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Accounting A Level at WQE

Course description

This course helps students to understand the responsibilities of an accountant. It will help them to appreciate that accountants form recommendations, based upon financial evidence which have significant impacts on the business, the wider economy and society.

Students will develop the ability to classify and organise financial data so that they can methodically analyse that data, solve problems logically and make reasoned choices. They will learn to justify and communicate their reasoned choices effectively.

The course covers the full range of Financial Accounting and Cost and Management Accounting:

Financial Accounting is concerned with the classification and organisation of financial information and how it is presented in its final form such as Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash flow statements. Emphasis is placed on different kinds of business organisation such as sole traders, limited companies and partnerships in order to be able to evaluate their performance.

Cost and Management Accounting is concerned with using financial information in the decision-making process. The topics studies include Budgeting, Marginal, Absorption and Activity Based Costing, Standard Costing and Variance Analysis and Investment Appraisal. Emphasis is placed on purpose and benefits and limitations of these techniques.

Course content

The course covers the full range of Financial Accounting and Cost and Management Accounting:

Financial Accounting is concerned with the classification and organisation of financial information and how it is presented in its final form such as Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash flow statements. Emphasis is placed on different kinds of business organisation such as sole traders, limited companies and partnerships in order to be able to evaluate their performance.

Cost and Management Accounting is concerned with using financial information in the decision-making process. The topics studies include Budgeting, Marginal, Absorption and Activity Based Costing, Standard Costing and Variance Analysis and Investment Appraisal. Emphasis is placed on purpose and benefits and limitations of these techniques.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below) this course also usually requires students to have achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics and a grade 5 or above in English Languages. It is not necessary to have previously studied Accounting.

Assessment

Assessment is wholly by examination. There are two 3 hour written exam papers at the end of the second year of study: Both of these exam papers contain a series of compulsory questions and count equally towards the overall grade.

Future opportunities

Most of our students who look for employment after A-levels seek work in the area of business and finance. Knowledge of accounting is a requirement for most business-related degrees and for many professions. Those who go on to further study often choose degrees in Economics, Business or Accountancy. Fast track degrees in Accounting are now available to very able students with guaranteed vocational employment. Some of our students seek employment and training with accounting firms straight after A-levels.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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