If you are focused on a career in accounting, finance or business then this practical course is a great choice. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to effectively analyse the performance of all types of business organisations. Accounting combines well with subjects such as Business Studies, Economics, Law and Mathematics.
AS Accounting provides an introduction to both financial and management accounting. You will learn about bookkeeping, budgeting and key records like the Income Statement and Balance Sheet. A2 Accounting builds on the firm foundation from the first year with a more in-depth study of both financial and management accounting. You will study topics such as sources of finance, capital investment appraisal, costing, partnership financial statements and social accounting.
A Level Accounting students have the option to additionally study industry qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The AAT is the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications (www.aat.org.uk). The AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting is studied in parallel with AS Accounting and is broadly equivalent in size to one AS Level. The AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting is studied in parallel with A2 Accounting and is recognised for university entry UCAS points.
Students who study the AAT qualifications to complement their A Level become members of the college’s Accounting Academy. The AAT qualifications and a related SAGE Computerised Accounting qualification are delivered free to Accounting Academy students. The college will also pay the annual AAT membership fee for each Academy student, enabling access to online industry resources to support career progression.
Updated July 2017
No previous knowledge of the subject is required but you will need to have achieved a minimum grade B in GCSE Maths.
The course is delivered through a variety of teaching methods. Team and group work is encouraged and independent study is essential.
The course is of a practical nature and the class atmosphere is lively, with a great deal of student participation.
Work is all based on real-life situations, which call for accuracy and the ability to handle a large volume of information.
Many students become qualified accountants by progressing either to university or to the AAT Level 4 course which is delivered at Sketty Hall.
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