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Accounting AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This challenging course is for anyone who enjoys mental maths, figures and problem solving. It suits learners who can work accurately with organised, numerical and logical minds. You also need to be able to analyse business information and to communicate your conclusions in writing.

You will gain:

  • An understanding of the importance of effective accounting systems and an awareness of their limitations.
  • An understanding of the purposes, principles, concepts and techniques of accounting
  • The transferable skills of numeracy, communication, application, presentation, interpretation, analysis and evaluation in an accounting context.
  • A capacity for methodical and critical thought.

Accounting is practical course and lessons will focus on practising how record financial information in the books of accounts and how to produce financial statements.

Students will also be using financial information to analyse business situations using complex calculations.

Course content

In the first year of the course, you will concentrate on mastering book-keeping and learning how to check accounts.  You will also learn how to prepare financial statements for sole traders and limited companies and will use financial information to help with planning and analysing businesses.

In the second year of the course, your knowledge of book-keeping will be extended for use in more complex situations.  You will also learn about published accounts and management accounting. Written questions will focus on the interpretation, analysis and communication of financial information.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have five GCSE passes at grade C or point score 4 or above or the equivalent from 4 subject areas including GCSE English. Mathematics at grade B or point score 6 or above is also necessary to join this course


The course is wholly exam-based and there is no coursework.

Exams will be taken at the end of the two year course

Financial information

Students will be given an opportunity to purchase folders containing workbooks for each unit or can print these themselves.

Future opportunities

A Level Accounting courses provide a sound basis for students wishing to go onto Higher Education.  Students often choose accounting and finance degrees, but the subject can also be very helpful in the study of business and management or related subjects which often contain financial modules.  Some degrees will provide exemptions from professional exams.

Apprenticeships in accounting are another popular option, with students studying AAT qualifications whilst working in accounts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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