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Accounting A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Do you have your eye on a career in finance, maths, retail or business? Are you a logical thinker who loves working with numbers? Then an AS or A Level in Accounting is perfect for you.
Accounting is about measuring, recording and presenting information about the financial dealings of a business. Accountants review this information to make sure that companies operate properly, keep accurate records and make the best use of their resources. It's more than just number-crunching! 

Course content

You will explore the main ideas behind financial and management accounting, studying the key areas for producing and analysing accounts. By the end of the course, you should be able to produce final accounts and to interpret a wide range of financial documents.

The course is split into four modules, two taken at AS and two for A2.

At AS, you will learn the fundamentals of record keeping and the purposes, techniques and consequences of effective financial accounting. You will come to understand how accounting helps in measuring, monitoring and planning successful businesses. 

At A2 you study in greater depth how accounting techniques aid business management and decision making. You will explore areas such as costing, capital investment, budgeting and social accounting issues. 
You will learn through:
  • Textbooks  
  • Discussion  
  • Case studies 
  • Educational visits 
  • Internet resources 
  • Group Presentations  

Entry requirements

To study A Level Accounting, you will need 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs, or equivalent, including at least a B grade in English Language and a C grade in Mathematics. 

Future opportunities

With an AS or A Level in Accounting, you can study for a degree in Accounting or a similar subject such as Business, Law or Mathematics. You can also choose to enter further accounting training via a professional body such as CIMA or ACCA.

During the course, you will develop skills in reasoning, planning and strategic thinking that will be valued by employers in any industry. However, if numbers are your thing, then you may want to consider a career as an Accounting Technician, Investment Banker, Financial Risk Analyst or Treasurer. 

An A Level in Accounting can lead to careers in areas such as business, marketing, management and accountancy, as well as higher education. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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