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Accounting A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

Why study accounting? The world of finance and investment banking attracts many students. Household names such as J P Morgan, Merrill Lynch, CSFB and Morgan Stanley are synonymous with exciting assignments and glamorous lifestyles. Meanwhile, financial scandals such as Enron and Global Crossing have placed accounting at the top of the business agenda. Careers in accounting and finance are associated with very high salaries. A National Institute study identified Accounting as the most lucrative of all degree courses in terms of graduates’ lifetime earning capacity (The Times 28th July 2005). Many accountants move into senior management positions in large firms. The Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in many of the UK’s leading companies are qualified accountants. All Finance Directors (the step down from the CEO in the corporate hierarchy) are accountants.

Course content

During the two year programme you will develop an appreciation and understanding of the purposes of accounting, accounting records: subsidiary books and ledger accounts and the preparation and verification of accounting records. You will also be introduced to the areas of Financial and Management Accounting and you will learn about the types of business organisation, accounting concepts, how to prepare of the final accounts and balance sheets of sole traders, ratio analysis and the assessment of business performance. In addition you will be introduced to budgeting and budgetary control. In the second year of the programme you will extend your understanding of both financial record keeping including sources of finance, incomplete records, partnership accounts, published account of limited companies, accounting standards and Management Accounting. Within management accounting you will explore manufacturing accounts, costing methods and variance analysis, capital investment appraisal and finally budgeting and social accounting.

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required 

GCSE Mathematics (6); GCSE English Language (6) 

Confident in the use of numbers 

A high standard of literacy 

A logical approach

Future opportunities

University courses in a variety of subjects can be taken. Related subjects are; Business Studies, Economics, Administration, Management, Marketing. In addition, if you wish to take up a management training course, many of the well-known accountancy firms take A Level students onto their management training course. These courses offer a wellstructured, and well rewarded career opportunity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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