If you enjoy working with numbers, don't mind writing extended essays and have an eye for detail accounting is a great career choice. A dynamic and interesting subject, accounting enables you to problem solve with numbers, interpret numerical data, produce financial reports and make informed business decisions. We will be investigating how finance and financial reporting differs for a variety of businesses, and how management accounting techniques, such as costing and forecasting, can help businesses make decisions about the future.

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A Level

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How will I learn?

There is no doubt that numeracy is inherent in this subject, and students will be solving complex mathematical problems using advanced skills such as algebra, formulae and logic. However, students should also be aware that one of the most important skills required needed to be an accountant is that of written communication.  67% of the final qualification marks are obtained from writing extended essays, which involve analysing case studies, evaluating a situation, and making justified recommendations. 

How will I be assessed?

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, with regular timed assessments at the end of each topic. 

Are there any extra costs?

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

Are there any specific entry requirements?

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 excellent memorising skills.

There is also a significant proportion of extended writing expected, and students will be comfortable writing essays.

What enrichment activities are offered?

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

What work experience opportunities are there?

The college Job Shop regularly has accounting or finance-related work placements. These are excellent opportunities to learn more about the accounting environment and to practice the skills you learn in class. 

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Which other subjects does this go well with?

Maths, Economics, Computer Science, Business, Financial Studies, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Electronics

Is it similar to maths?

Not really, there are basic mathematical procedures and logic. However, being enthusiastic about solving numerical problems is essential. You should also be aware that there is an large element of extended essay writing that is necessary.