Accounting A-level

If you enjoy working with numbers and have an eye for detail, and a fantastic memory, 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, 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?

Students will spend 55% of their time calculating and problem-solving with numbers. 45% of the time will be spent on essay-writing.

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.

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 an excellent memorising skills.

Students should also be aware that a significant proportion of their in class time and final result will be dependent on their ability to write extended 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 usually has several accounting workplacements each year.

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Which other subjects does this go well with?

Maths, economics, business, financial studies, geography, biology, physics

Is it similar to maths?

Not really, there are basic mathematical procedures and logic. However, being enthusiastic about solving numerical problems is essential. There is also an extended written component.