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Accounting A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

The Accounting course equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to assess the performance of all types of business organisations. You will learn about key accounting records like ledgers, balance sheets and income statements as well as account for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.

Studying Accounting helps develop your ability to acquire a range of important and transferable skills such as data analysis skills; presenting arguments and making judgements and justified 

recommendations; recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions; planning work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it. Students do require good communication skills as the examinations contain essay-style questions.

Course content

1. An introduction to the role of the accountant in business

2. Types of business organisation

3. The double entry model

4. Verification of accounting records

5. Accounting concepts used in the preparation of accounting records

6. Preparation of financial statements of sole traders

7. Limited company accounts

8. Analysis and evaluation of financial information

9. Budgeting

10. Marginal costing

11. Standard costing and variance analysis

12. Absorption and activity based costing

13. Capital investment appraisal

14. Accounting for organisations with incomplete records

15. Partnership accounts

16. Accounting for limited companies

17. Interpretation, analysis and communication of accounting information

18. The impact of ethical considerations

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

Students who wish to pursue a career as an Accountant can either opt to go to University to study Accounting and then gain a position as a trainee accountant or, alternatively, they could gain an apprenticeship and start the professional examinations straight away, becoming a fully qualified accountant without having the debt of a University degree.

No other carrier offers the mobility that a Chartered Accountancy qualification does. For example, they can take on the role of a business advisor, who makes high-level strategic decisions, aimed at driving business, improving profit margins and increasing market share for their clients/employers. Many Chartered Accountants also use their expertise to form their own businesses.

Please note students wishing to study Accounting at the top Universities usually require GCSE Grade  6 in Maths and English Language.

Further information

Accounting has many close ties to firms and Universities. Every year we have speakers from KPMG, PWC and a local accountancy firm Clarke Nicklin. As a department, we are keen to improve students employability skills so enter the Chartered Institute of Accountants BASE competition. We also encourage students to gain work experience in an accounting firm – in previous years these have included PWC, KPMG, Allens and Clarke Nicklin.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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