you’ll investigate sources of finance, partnership and limited company accounts, plus accounting standards. Then in management accounting you’ll move on to manufacturing accounts, costing, capital investments, budgeting and social accounting.
Throughout both years of the course you will develop a number of skills including organisation and assessment of data, investigation and analysis, effective communication, team working to achieve results, working on your own initiative and critical thinking.
What else can I do?
Students who take accounting often also take Business Studies and Mathematics. Accounting can also support other forms study or alternative qualifications.
What does the course lead to?
Many students who take accounting go on to university and become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or within an organisation. With a few years’ experience, some accountants then decide to start their own practice.
Your financial acumen can also support a wide number of other careers. For example, you could work in local government if you like politics or for a phone company if you like communications technology. If you’d like to work in general management, banking, retail or leisure - money is the common denominator. With accounting skills you could end up working in just about any area you choose.
What can I go on to study?
The full advanced GCE A Level provides an excellent foundation for further study of accounting at pre-professional and professional levels, with the opportunity of gaining a career as a full chartered or certified accountant.
Many students who choose to study A Level Accounting go on to university and become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or within the financial service organisations. With a few years of experience some decide to become self-employed and start their own practice.
Other related courses at the college
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A-C are required for entry, which must include grade B in Mathematics. GCSEs are the appropriate qualifications to prepare students for A Level study; alternative qualifications may not provide relevant preparation so you are advised to discuss your options with the teaching team for clarification.
The table below shows you when course starts. You may be charged a fee for your course depending on your age and circumstances.
How do I apply?
You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.
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