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Students will spend 75% of their time calculating and problem-solving with numbers. 25% of the time will be spent on essay-writing.

Students are assessed by 2 examinations (3 hours each) at the end of the 2nd year.  There are formal mock exams in February of the 2nd year.

The course will give you an understanding of double entry techniques, which book-keepers use, and an underpinning knowledge for starting your own business.  It will also give you exemption from some modules of the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), which is a popular accountancy qualification with employers, also available at Cirencester College.

To become a Chartered and Certified Accountant, you will be required to undertake further qualifications, such as a degree and further professional qualifications. From the 2016 A2 Accounting students 70% went onto higher education to study a L4 course in Accounting/Finance/Business (Source: Destinations Analysis 15/16) and Accounting is studied within most business and economics programmes at University.

Resource packs, approximately £10 per year, which are mandatory. A calculator is also a course necessity.

Students are expected to gain a grade 6 at GCSE Maths.  This is in addition to the college’s general entry requirements.

Students should also be aware that, like other mathematical subjects, learning formulae and layouts is an integral part of the course, which demands that students should have an excellent memorising skills.

In the last couple of years we have had employability skills seminars from employers, professional chartered bodies, and universities. Along with accounting alumni discussing their career paths and progression. 

Key Facts

Offered As

ASA Level

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Awarding Body

FAQs

Maths, economics, business, financial studies.

Not really, there are basic mathematical procedures and logic. However, a liking for numbers is a necessity.

Progression and Career Opportunities

The Accountancy Profession contributes £52 billion to UK GDP and 599,000 people were employed in accounting roles during 2016. Every organisation, business, charity needs someone who understands the numbers! The employment sector is large. Starting salaries vary between £18,000 and £30,000.

Career Opportunities:

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Company Secretary
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist
  • Management Banker

Higher Education 44%

Employment/apprenticeships 56%

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