Accounts A-Level at Priestley College
There is continuing demand from employers of all sizes for staff who have accounting knowledge. Not just as accountants but as managers. Accounting is not just about number crunching but also making effective decisions on the basis of the information available. Taking decisions is the most valuable business skill and the reason why so many accountants are at the top. If you are interested in a career in management and accounting then AS accounts provides you with the key principles in financial decision-making.
The AS course covers the basic principles of accounting and book-keeping. You will be able to produce accounts that show the profit made by business organisations and interpret the data. In A2 you will also learn to use management accounting techniques to make management decisions and develop your first year skills to produce company accounts.
You must enjoy solving problems and learning new skills. You do not need to be fantastic at maths but you do need a grade C/5 or above at GCSE and an average GCSE score at least 5.5. Many leading accounting firms insist on applicants having GCSE English and Maths at grade B or equivalent.
You will study two modules on the AS course (year 1). A one-hour exam called Accounting Principles a two-hour exam in Accounting Applications both taken in May. In the A2 you will study a further two modules – Management Accounting two-hour exam and Company Accounts 90-minute exam – both examined in June.
Traditionally students have progressed to studying accounting or business at university and then secured a training place with an employer. Recently there has been a trend for major firms to recruit students with suitable A-Levels directly to trainee accountant programmes. These combine work experience and on-the-job training with regular tuition at specialist colleges. Many offer the opportunity to additionally acquire a degree as well as an accountancy qualification. Recent students have progressed to accounting careers with all of the big accounting firms and local employers.
Accounting students can attend various trips including a visit to Parliament. You also have talks by professional accounting bodies like CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW. Here you meet accountants and ﬁnd out about different careers. The College has excellent links with major employers who conduct presentations on campus. Accountancy students also take part in the ICAEW accounting challenge in Liverpool. The College also has close links with BPP in Manchester and students have the opportunity in the second year to study and take one AAT module with BPP.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.