Accountancy A-Level at Treviglas Community College
Present a balanced, up-to-date and accessible course, offer financial accounting and management accounting at both AS and A2, emphasise assessment of candidates’ computational skills.
If you’re focused on further study or a career in accounting, banking or business, this course is a great choice. But even if you plan on becoming a professional musician or technical wizard, it’s good to know about accounting. That way you’ll be able to control your own finances and understand the implications of business propositions.
This specification encourages candidates to develop:
an understanding of the importance of effective accounting information systems and an awareness of their limitations, an understanding of the purposes, principles, concepts and techniques of accounting, the transferable skills of numeracy, communication, ICT, application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation in an accounting context, an appreciation of the effects of economic, legal, ethical, social, environmental and technological influences on accounting decisions and a capacity for methodical and critical thought.
Accountancy at Treviglas has an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’ and students play a full and active role in sessions, for example they may deliver a session starter or plan an activity for the group. The students enjoy a fun, supportive environment which fosters a positive learning disposition amongst the group.
Candidates consider how financial accounting helps in the measuring, monitoring and planning of successful business operations. They study business ownership, control, profitability, performance and budgeting:
- Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting, Unit 2: Financial and Management Accounting.
At A2 Candidates develop their understanding of financial accounting techniques for business without a complete accounting system,partnerships and for limited companies.
Candidates study in greater depth how accounting techniques aid business management and decision-making. They look at costing, capital investment, budgeting and sources of finance as well as considering social accounting issues:
- Unit 3: Further Aspects of Financial Accounting, Unit 4: Further Aspects of Management Accounting.
Students require a minimum grade B for GCSE Maths and English.
In the first year you’ll sit two papers: one for each study module during the year. Each paper lasts 90 minutes and carries 50% of your marks for the year. The second year is similar. Again you’ll have two papers to sit: one for each study module during the year. Each paper lasts two hours and carries 50% of your marks for the year.
Several previous students have progressed to securing training contracts with firms in Cornwall such as Winter Rule LLP in Truro. Winter Rule LLP (Cornwall’s largest independent accountancy firm) merged with Francis Clark LLP on 1 August 2011. They are happy to offer a number of one week work experience placements each year as well as arranging individual or group visits to the office.
Business visits are a feature of the course and the students enjoy support from Whitakers , the local Accounting firm in Newquay and St Columb. In February each year the students take part in the national BASE competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), which is now in its third year and gives students a chance to come up with business ideas as aspiring chartered accountants. The competition links schools, students and employers together and students present their ideas to a panel of business professionals. The winners each receive £500 towards their education.
Even the best business ideas get nowhere without sound financial management. So whether you want to work for big business, be the next Richard Branson or have your own small business, a knowledge of financial management is vital. This 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 effectively analyse and evaluate financial data so that you can make judgements, decisions and recommendations about how businesses can manage their finances.
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. The current average pay for a Chartered Accountant in Banking and Finance is £106,700 in the UK (source ICAEW) with 31% of Accountants under the age of 35. Your financial acumen can 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. Perhaps 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.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.