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Accountancy A Level at PETROC

Course description

If you are thinking about Accountancy, this excellent study programme will start you on the right path to a successful career. It's the ideal base for studying Business, Accountancy, Management or Economics at University.

Course content

Starting with the basics of accounting, the entry of source documents such as invoices and credit notes, you will go on to learn how to produce a full set of final accounts for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. Topics include correcting errors, operating the cash book and carrying out bank statement reconciliation.

In the second year of this study programme, you will study more advanced accounting techniques including partnership accounts, investment appraisal and costing and variance analysis. 

An exciting part of the second year curriculum is participation in a fantasy share league. You will be given £20,000 to invest in the top 100 UK listed public limited companies and we track the progress of your portfolio during the year. Find out how shrewd you can be!

A significant majority of students also choose to study the Association of Accounting Technicians Intermediate stage (level 3) qualification in the second year of their studies.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

A grade B in Maths is recommended, as numeracy and logic are integral parts of this subject.


The course is assessed via four externally set examinations. Two papers at AS Level of one and a half hours each, and two papers at A2 Level of two hours each. Students require 40% to secure a grade E pass and 80% secures a grade A pass. AS Module exam papers can be re-taken at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

Many students use this qualification to gain a place at university, with some successful candidates following the modern apprenticeship route gaining employment with an accountancy firm. Indeed last year, two out of three students also successfully completed the AAT Intermediate level qualification alongside their A2 Accounting studies and have secured employment as trainee Accountants in local Accountancy firms/practices. 25% of the group secured places at University.

Further information

In addition to the text book you need to obtain, you will be provided with supplementary booklets in the first term.

Q. Do I have to be good at Maths?
A. Up to a point, the answer is yes! You certainly need to be comfortable with using figures and it helps if you have good mental numeracy skills.

Q. Is accountancy for me?
A. If you enjoy doing calculations, like to be organised, precise and use logic, and like answers to be either right or wrong, then yes, you will suit accounting!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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