At AS, students take two units: ‘Introduction to Financial Accounting’ and ‘Financial and Management Accounting’. In unit one the study topics include: key accounting records such as ledgers, balance sheets and income statements. Unit two study topics include: accounting for sole traders and limited companies, accounting concepts, budgetary control and the impact of technology on accounting. Year two (A2), builds on AS learning with a more in-depth study of financial and management accounting. In both years this course will help students to develop a number of skills: organisation and assessment of data, investigation and analysis, effective communication, team working, working on own initiative, methodical and critical thinking.
The accounting course equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all types of business organisations. It will enable you to analyse and evaluate financial data effectively so that you are able to make informed judgements, decisions and recommendations abouhow businesses manage their financial affairs. Students who take Accounting often take Business, Economics and Mathematics. The subject also supports other studies, particularly Arts and Sciences.
Students who are successful at AS level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the Alevel qualification. Accounting A level is a gateway to a range of rewarding careers. Students who take this course can go on to university to study Business or Finance or Accounting and then train to become qualified accountants, working for accountancy practices or within private or public sector organisations. Students may also progress into an Accounting career via a modern apprenticeship. Accounting is useful to a very wide range of careers which require control, monitoring and production of figures as part of a management function. With your financial acumen and accounting skills you could end up working in just about any area that interests you.